The Good Shepherd, by Meister des Mausoleums der Galla Placidia in Ravenna, 5th century, via Wikimedia Commons
Praise to you, O faithful God!
You never fail those who trust in you,
but you allow them to share in your glory.
You fight for us against everything
that could attack us or do us harm.
You are our shepherd,
and you free us from the snare.
You protect us who honor you, O God;
great is the sweetness that you give.
Notker the Stammerer, c.840-912, Swiss Benedictine monk
The Book of a Thousand Prayers
But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength
so that I might preach the Good News
in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear.
And he rescued me from certain death.
Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack
and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom.
All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.