Mid-Day Prayer for Saturday, May 14

Mid-Day Prayer for Easter Season from Daily Prayer for All Seasons


Alleluia! Risen Lord,
deepen our desire for you. Alleluia!


God of steadfast love: Turn our hearts to you, that we may once again delight in your goodness and rejoice in the good news of the risen Christ; in whose name we pray. Amen.


Psalm 118:19-24

Open for me the gates of righteousness;*
I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord.

“This is the gate of the Lord;*
the righteous shall enter through it.”

I will give thanks to you, for you answered me*
and have become my salvation.

The same stone that the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.

This is the Lord’s doing,*
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

On this day that the Lord has acted, *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.


Matthew 5:38-45
‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.


“The future will be different if we make the present different.”
–Peter Maurin

How will we make the future different by caring for others now?


Lord Jesus, you rise triumphant over death and the grave:
Christ our life, save us.

Christ, the Lord of life, raise us to new life:
Christ our life, save us.

(those gathered may add particular intercessions or thanksgivings).

In a world where so many suffer because of hunger and injustice:
Christ our life, save us.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, 
     hallowed be your Name, 
     your kingdom come, 
     your will be done, 
         on earth as in heaven. 
Give us today our daily bread. 
Forgive us our sins 
     as we forgive those 
         who sin against us. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
     and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, 
     and the glory are yours, 
     now and for ever. Amen.


Living God, long ago, faithful women proclaimed the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, and the world was changed forever: Teach us to keep faith with them, that our witness may be as bold, our love as deep, and our faith as true. Amen.

Going Out

Alleluia! Risen Lord,
deepen our desire for you. Alleluia!