Prayer for the Day – Monday 1 June

O Lord our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God,
who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day:
Defend us in the same with thy mighty power;
and grant that this day we fall into no sin,
neither run into any kind of danger;
but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance,
to do always that is righteous in thy sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Zephaniah 3.14–18

14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;
   shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
   O daughter Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away the judgements against you,
   he has turned away your enemies.
The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
   you shall fear disaster no more.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Do not fear, O Zion;
   do not let your hands grow weak.
17 The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
   a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
   he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing
18   as on a day of festival.
I will remove disaster from you,
   so that you will not bear reproach for it.

Psalm 113
1  Alleluia.
      Give praise, you servants of the Lord,
   O praise the name of the Lord.
2  Blessed be the name of the Lord,
   from this time forth and for evermore.
3  From the rising of the sun to its setting
   let the name of the Lord be praised.
4  The Lord is high above all nations
   and his glory above the heavens.
5  Who is like the Lord our God,
      that has his throne so high,
   yet humbles himself to behold
      the things of heaven and earth?
6  He raises the poor from the dust
   and lifts the needy from the ashes,
7  To set them with princes,
   with the princes of his people.
8  He gives the barren woman a place in the house
   and makes her a joyful mother of children.