Thankful for a good start to Lent. I consider yesterday to be Day One, with Ash Wednesday standing on its own, and I managed to observe my Lenten commitment to pray the evening form of a simplified Liturgy of the Hours. Deciding that I already own enough books, I reached back to a much earlier purchase for this Lent, rediscovering a little book called Proclaim Praise from Liturgy Training Publications. Simple, straightforward words, written long before by others, they express what I did not realize I needed to say. Although the psalms have been accomplishing that for centuries, I was a little surprised to find the prayers of intercession composed by Gabe Huck in the mid-1990s to be so resonant.
“For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among peoples, . . .
For the holy church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, . . .
For those in positions of public trust, that they may serve justice and promote the dignity and freedom of all people, . . .
For a blessing upon the labors of all, and for the right use of the riches of creation, . . .
For the poor, persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners and those in danger, . . .
For our congregation, that we may be delivered from hardness of heart and show forth God’s glory in all that we do, . . .
For our enemies and those who wish us harm and for all whom we have injured or offended, . .
For the forgiveness of sins and for the grace of the Holy Spirit to amend our lives, . . .
For our families, friends and neighbors, . . .
For all who have died, that with all the saints they may have rest, . . .”
Lord, hear our prayer.