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Prayer

Bless the Lord, whose name is to be praised,
Our Father who art in heaven,
who has given us his laws,
to show us the error of our ways,
Blessed is his son, Christ the Messiah,
who redeemed us from having broken them.
Blessed are you, O Holy Spirit,
who assists us in sinning no more,
and sustains us in the way of the Lord,
grant us wisdom and understanding this day.
Amen.

Old Testament Reading - The resting place of wisdom

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  1. Wisdom praises herself,
    and tells of her glory in the midst of her people.
  2. In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth,
    and in the presence of his hosts she tells of her glory:
  3. ‘I came forth from the mouth of the Most High,
    and covered the earth like a mist.
  4. I dwelt in the highest heavens,
    and my throne was in a pillar of cloud.
  5. Alone I compassed the vault of heaven
    and traversed the depths of the abyss.
  6. Over waves of the sea, over all the earth,
    and over every people and nation I have held sway.[a]
  7. Among all these I sought a resting-place;
    in whose territory should I abide?

  8. ‘Then the Creator of all things gave me a command,
    and my Creator chose the place for my tent.
  9. He said, “Make your dwelling in Jacob,
    and in Israel receive your inheritance.”
  10. Before the ages, in the beginning, he created me,
    and for all the ages I shall not cease to be.
  11. In the holy tent I ministered before him,
    and so I was established in Zion.
. . . . . . . .Sirach 24:1-10
  1. Other ancient authorities read I have acquired a possession

They were faithful until death
and God has given them the crown of life.

Intercession

Please remember our Prayer Requests

Exalt yourself, O God, above the heavens,
and your glory over all the earth.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
May the fields of the wilderness be rich pasture
and the hills be clothed with joy.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead us,
and bring us to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Amen.