Always be joyful, pray continually;
give thanks, whatever happens.
- Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord;
and greatly delight in God's commandments.
- Their descendants will be mighty in the land;
the children of the upright will be blessed.
- Riches and plenty shall fill their houses;
righteousness shall be theirs for ever.
- They are a light in the darkness for the upright;
being gracious compassionate and just.
- It goes well with those who are generous in lending;
who conduct their affairs with justice.
- For the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be kept in remembrance for ever.
- They will not live in fear of bad news;
because with steadfast heart they trust in the Lord.
- Their heart is steady they will not fear;
in the end they shall see their enemies downfall.
- They give freely to the poor;
their righteousness stand for ever,
and they will hold up their head with honour.
- The wicked will be vexed when they see it;
they will grind their teeth and slink away,
for the hopes of the wicked shall come to nothing.
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.