Always be joyful, pray continually;
give thanks, whatever happens.
- Clap your hands all you peoples:
cry out to God with shouts of joy.
- For the Lord most high is to be feared:
and is the great sovereign over all the earth.
- The Lord has subdued the peoples under us:
and the nations under our feet.
- The Lord chose a land to be our heritage:
it is the pride of Jacob whom God loves.
- God has gone up with shouts of triumph:
the Lord has gone up with a fanfare of trumpets.
- Song praises, sing praises to God:
sing praises, sing praises to our king.
- For God is the king of all the earth:
sing praises with your utmost skill.
- God reigns over the nations:
God is seated on a holy throne.
- The princes of the nations assemble:
with the people of the God of Abraham.
- For the mighty ones of the earth
have become the servants of God:
the Lord is exalted over all.
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.