Sunday, May 17, 2009

Request for Prayers

My mum is going into hospital on Wednesday for an operation: of your charity, please keep her in your prayers.


Matthias (see comments) suggested Psalm 27 (26 in the Vulgate) as a good prayer to pray; here it is in the Grail Version familiar to me from the modern Divine Office:

Psalm 27(26) Dominus illuminatio

1 The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?

2 When evil-doers draw near
to devour my flesh,
it is they, my enemies and foes,
who stumble and fall.

3 Though an army encamp against me
my heart would not fear.
Though war break out against me
even then would I trust.

4 There is one thing I ask of the Lord,
for this I long,
to live in the house of the Lord,
all the days of my life,
to savor the sweetness of the Lord,
to behold his temple.

5 For there he keeps me safe in his tent
in the day of evil.
He hides me in the shelter of his tent,
on a rock he sets me safe.

6 And now my head shall be raised
above my foes who surround me
and I shall offer within his tent
a sacrifice of joy.

I will sing and make music for the Lord.

7 O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
8 Of you my heart has spoken:
"Seek his face."

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;
9 hide not your face.
Dismiss not your servant in anger;
you have been my help.

Do not abandon or forsake me,
O God my help!
10 Though father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.

11 Instruct me, Lord, in your way;
on an even path lead me.
12 When they lie in ambush protect me
from my enemy's greed.
False witnesses rise against me,
breathing out fury.

13 I am sure I shall see the Lord's goodness
in the land of the living.
14 Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!


matthias said...

Joshua, from my own experiences ,as both a nurse and as a son,can i suggest the reading of Psalm 27 .
I get great heart from reading
The Lord is the defence of my life
whom shall i fear?

It is a Psalm of fearless trust in God to quote from the top of the psalm. I will pray for your mother and that she makes a good recovery

Joshua said...

Thanks, Matthias, for your kind words.