Lauds: Sunday, wk 1

Psalm 24: The Ruler of the Universe

The earth belongs to God with its fulness,
the world, and all living beings,
for God founded it upon the seas,
and set it firmly on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of God?
Who may stand in that holy place?

Those with clean hands and pure hearts,
who desire not what is vain,
and do not swear with deceit.

They will have blessings and reward
from the Holy One, their Savior.
These are the people who seek God,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

O gates, open wide!
Ancient portals, reach out!
The glorious king comes in!

Who is this glorious king?
The Most High, strong and powerful,
the Holy One, mighty in battle.

O gates, open wide!
Ancient portals, reach out!
The glorious king comes in!

Who is this glorious king?
The God of power and might;
the glorious king is God!

Psalm 19: Praise God, the Lawgiver

The heavens declare your glory, O God,
and the skies proclaim your handiwork.
Each day tells the story to the next;
each night imparts knowledge to the other.

They have no words or language,
and their voices are not heard,
yet their sound goes out to every land,
their message to the ends of the world.

You have set a place for the sun;
like a bridegroom it comes forth from its tent,
and exults like a champion to run its course.

It rises from one end of the heavens,
and crosses over to the other end,
warmly embracing everything.

O God, your law is perfect,
refreshing to the soul.
Your decrees are worthy of trust,
giving wisdom to the simple.

Your precepts, O God, are just,
giving joy to the heart.
Your instructions are clear,
giving light to the eyes.

Your authority is revered,
it stands firm forever.
Your judgments are true,
and altogether just.

More desirable than gold,
even the finest gold,
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.

Indeed we are enlightened by them;
obeying them brings a great reward.
But how can I know when I offend?
Cleanse me from unknown faults.

Keep me from sins of presumption;
let them not rule over me.
Then shall I be above reproach,
innocent of grave offense.

May all the words of my mouth,
and the thoughts of my heart,
be pleasing to you, O God,
my Rock and my Redeemer.

O.T. Canticle, based on Sirach 43:1-7,10,28,29

The clear vault of the sky shines forth,
like heaven itself, a vision of glory.
The orb of the sun, resplendent at its rising;
what a wonderful work of the Most High.

At noon it parches the earth,
and who can bear its fiery heat?
Like a blazing furnace of solid metal,
it sets the mountains aflame with its rays.

By its fiery darts the land is consumed;
the eyes are dazzled by its light.
Great indeed is our God who made it,
at whose command it hastens on its course.

God also made the moon to serve in season,
to mark the times and be a lasting sign,
by which we know the feast days and fixed dates,
this light-giver which wanes in its course.

The beauty, the glory of the heavens are the stars,
that adorn with their sparkling the heights of God,
at whose command they keep their place,
and never relax in their vigils.

By your power, O God, all things hold together;
we can say no more; you are all in all!
Where shall we find words to praise you?
You are great, O God, above all your works!

Psalm 148: Praise of all Creation

Praise God from the heavens,
and in the heights sing praise.
Praise God, all you angels,
with all the heavenly host.

Praise God, sun and moon,
and all you shining stars.
Praise God, highest heavens,
and waters above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of God,
by whose command they were created,
who set them in place for all time,
by a law that will not be changed.

Praise God from the earth,
sea monsters and ocean depths,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy winds that obey God's word;

All mountains and hills,
all fruit trees and cedars,
wild animals and cattle,
creeping things and birds that fly.

All peoples and nations,
earth’s leaders and rulers,
young men and women,
the young and the old together,

Praise the name of the Most High,
whose name alone is exalted,
for the majesty of God
is above heaven and earth.

God raised up strength for the people,
for the praise of all the faithful,
for the children of Israel,
a people to whom God comes near.

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008