Always be joyful, pray continually;
give thanks, whatever happens.
- Give the king your justice O God:
and your righteousness to a king's son,
- that he may judge your people rightly:
and uphold the poor with justice.
- Let the mountains bring forth peace for the people:
and the hills prosperity with justice.
- May the king defend the cause
of the poor among the people:
save the children of the needy
and crush the oppressor.
- May he live as long as the sun endures:
as long as the moon from age to age.
- May he come down like rain upon the grass:
like showers that water the earth.
- In his days may righteousness flourish:
and abundance of peace till the moon is no more.
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.