|One of youngest parishioners reached for the gospel book, and he delighted in it.|
Almighty Creator, who guards us through the night and guides us through the day, we thank you for keeping us in the hollow of your hand.
You, O Holy One, are the source of our life and our breath; all that we have and all that we are is rooted in You: bless us, we pray. Make us steadfast in hope, remembering always you abounding love and mercy showered upon us. Ignite our souls with the sacred fire of wisdom, that our lives may sing out the glory of your gospel, O Christ.
Rest your comforting and healing hand upon the heads and hearts of those who suffer pain or anxiety, Blessed Savior. Guide those who call upon You into resolution and peace, O Merciful One, especially those we now name.