O Lord, open our lips;
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
God ever reigns on high.
O come, let us worship.
- When Israel came out of Egypt:
the house of Jacob from among
the people of an alien tongue,
- Judah became the Lord's temple:
and Israel became God's kingdom.
- The sea fled at the sight of it:
and Jordan turned back in its course.
- The mountains skipped like rams:
and the hills like yearling sheep.
- Why was it that you fled O sea:
and you Jordan that you turned back.
- you mountains that you skipped like rams:
and you hills like yearling sheep?
- Tremble O earth at the presence of the Lord:
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
- who turned the hard rock into a pool of water:
and the flint-stone into a gushing spring.
The Armour of God
grant us your wisdom and favour,
give us the grace to cast off the works of darkness
and put on the full armour of God,
now in the time of this mortal life,
Place on us the belt of truth, because you are the way,
and the truth and the life,
the breastplate of righteousness,
because we have no righteousness of our own,
but you became our righteousness on the cross.
Place on us shoes of the Gospel of peace
that we miss no opportunity to share your love with others.
Put on us the shield of faith,
that the fiery darts of the enemy do not harm us in any way.
Put on us the helmet of salvation,
that our minds be protected and renewed daily in You.
Put on us the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God;
and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all for ever more.