Govern everything by Your wisdom, O Lord, so that my soul may always be serving You in the way You will and not as I choose. Let me die to myself so that I may serve You; let me live to You who are life itself. Amen.
-Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
(Be still before God)
Prayer of the Bible
No one is like you, O LORD; You are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. The LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. In his anger, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath. God made the earth by his power; he formed the world by his wisdom And stretched out the heavens by his understanding. When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain. And brings out the wind from his storehouses. I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own; It is not for man to direct his steps. Correct me, LORD, but only with justice— Not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing.
-Adapted from Jeremiah 10:6,7,12,13,23,24
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God You take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy. To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forever! Amen
Go, sent by the Father into the world to love & serve in the name of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit
photo 1 taken at: Gozo, Malta
photo 2 taken at: Athens, Greece