As we focus on events in France and concerns closer to home, please don’t forget to keep praying each dawn for peace and righteousness to rise up again in those countries in the Middle East where the roots of this violence lie. Morning Prayer for the Epiphany Season begins in a very apposite way.
O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Your light springs up for the righteous
And all the peoples have seen your glory.
Blessed are you, Sovereign God,
king of the nations,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
your name is proclaimed in all the world.
As the Sun of Righteousness dawns in our hearts
anoint our lips with the seal of your Spirit
that we may witness to your gospel
and sing your praise in all the earth.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.