The heavens declare your glory; O God, and the skies proclaim the work of your hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
-Psalm 19: 1-2
Prayer of the Bible
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Help us Lord, to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer. Amen
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
O Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Pentecost, help me to clarify what is ambiguous, to give warmth to what is indifferent, to enlighten what is obscure, and to be before the world a true and generous witness of Christ's love, for no one can live without love. Amen
-Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)