Psalm for 12 September, the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Lord is my portion;
I promise to keep your words.
I entreat your favor with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
When I think on my ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies;
I hasten and do not delay
to keep your commandments.
Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
I do not forget your law.
At midnight I rise to praise you,
because of your righteous rules.
I am a companion of all who fear you,
of those who keep your precepts.
The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;
teach me your statutes!
THE PSALM PRAYER
Most Merciful God, Author of all good things, who has given your holy commandments to us, by which we should direct our life: Imprint them on our hearts by your Holy Spirit, and grant that we may so renounce all our worldly desires and all the vanities of this present age, that our whole pleasure and delight may be in your instruction, so that we, being always governed by your holy Word, may in the end attain to that eternal salvation, which you have promised. Through Jesus Christ, your Son. AMEN.