Bishop's Devotion for
Region 8 Bishop's Octave of Prayer for
Presidential Inauguration 2021
19 January 2021

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Psalm 146 (NRSV)

Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
   I will sing praises to my God all my life long.

Do not put your trust in princes,
   in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
   on that very day their plans perish.

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
   whose hope is in the LORD their God,
who made heaven and earth,
   the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
   who executes justice for the oppressed;
   who gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets the prisoners free;
   the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
   the LORD loves the righteous.

The Lord watches over the strangers;
   he upholds the orphan and the widow,
   but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The LORD will reign forever,
   your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the LORD!


The Greater Glory of the Greater God,
with hymns of terror and delight,
teach me again to sing,
for I have failed to bring
heart and soul, giving with scant might
the lesser effort for the greater good.

The greater effort for a lesser good,
my might, my soul, my heart did blaze
to give in sinful pride.
Let your word be my guide
and teach me again not to praise
the lesser glory of a lesser god.


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