From Today's Office

Passages from today's Divine Office among other things

See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Be attentive to him and heed his voice.

—From the book of Exodus and the reading from Lauds for the Memorial of the Guardian Angels.

Oh, God, who dispose in marvelous order
ministries both angelic and human
graciously grant
that our life on earth may be defended
by those who watch over us
as they minister perpetually to you in heaven.

—The Collect for the Mass of today’s Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels, and an appropriate closing prayer of today’s Office. ┬áSay the Te Deum today!

we have celebrated today,
the mystery of the rising of Christ to new life.
May we now rest in your peace,
safe from all that could harm us,
and rise again refreshed and joyful,
to praise you throughout another day.

—The closing prayer from Compline for Sunday.

If nature abhors a vacuum, Christ abhors a vagueness. If God is love, Christ is love for this one person, this one place, this one time-bound and time ravaged self.

—Christian Wiman (via denisehess)

Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

—Hebrews 4:16, from the Introit for the Immaculate Heart of Mary, August 22 (via purgatorialsociety)


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I will lead the blind on their journey;
by paths unknown I will lead them.
I will turn darkness into light before them,
and make crooked ways straight.

—From the book by the prophet Isaiah and from Lauds for Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time (Week IV of the Four-Week Psalter).

Show favor, O Lord, to your servants
and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace,
that, made fervent in hope, faith, and charity,
they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands.

—The Collect for the Mass for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Let everything that lives and breathes
give praise to the Lord.

—From Psalm 150 and from Lauds for the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Week IV of the Four-Week Psalter).

You will not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the plague that prowls in the darkness
nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.

A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand fall at your right,
you, it will never approach;
his faithfulness is buckler and shield.

—From Psalm 91 and from Second Compline for Sunday.