Lauds: Friday, wk 1

During Lent, this O.T. Canticle, based on Sirach 17:24-32,
replaces the one for ordinary time

To the penitent God provides a way back,
encouraging those who lose hope.
Return to the Holy One and give up sin,
pray to God and make your offenses few.

Come back to God and turn away from sin;
abhor what is hateful to the Holy One.
Who can glorify the Most High from Sheol,
if we fail to offer praise while we live?

The dead cannot offer their praise,
nor can those who have never lived.
But we can give glory to God,
while we are alive and well.

How great is the mercy of our God
who forgives all those who return.
Not eveything is within human reach,
for we are not immortal.

Is anything brighter than the sun?
And yet, it too, suffers eclipse.
So flesh and blood is capable of evil.

God surveys the hosts of highest heaven,
and human beings who are dust and ashes.

Psalm 98  (Praise God who rules the world)
Sing a new song to our God
who has done such marvelous things,
whose right hand and holy arm
have brought the victory.
God has revealed salvation,
and shown justice to the nations,
remembering the house of Israel,
with faithful and steadfast love.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the saving power of God.

Sing to God, all the earth!
Break into songs of joy.
Sing praise to God with the harp,
with the lyre and the sound of music.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn,
acclaim the presence of God, our King.
Let the sea roar, and all it contains,
the earth and all who live in the world.

Let the rivers clap their hands,
and the hills sing together with joy,
at the presence of God who comes,
who comes to rule the earth.

God will judge the world with justice,
and the peoples with fairness.

Psalm 3  (Confidence under persecution)

O God, how numerous are my foes!
Many rise up to oppose me.
many are saying to me:
“There is no help for you in God.”

But you, O God, are my protection;
you give me courage and lift my head high.
Whenever I cry out to you,
you answer me from your holy mountain.

I lie down to sleep and take my rest,
then I wake again because you sustain me.
I do not fear if ten thousand people
are set against me on every side.

Rise up and deliver me, O God!
You can silence the deceit of my foes.
O God, your saving help is at hand;
may your blessings be on your people!

O.T.Canticle, based on Isaiah 12:1-6

I give you thanks, O God,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away,
and you have given me comfort.

Behold the God of my salvation!
I am confident and unafraid.
God is my strength and my courage,
and has become my savior.

With joy you will draw water
from the springs of salvation.
And you will say on that day:
give thanks and praise God’s name.

Proclaim among all the peoples,
the holiness of God’s name.
Sing praise to the Most High,
who has done such wondrous deeds.

Make them known in all the world!
Shout for joy, you who dwell in Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!

Psalm 135  (Anthology of praise)
O God, we praise your Name, 
together with all who serve you,
with all who stand in your presence,
in the courts of your holy dwelling.
We praise you, God, for you are good,
we sing to your Name for you are loving.
Jacob you have chosen for yourself,
and Israel is your possession.
O God, we know that you are great,
exalted above all other gods.
You accomplish whatever you please,
in heaven, on earth, and in the seas.
You summon the rain clouds, O God;
you bring them from the ends of the earth;
you scatter the lightning with the rain;
from your storehouse you bring out the wind.
You struck down the first‑born in Egypt,
both human beings and the animals.
You sent signs and wonders into their midst,
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
You conquered nations and slew mighty kings:
Sihon, the king of the Amorites,
Og, the king of Bashan,
and all the kings of Canaan.
You gave their land as a heritage
to Israel, your chosen people.

Your Name, O God, endures forever;
your renown is from age to age,
for you bring justice to your people,
and show compassion to your servants.

The nations’ idols are silver and gold,
the patchwork of human hands.
They have mouths but they cannot speak;
they have eyes but they cannot see.
They have ears but they cannot hear;
in their mouths there is no breath.
Those who formed them are like them,
and so are all who put trust in them.
O house of Israel, bless God!
O house of Aaron, bless God!
O house of Levi, bless God!
All people of faith, bless God!

Blessed from Zion be our God
who dwells in Jerusalem.
Blessed be God!

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008