Lauds: Friday, wk 2

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 95  (A call to worship)
 
Come, let us sing with joy to God,
and acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before God giving thanks,
with songs of rejoicing and praise.
 
For the Almighty is a great God,
who rules over all other gods.
in whose hands are the depths of the earth,
and even the mountain heights.
 
The sea belongs to God who made it,
whose hands have formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before our Creator,
 

For the Holy One is our God;
we are the flock God leads as a shepherd
who pastures the sheep with care.
 

If only you would hear God’s voice today!
“Harden not your hearts as at Me´ribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert.
 

Your ancestors put me to the test,
even though they had seen my works.
For forty years they tried me, then I said:
 

They are a people of wayward hearts,
who have no regard for my ways.”
Therefore I swore in my anger,
that they would not enter my rest.
 

Psalm 57  (A prayer for deliverance)
 
Have mercy on me, God, have mercy,
for I have taken refuge in you.
In the shadow of your wings I seek refuge
until this time of trouble has passed.
 
You have always been good to me, O God;
from heaven give answer and save me.
Protect me from the fury of my foes;
send forth your faithfulness and love.
 
I lie in the midst of lions
who are greedy for human prey.
Their teeth are spears and arrows,
their tongues are sharp as swords.
 
Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
may your glory be over all the earth!
 
They prepared a net for my feet,
and tried to ensnare me.
They dug a pit before me,
but fell in it themselves.
 
My heart is faithful, O God, my heart is faithful.
I will sing and make music.
Wake up, my spirit, awake lyre and harp;
I will stir up the dawn.
 
I will thank you, God, among the peoples,
and sing your praise among the nations.
Your love is higher than the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
 
Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
let your glory be over all the earth.
 

O.T. Canticle, based on Daniel 3:26-30, 34, 39-42
 

You are blessed and worthy of praise,
O God of our ancestors,
and glorious forever is your name;
you are just in all you have done.
 

All your deeds are faultless,
all your ways are right.
Just and true are your judgments
in all that you have brought upon us.
 

For we have sinned and departed from you;
we have done every kind of evil.
We did not observe your commandments,
nor live as you ordered for our good.
 

O God do not abandon us forever,
for the sake of your holy name.
Do not make void your covenant,
or withdraw your mercy from us.
 

But with contrite heart and humble spirit
let us be received.
May our sacrifice be pleasing to you,
as we follow you without reserve.
 

Now we follow you with our whole heart,
we fear you and seek your face once more.
Do not disappoint us, treat us gently,
as you are gentle, merciful and kind.
 

Psalm 146  (Praise of God’s faithfulness)
 
My soul, give praise to God!
While I live I will praise the Most High.
To my God I want to make music,
every day of my life.
 
Put no trust in the great ones on earth,
human beings with no power to save.
They breathe their last and return to dust;
then all their plans come to nothing.
 
They are happy who find help in Jacob’s God,
whose hope is in God, the Most High,
who alone made heaven and earth,
the seas, and all that is in them.
 
For God is faithful forever,
securing justice for the oppressed,
providing food for all who are hungry,
and setting the captives free.
 
God gives sight to the blind,
lifts up those who are bowed down,
loves the just and all who are faithful,
but brings ruin to the ways of the wicked.
 
God sustains widows and orphans,
and cares for the stranger in the land.
The Most High will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, from age to age.
 

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008