See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, says the Lord.- Jeremiah 31:8
Always be joyful, pray continually;
give thanks, whatever happens.
- You O God are to be praised in Jerusalem:
to you shall vows be performed.
- You give heed to prayer:
to you all mortals shall come to confess their sins.
- The burden of our sins is too great for us:
but you will purge them away.
- Blessed are the people you choose,
and bring to dwell in your courts:
we shall be filled with the blessings
of your house your holy temple.
- With awesome deeds you answer our prayers for deliverance,
O God our saviour:
you that are the hope of all the ends of the earth,
and of the far-off seas.
- By your strength you made fast the mountains:
and gird yourself round with power.
- You still the raging of the seas,
and the roar of the waves:
and the tumult of the peoples.
- The dwellers at the ends of the earth
are awed by your wonders:
you make the lands of sunrise and sunset
resound with shouts of joy.
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.