Psalm 144
1 Blessed be the LORD my rock!*
who trains my hands to fight and my fingers to battle;

2 My help and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer,*
my shield in whom I trust,
who subdues the peoples under me.

3 O LORD, what are we that you should care for us?*
mere mortals that you should think of us?

4 We are like a puff of wind;*
our days are like a passing shadow.

5 Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down; *
touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

6 Hurl the lightning and scatter them;*
shoot out your arrows and rout them.

7 Stretch out your hand from on high;*
rescue me and deliver me from the great waters,
from the hand of foreign peoples,

8 Whose mouths speak deceitfully*
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.

9 O God, I will sing to you a new song;*
I will play to you on a ten-stringed lyre.

10 You give victory to kings*
and have rescued David your servant.

11 Rescue me from the hurtful sword*
and deliver me from the hand of foreign peoples,

12 Whose mouths speak deceitfully*
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.

13 May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth,*
and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace.

14 May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops;*
may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands;
may our cattle be fat and sleek.

15 May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile,*
no wailing in the public squares.

16 Happy are the people of whom this is so! *
happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

Collect of the Day – The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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