To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

      O my God, I trust in You; Let me be not

      ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over

      me. Indeed, let no one who waits on you be

      ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal

      treacherously without cause.

      Show me Your ways, O Lord;

      Teach me your paths.  

      Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

      for You are the God of my salvation;

      for You I wait all the day.

      Remember O Lord, Your tender mercies

      and Your love and kindnesses

      for they are from of old.

      Do not remember my sins from my youth, nor

      my transgressions; according to Your mercy       

      remember me, for Your goodness’ sake,

      O Lord. Good and upright is the Lord;

      therefore, he teaches the sinners in the way.

      He guides in justice, and the humble He

      teaches His way.

      All the paths of You Lord are mercy and

      truth. Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

Today is the festival of St James. James and his brother John were fishermen on Lake Galilee who were called by Jesus to follow him very early in his ministry. Jesus called the brothers “sons of thunder” because of their fiery tempers. They were both with Jesus at the Transfiguration, in the garden of Gethsemane and after his resurrection. James and John caused an uproar among the disciples by asking Jesus if they could sit on his left and right in heaven. It is thought that James was martyred during a purge of Christians in the year 44.

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