One thing You have spoken, O Lord, two things I have heard: That You, O God are strong and that You, O Lord are loving.
-Psalm 62: 11-12
Prayer of the Bible
Many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
O God, by whose command the order of time runs its course; forgive our impatience, perfect our faith, and while we wait for the fulfillment of your promises, grant us to have a good hope because of your word; through Jesus Christ our Savior.
-Gregory Nazienzen (300-390)
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers 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)
My God, I love You with my whole heart and soul, and above all things, because You are infinitely good and perfect, and most worthy of my love; and for Your sake I love my neighbor as myself. Mercifully grant, O my God, that having loved You on earth, I may love and enjoy You forever in heaven. Amen
-Traditional Catholic Prayer