As I rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of Your presence, O God, set my heart on fire with love for You, now and forever. Amen.
-The Divine Office
Prayer of the Bible
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his love endures forever. To Him alone who does great wonders, for his love endures forever. Who by his understanding made the heavens, for his love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his love endures forever
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Forget not the Lord’s benefits; who forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities; who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with steadfast love and mercy
-Psalm 103: 3-4
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
Here's what I'm saying: Ask and you'll get; Seek and you'll find; Knock and the door will open. Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need
-Luke 11:9-10 The Message
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
I have only today my life is an instant, an hour which passes by; My life is a moment, which I have no power to stay. You know, O my God, that to love You here on earth, I have only today.
-St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)
Go, sent by the Father into the world to love & serve in the name of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit
photo 1 taken in: Gozo, Malta
photo 2 taken in: Palermo, Sicily