August 19

St. John Eudes

Antiphon (mantra) repeat quietly:

If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.

Psalm 19

The heavens declare your glory, O God,
and the firmament proclaims your works.

Day unto day pours out the story;
night unto night makes known the beauty.
Without a word,
without a sound,
without a voice being heard,
their message fills all the earth,
resounding to the ends of the universe.

There you placed a tent for the sun,
rejoicing like a champion on the course.
At the horizon is the rising of the sun;
to the furthest edge of the sky is its course.
There is nothing concealed
from its burning heat.

Your teaching is perfect,
renewing life.
Your decrees are trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
Your law is truth,
gladdening the heart.

Your words are holy,
enduring forever.
More desirable than gold are your words,
even the finest of gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
honey from the comb.

So in them I find instruction;
great reward is in their keeping.
Can I detect my own failings?
Cleanse me from my unknown faults.
From pride preserve me
and let it not rule me.
Then I shall be blameless,
clean from grave offense.

May the words of my mouth
and the thoughts of my heart
be acceptable in your presence, O God,
my glory, my rock.

Pray the Prayer of Jesus (Our Father)

Translation © 1998 Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Inc.