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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Philippians 1, 1-11

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all God's holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with their presiding elders and the deacons.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God whenever I think of you,

and every time I pray for you all, I always pray with joy

for your partnership in the gospel from the very first day up to the present.

I am quite confident that the One who began a good work in you will go on completing it until the Day of Jesus Christ comes.

It is only right that I should feel like this towards you all, because you have a place in my heart, since you have all shared together in the grace that has been mine, both my chains and my work defending and establishing the gospel.

For God will testify for me how much I long for you all with the warm longing of Christ Jesus;

it is my prayer that your love for one another may grow more and more with the knowledge and complete understanding

that will help you to come to true discernment, so that you will be innocent and free of any trace of guilt when the Day of Christ comes,

entirely filled with the fruits of uprightness through Jesus Christ, for the glory and praise of God.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Already by his second visit, Paul had founded the community in Philippi in the year 50 AD (Acts 16:12-40). Now he is writing to them from prison, perhaps in Ephesus (or from Rome, at the end of his life). In the beginning of the letter, the apostle astounds us: he does not talk about his difficulties, but rather gives thanks to the Lord and rejoices in the memory of the generosity with which the Christian community in Philippi communicates the Gospel. His words are full of affection for those first disciples in the community in Philippi. The Gospel creates bonds of love so strong that not even difficulties can deaden let alone eliminate them. Furthermore, even from prison the Apostle testifies that the communion among Jesus’ disciples is a force and a grace that keeps us steady in the one unique love. His words reveal that at the heart of this profound communion is prayer. Twice the apostle writes that he prays for the Christians in Philippi. In prayer, Christians feel united both with brothers and sisters near and far, and strengthens the love that God has given through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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