September 8, 2022

Prayer from St. Augustine’s Prayer Book

Grant us patience, O Lord, to follow the road you have taken. Let our confidence not rest in our own understanding but in your guiding hand; let our desires not be for our own comfort, but for the joy of your kingdom; for your cross is our hope and our joy now and unto the day of eternity. Amen

Psalm 50

The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; *

he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *

God reveals himself in glory.
Our God will come and will not keep silence; *

before him there is a consuming flame,
and round about him a raging storm.
He calls the heavens and the earth from above *

to witness the judgment of his people.
“Gather before me my loyal followers, *

those who have made a covenant with me
and sealed it with sacrifice.”
Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *

for God himself is judge.
Hear, O my people, and I will speak:
“O Israel, I will bear witness against you; *

for I am God, your God.
I do not accuse you because of your sacrifices; *

your offerings are always before me.
I will take no bull-calf from your stalls, *

nor he-goats out of your pens;
For all the beasts of the forest are mine, *

the herds in their thousands upon the hills.
I know every bird in the sky, *

and the creatures of the fields are in my sight.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you, *

for the whole world is mine and all that is in it.
Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, *

or drink the blood of goats?
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving *

and make good your vows to the Most High.
Call upon me in the day of trouble; *

I will deliver you, and you shall honor me.”
But to the wicked God says: *

“Why do you recite my statutes,
and take my covenant upon your lips;
Since you refuse discipline, *

and toss my words behind your back?
When you see a thief, you make him your friend, *

and you cast in your lot with adulterers.
You have loosed your lips for evil, *

and harnessed your tongue to a lie.
You are always speaking evil of your brother *

and slandering your own mother’s son.
These things you have done, and I kept still, *

and you thought that I am like you.”
“I have made my accusation; *

I have put my case in order before your eyes.
Consider this well, you who forget God, *

lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you.
Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; *

but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God.”

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