We sign ourselves in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of the devastating September 11th attacks on the United States World Trade Center in 2001. Let us pause and pray for all those who lost family and friends on this very sad day.
In this letter to the Corinthians St. Paul writes:
I know what it is like to work hard and to live dangerously.
I’ve been beaten up more times than I can remember, been in more than one prison, and faced death more than once.
I’ve been shipwrecked three times; and once I was adrift and out of sight of land for twenty-four hours.
I don’t know how many roads I’ve tramped.
I’ve faced bandits; I’ve been attacked by fellow-countrymen and foreigners. I’ve met danger in city streets and on lonely roads and out
on the open sea. I’ve been in some tight corners – but never worried.
I’ve lost my way, but never my courage.
I’ve been on the run, but never abandoned.
I’ve been knocked down, but never knocked out.
This is nothing I can’t face; but I know where my strength comes from – it comes from Jesus.” (2 Cor. 11:23-28)
Let us pray with the words that Jesus taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.