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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

First Reading

Isaiah 6,1-2.3-8

In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne; his train filled the sanctuary.

Above him stood seraphs, each one with six wings: two to cover its face, two to cover its feet and two for flying;

and they were shouting these words to each other: Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh Sabaoth. His glory fills the whole earth.

The door-posts shook at the sound of their shouting, and the Temple was full of smoke.

Then I said: 'Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, Yahweh Sabaoth.'

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding in its hand a live coal which it had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.

With this it touched my mouth and said: 'Look, this has touched your lips, your guilt has been removed and your sin forgiven.'

I then heard the voice of the Lord saying: 'Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I, send me.'

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