In an effort to wrangle myself into some sort of prayer rule again (do hormones disrupt prayer rules, or am I stretching the effect of them here?), for the Nativity Fast I reverted to a Lenten discipline given me by a monk a few years ago: The Psalms. So for this year's Nativity Fast, which began this past Saturday, in addition to a little bit of self denial in the food category, I have begun to read the Psalms. This year, rather than going in order, I am randomly opening my Psalter, and reading what Our Lord presents to me. Here is this morning's offering:
Sing a new song to the Lord
for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy arm
have brought salvation.
The Lord has made known his salvation;
He has remembered his truth and love
for the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God
Shout to the Lord all the earth,
ring out your joy.
Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp
with the sound of music.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
acclaim the King, the Lord.
* * *
Let the sea and all within it, thunder;
the world and all its peoples.
Let the rivers clap their hands
and the hills ring out their joy
at the presence of the Lord: for he comes,
he comes to rule the earth
He will rule the the world with justice
and the peoples with fairness.
Have a blessed day!