Daily Prayers for October 16

The Soviet Union and Cuba made an agreement in 1962 to allow the storage of nuclear missiles on the island of Cuba. Once the United States discovered the plan, the US Navy surrounded the island on October 16. Tensions were high as the Cold War enemies faced off ninety miles from US soil. The Soviet Union agreed to remove the missiles if the US removed its own missiles from southern Italy and Turkey and did not attack Cuba.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us bow down and bend the knee : let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Song “Lamb of God”

You have been gracious to your land, O Lord : preserve us from self-destruction.

Psalm 85:7 11

Show us your mercy, O Lord : and grant us your salvation.

I will listen to what the Lord God is saying : for he is speaking peace to his faithful -people and to those who turn their hearts to him.

Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him : that his glory may dwell in our land.

Mercy and truth have met together : righteous-ness and peace have kissed each other.

Truth shall spring up from the earth : and righteous-ness shall look down from heaven.

You have been gracious to your land, O Lord : preserve us from self-destruction.

Haggai 1:1 – 2:9 2 Co-rin-thi-ans 5:11 – 6:2

You have been gracious to your land, O Lord : preserve us from self-destruction.

Catholic peace activist Jim Douglass has written, “The Cold War has been followed by its twin, the War on Terror. We are engaged in another apocalyptic struggle against an enemy seen as absolute evil. Terrorism has replaced Communism as the enemy. We are told we can be safe only through the threat of escalating violence. Yet the redemptive means John Kennedy turned to, in a similar struggle, was dialogue with the enemy. When the enemy is seen as human, everything changes.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us now by your mighty power that we might not fall into sin nor be overcome by adversity, and in all that we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose, through -Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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