The special prayer
either before or after the Wednesday evening meal is a selection from Psalm 21:23-32, in which we see through the eyes of David the picture of Christ
suffering for us on the Cross.
proclaim your name to my brethren:
in the midst of the assembly I will
"You who fear the Lord, praise him;
all you descendants of Jacob, give glory
revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
For he has not spurned nor disdained
the wretched man
in his misery
Nor did he turn his face away from him,
but when he cried out to him, he heard him."
So by your gift will
I utter praise in the vast assembly;
fulfill my vows
before those who fear him.
The lowly shall eat their fill;
they who seek the Lord
shall praise him:
"May your hearts be ever merry!"
All the ends of the earth
shall remember and turn to the Lord;
All the families of the nations
shall bow down before him.
For dominion is the Lord's
and he rules the nations.
To him alone shall bow down
all who sleep in the earth;
Before him shall bend
all who go down into the dust.
And to him my soul
my descendants shall serve him.
Let the coming generation
be told of the Lord
that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born
he has shown.
By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.
St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy ... continue reading
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