Liturgical Prayer

Listen. Act. Do not delay.

During the first year of the reign of Darius, Daniel tells us that he was “perusing the scriptures, counting over the number of years – as revealed by God to the prophet Jeremiah – that were to pass before the successive devastations of Jerusalem would come to an end”. Daniel then says he turned his face to God “begging for time to pray and to plead, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes”.

Daniel said,

“Listen my God, listen to us;
open your eyes and look on our plight and on the city that bears your name.
We are not relying our own good works but on your great mercy,
to commend our humble plea to you.
Listen, God!
God, forgive!
Hear, God, and act!
For your own sake, my God, do not delay, because they bear your name.
This is your city, this is your people.”

We plead with God just as Daniel did – to listen, to act, to not delay - as the devastation of the coronavirus continues.

God, we are your people.

Hear our prayer.

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3

Daniel 9:1-3,18-19 (an excerpt from the Office of Readings for Thursday of the 32nd Week of Ordinary Time)