Morning Prayer: 22 January – Ephesians 2:13-16 ~ Jesus is our peace

Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Morning Reading: Ephesians 2:13-16(NLT)

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

Crucified Jesus  by Carole Foret
Crucified Jesus
by Carole Foret

For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

Morning Prayer

Father, we praise you for your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; through the Holy Spirit he offered himself in sacrifice to you, that we might be delivered from death and selfishness, and be free to live in your peace. Father, in your will is our peace.

+ We accept this new day as your gift, Lord; grant that we may live in newness of life.
+ You made all things, and keep all things in being; give us the insight to see your hand at work in them all.
+ Your Son sealed the new and everlasting covenant in his blood; help us to live by this covenant and honor it.
+ As Jesus died on the cross, blood and water flowed from his side; as we share in the Eucharist, pour out your Spirit upon us.

Praise to you, heavenly Father, in your will is our peace. Grant that in your kingdom, together with your saints, we may praise you with even greater joy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

“He Is Our Peace” – Maranatha Singers


Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!