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Psalm 118
1Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

2Let Israel now proclaim, *
“His mercy endures for ever.”

3Let the house of Aaron now proclaim, *
“His mercy endures for ever.”

4Let those who fear the Lord now proclaim, *
“His mercy endures for ever.”

5I called to the Lord in my distress; *
the Lord answered by setting me free.

6The Lord is at my side, therefore I will not fear; *
what can anyone do to me?

7The Lord is at my side to help me; *
I will triumph over those who hate me.

8It is better to rely on the Lord *
than to put any trust in flesh.

9It is better to rely on the Lord *
than to put any trust in rulers.

10All the ungodly encompass me; *
in the Name of the Lord I will repel them.

11They hem me in, they hem me in on every side; *
in the name of the Lord I will repel them.

12They swarm about me like bees;
they blaze like a fire of thorns; *
in the name of the Lord I will repel them.

13I was pressed so hard that I almost fell, *
but the Lord came to my help.

14The Lord is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.

15There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:

16″The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!”

17I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the Lord.

18The Lord has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.

19Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20″This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter.”

21I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.

22The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.

23This is the Lord’s doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25Hosanna, Lord, hosanna! *
Lord, send us now success.

26Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
we bless you from the house of the Lord.

27God is the Lord; he has shined upon us; *
form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.

28″You are my God, and I will thank you; *
you are my God, and I will exalt you.”

29Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

A Collect for Saturdays
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Image Credit: The Actor Nakamura Nakazō I as the Elderly Samurai Hige no Ikyū, 1782 (Tenmei 2) / 5th month, Katsukawa Shunshō 勝川春章
Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Open Access Collection – https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/36593

Daily Psalm and Prayer – January 8, 2022

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