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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memorial of Saint Peter Damian (1007-1072). Faithful to his monastic vocation, he loved the entire Church and spent his life reforming it. Memory of the monks in every part of the world.

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Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Deuteronomy 26,16-19

'Yahweh your God commands you today to observe these laws and customs; you must keep and observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. 'Today you have obtained this declaration from Yahweh: that he will be your God, but only if you follow his ways, keep his statutes, his commandments, his customs, and listen to his voice. And today Yahweh has obtained this declaration from you: that you will be his own people -- as he has said -- but only if you keep all his commandments; then for praise and renown and honour, he will raise you higher than every other nation he has made, and you will be a people consecrated to Yahweh, as he has promised.'


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

In the typical language of Deuteronomy, this passage insists upon the particular relationship between Israel and its God: the covenant. "He will be your God" and Israel will be "his people." This is one of the central points of the theology of Deuteronomy and of the books that follow, from Joshua to the Second Book of Kings. The entire history of Israel is marked by the vision of this close relationship between God and Israel. The Lord has chosen this small people to "consecrate them" to his name. He has separated them from the other peoples of the earth—even those that are more numerous and powerful, like Assyria, Egypt, Babylonia - to make them his own, as we read in chapter 7: "It was not because you were more numerous than any other people that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you—for you were the fewest of all peoples. It was because the Lord loved you" (v.7-8). The covenant with God requires fidelity to the Law. And the Law opens with an invitation to listen to the Lord, "Today you have obtained the Lord’s agreement: to be your God; and for you to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, and his ordinances, and to obey him." Everything is based on listening. Israel’s profession of faith, which is still recited by all Jews today, begins with the words of Deuteronomy 6:4: "Hear Oh Israel: the Lord is your God, one is the Lord." It is possible to observe the laws and walk in the ways of God only if we adopt an attitude of listening. The time of Lent is a good time to get out of the habit of listening to ourselves and to put ourselves before the Lord and listen to his word of life. Only in this way will we be able to convert our hearts and entrust our lives to God, making him the one Lord of our lives. The heavens are still filled with idols today, just as they were in the time of Israel, concepts and things before which we bow and to which we sometimes even sacrifice our existence. There are many false prophets who speak every day to bend the hearts of men and women to the idols of money, success, glory, power, consumption, and the immediate satisfaction of ourselves and our desires. And unfortunately there are many who let themselves be attracted by them and the idolatrous worship of the things of this world. To escape the bondage of these new forms of idolatry, it is essential for us to listen to the Word of God every day, treasuring it in our hearts and living it out in obedience. The Word of God will keep us covenanted with the Lord and protect our freedom.

Sunday Vigil

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Sunday, 15 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 16 October
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 17 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 18 October
Memory of the Apostles
Thursday, 19 October
Memory of the Church
Friday, 20 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 21 October
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 22 October
Liturgy of the Sunday