Psalm for 18 September, the 24th Saturday in Ordinary Time
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
to keep your righteous rules.
I am severely afflicted;
give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord,
and teach me your rules.
I hold my life in my hand continually,
but I do not forget your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me,
but I do not stray from your precepts.
Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
for they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes
forever, to the end.
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.