Always be joyful, pray continually;
give thanks, whatever happens.
- The heavens proclaim the glory of God:
and the vault of the sky
reveals God's handiwork.
- One day speaks to another:
and night shares its knowledge with night,
- and this without speech or language:
their voices are not heard.
- But their sound goes out into all lands:
their words to the ends of the earth.
- In them God has pitched a tent for the sun:
which comes out like a bridegroom,
like an athlete eager to run a race.
- Its rising is at one end of the sky, it runs its course to the other:
and there is nothing that is hidden from its heat.
- The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul:
the instruction of the Lord is sure, and gives wisdom to the simple.
- The precepts of the Lord are right,
and rejoice the heart:
the commandment of the Lord is pure
and gives light to the eyes.
- The fear of the Lord is clean, and endures forever:
the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous every one.
- They are more to be desired than gold, even much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey, pure honey from the comb.
- By them is your servant taught:
and for keeping them there is great reward.
- Who can discern unwitting sins?
O cleanse me from my secret faults.
- Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins,
lest they get the better of me:
then shall I be clean, and innocent of great offence.
- Let the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart:
be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer.
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.