Lauds: Saturday, wk 1

During Lent, this O.T. Canticle, based on Isaiah 43:10-12,22-25,
replaces the one for ordinary time

God declares: You are my witnesses,
my servants whom I have chosen,
to know me and believe in me,
and to understand that I am your God.

Before me no god existed
and after me there shall be none.
It is I alone who am your God;
there is no other Savior but me.

I have made it known and declared it,
when there was no other god among you.
And you are my witnesses, says the Holy One;
from everlasting, I am God.

Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob,
for you grew weary of me, O Israel.
You brought me no offerings from your flocks,
nor did you honor me with sacrifice.

Instead, you burdened me with your sins,
and wearied me with your crimes.
But I am God, and I wipe out your offenses,
your sins I will remember no more.

Psalm 147b  (Psalm of Praise)
Praise God, O Jerusalem!
Zion, praise your God!
God secures the bars of your gates,
and blesses the children in your midst,
grants peace within your borders,
and feeds you with finest wheat.
God sends forth a word to the earth;
the divine command runs swiftly:
snow is showered down white as wool,
and frost is scattered like ashes.
Ice crystals are strewn like bread crumbs,
and no one can endure the cold.
Then God melts the ice with a word,
and with a breath makes the water flow again.
God’s words were revealed to Jacob,
divine laws and decrees to Israel.
God did not show other nations this favor,
nor reveal divine judgments to them.

Psalm 85  (Prayer for peace)

O God, you have favored your land,
and restored Jacob’s well-being;
forgiving the guilt of your people,
you covered over their sin.
You withdrew your indignation,
and held back your fiery rage.
Restore us, O God of our salvation; 
set aside your displeasure with us.
Will you be angry with us forever,
prolong your wrath from age to age?
Will you not give us life again,
so that we may rejoice in you?
O God, show your loving-kindness,
and grant us your salvation.
Make us hear what you are saying,
for you speak words of peace,
Peace for your faithful people,
whose hearts are turned to you.
Salvation is near for all who fear you,
that your glory may dwell in our land.
Faithfulness and truth will meet;
justice and peace will embrace.
Truth springs up from the earth,
and justice looks down from heaven.
O God, you will give us what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
Justice will walk before you,
and peace will follow on your way.

O.T. Canticle, base on Sirach 43:11-18, 30-32

Behold the rainbow! Then bless its maker,
for majestic indeed is its splendor.
It spans the heavens with its glory,
this bow bent by the mighty hand of God.

God marks out the path for the lightning,
and speeds the arrows of judgment to their goal.
At it the storehouse is opened,
and like birds the clouds take their flight.

The Most High gives the storm its power,
and breaks off the hailstones.
Earth is shaken by the thunder of God’s voice;
the hills tremble before the Almighty.

A word from God drives on the South wind,
the angry north wind, the hurricane and the storm.
God sprinkles the snow like fluttering birds;
it comes to settle like swarms of locusts.

Such power and majesty inspire awe!
Extol the Most High with strength renewed,
and weary not when you cannot reach the end,
for God is beyond our power to praise!

Psalm 103  (Praise of God’s love)
Bless God, O my soul;
all my being praise God’s holy name.
Bless God, O my soul;
never forget how good God is to you.

O God, you forgive all our sins;
all our infirmities you heal.
You rescue our lives from the grave;
you crown us with mercy and love.

You satisfy us with good things;
our youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
You bring about right judgment,
and justice for all who are oppressed.
You revealed your ways to Moses,
your works to the people of Israel.
O God, full of mercy and compassion,
you are patient and abounding in love.
For you will not always be angry,
nor will you accuse us forever.
Not according to our sins do you requite us,
nor according to the measure of our faults.
As the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is your love for us.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far have you removed our sins.
As parents have compassion on their children,
you have compassion on all who fear you,
for you know how we have been formed;
you are mindful that we are dust.

As mortal beings our days are like grass;
we flourish like the flowers of the field.
When the wind blows over they are gone,
never to be seen there again.

But your unfailing love is forever,
and your justice lives on from age to age,
for all who fear you and keep your covenant,
who remember your law and observe it.

O God, you are enthroned in the heavens;
with sovereign power you rule over all.

May all the angels bless you, O God,
those mighty ones attentive to your word.
May all your servants bless you, O God,
those ministers who carry out your will.
May all your works bless you, O God,
in every place of your reign.
Bless God, O my soul!

Psalms Trans.  Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008