Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense
From the evening psalm for the daily office: “Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly; *
hear my voice when I cry to you.
Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, *
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD, and guard the door of my lips; *
let not my heart incline to any evil thing.
Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, *
nor eat of their choice foods.
Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke; let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; *
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places, *
that they may know my words are true.
As when a plowman turns over the earth in furrows, *
let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave.
But my eyes are turned to you, Lord GOD; *
in you I take refuge; do not strip me of my life.
Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me *
and from the traps of the evildoers.
Let the wicked fall into their own nets, *
while I myself escape.
Let us pray.
Almighty God, keep us in your righteous ways, and hear our prayers. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Photo: From Christ Church, New Haven, CT. As an aside, I will be preaching there next week for the Triduum Sacrum and Easter Day. Stop by if you are in the area.