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The Lord is Our Salvation (LOH Monday Week 4)

The following reflections are provided for individual or communal reflection in preparation for praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

Morning Prayer -> Evening Prayer -> How to Pray


Morning Prayer

Psalm 90 -> Isaiah 42:10-16 -> Psalm 135:1-12

1. Take a few moments to reflect on the themes of the prayers this morning:

This morning we are invited to reflect on the God who saves us, the God who continually throughout history has remained faithful inspite of human weakness and rebellion. God has been our “refuge” from one generation to the next and we ask him this morning to to fill us with his love and help us return once again to Him (Psalm 90). As we do we are invited to praise God for His goodness, remembering all the many ways God has delivered us (Psalm 135:1-12) and leading others back to God (Isaiah 42:10-16).

2. Consider one or more of these questions for reflection:

  • How have you turned away from God?
  • How has God remained faithful to you?
  • How will you share the good news of the saving power of God today?

Evening Prayer

Psalm 136 -> Ephesians 1:3-10 -> 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

1. Take a few moments to reflect on the themes of the prayers this evening:

Psalm 136 is known as the Great Hallel, sung at the end of the Passover meal.  It recalls how the Lord delivered His people from slavery in Egypt. The Psalm concludes the Passover meal and it was also the human that Jesus and His disciples would have likely sung at the Last Supper.[1]  Ephesians 1:3-10 invites us to praise God for his mercy, generosity, and plan of salvation. 

2. Consider one or more of these questions for reflection:

  • How might you identify with the Israelite journey to freedom from Egypt when reflecting on your own journey from slavery to sin, grief, fear, addiction, or other struggle? (Psalm 136).
  • What does it mean for you to be an adopted child of God through Jesus Christ? (Ephesians 1:3-10).

[1] John Brook, “The School of Prayer:  An Introduction to The Divine Office for All Christians (Collegeville, MN:  Liturgical Press, 1991), 390.

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