Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
What is your favorite Bible passage?  What is you favorite prayer?  Sometimes you can use the same answer for both questions.  I believe I can with the 63rd Psalm in the Old Testament.  Throughout the year, this Psalm is prayed not only once every four weeks in Morning Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours but also on many special feast days in the church's calendar and in the Octaves of Christmas and Easter.  I believe it can be a very intimate communication with God, and I find it especially endearing when I am in our Perpetual Adoration chapel for prayer.  I hope you will look it up or cut it out from this blulletin and begin saying it in your prayer time.  I truly believe you will be blessed by it.

"O God you are my God, for you I long.
For you my soul is thirsting.

My body pines for you, like a dry weary land
without water.
So  gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life.
My lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life
In your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled with a banquet
My mouth shall praise with joy.

On my bed I remember you
On you I muse through the night
For you have been my help.
In the shadow of your wings I rejoice
Your right hand holds me fast."

May God bless us by this and other prayers that lift
our minds and hearts to him.  Amen