O Lord, open our lips;
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
God ever reigns on high.
O come, let us worship.
- Whakamoemititia a Ihowa/ Praise the Lord.
O praise the Lord, you servants of the Lord:
O praise the name of the Lord.
- Blessed be the name of the Lord:
both now and forevermore.
- The Lord's name be praised:
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
- The Lord is high above the nations:
and the glory of the Lord above the heavens.
- Who can be likened to the Lord our God,
who sits enthroned on high:
yet deigns to look down from heaven to earth?
- The Lord lifts the weak out of the dust:
and raises the poor from the dung-heap,
- to make them sit with princes:
with the princes of God's people.
- The Lord gives the barren woman a home:
and makes her the joyful mother of children.
Whakamoemititia a Ihowa/ O praise the Lord.
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.