You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
Say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress,
in whom I trust."
For he will
rescue you from the snare of the fowler,
from the destroying pestilence.
With his pinions he will
and under his wings you shall take refuge;
his faithfulness is a buckler and a shield.
You shall not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day;
Though a thousand fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right
near you it shall not come.
Rather with your eyes shall you behold
and see the requital of the wicked,
Because you have the Lord
for your refuge;
you have made the Most High your stronghold.
shall befall you,
nor shall affliction come near your tent.
For to his angels
he has given command about you
that they guard you in all your ways.
Upon their hands they shall bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Because he clings to me, I will
set him on high because he acknowledges my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will
be with him in distress;
deliver him and glorify him;
with length of days I will
show him my salvation.
and Holy Week
in the Home by Emerson and Arlene Hynes,
The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1977.]
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O God, I beseech You,
watch over those exposed to the horror of war,
and the spiritual dangers of a soldier's or sailor's life.
Give them such a strong faith
that no human respect may ever lead them to deny it,
nor fear ever to practice it.
By Your grace, O God,
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