Praise the LORD, O my soul!*
I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
2 Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth,*
for there is no help in them.
3 When they breathe their last, they return to earth,*
and in that day their thoughts perish.
4 Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help!*
whose hope is in the LORD their God;
5 Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them;*
who keeps his promise for ever;
6 Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
and food to those who hunger.
7 The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind;*
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
8 The LORD loves the righteous;
the LORD cares for the stranger;*
he sustains the orphan and widow,
but frustrates the way of the wicked.
9 The LORD shall reign for ever,*
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
A Prayer for Mission
Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people
is governed and sanctified:
Receive our supplications and prayers
which we offer before you for
all members of your holy Church,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may truly and devoutly serve you;
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.