August 16, 2022

Prayer by Bridgid of Gael, first millenium

I arise today
Through a mighty strength:
God’s power to guide me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s eyes to watch over me;
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to give me speech,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to shelter me,
God’s host to secure me.

Amen.

 

 

Psalm 127

Unless the Lord builds the house, *

their labor is in vain who build it.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, *

in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.
It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; *

vain, too, to eat the bread of toil,
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, *

and the fruit of the womb is a gift.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior *

are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! *

he shall not be put to shame
when he contends with his enemies in the gate.

Image: “St Brigid” by Lawrence OP is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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