Lauds: Thursday, wk 1

During Lent, this O.T. Canticle, based on Jeremiah 30:10,11,17-21,
replaces the one for ordinary time

God say: Have no fear my servant Jacob,
and do not be dismayed, O Israel.
From far away I am going to save you,
and bring your offspring from captivity.

For I am with you, God says, to save you.
I will restore you to health,
because they have called you an outcast:
"It is Zion; no one cares for her!"

See, I will restore the tents of Jacob,
and have compassion on their dwellings.
The city shall be rebuilt upon its hill,
and its stronghold restored as it was.

From them will come joyful songs of praise,
and the laughter of happy people.
I will make them not few, but many.
I will make them honored and not disdained.

Their children shall be as of old;
their assembly before me shall stand firm.
Their leader shall be one of their own;
their ruler shall come from their midst.

Psalm 63  (Longing for God)
 
O God, you are my God whom I seek;
my soul is thirsting for you.
My body faints with longing,
like dry, barren earth without water.
 

I long to gaze on you in the sanctuary;
let me see your power and your glory.
Your love is a greater good than life;
my lips will sing your praise.
 

I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in your name.
You enrich my soul as at a feast;
my mouth will praise you with joy.
 

On my bed I am mindful of you.
I meditate on you through the night;
I remember that you are my help.
In the shadow of your wings I am safe.
 

My soul is clinging to you;
may your right hand always uphold me.
May the enemies who seek to harm me,
be cast down and overpowered.
 

But I will rejoice in you, my God.
Those who live by your truth will exult
when all that is false has been silenced.
 

Psalm 15  (The just approach God’s dwelling)
 
O God, who shall abide in your tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
 
Those who walk without blame,
who always do what is right,
who speak the truth from their hearts,
and do not slander with their tongues,
 

Those who do no wrong to their friends,
and do not bring harm to their neighbors,
who turn away from all who do evil,
but honor those who revere God,
 
Those faithful to their word at any cost,
who loan money without any hope for gain,
and never take a bribe against the innocent:
Those who live this way will never waver.
 

Psalm 46  (Trust in God’s power)
 
God is our refuge and strength,
a help in every trouble, always near.
Though earth is shaken we are not afraid,
or if the mountains fall into the sea,
 

Even though the waters rage and foam,
and their tumult causes hills to quake.
The God of power and might is with us;
our defense is the God of Jacob.
 

There is a river to gladden God’s city,
the holy dwelling of the Most High.
It will stand firm for God is in its midst,
and will help it at the break of dawn.
 

Though nations rage and kingdoms totter,
God speaks, and the earth melts away.
The God of power and might is with us;
our defense is the God of Jacob.
 

Come and see the works of God,
who has done such astounding things,
who puts an end to wars in all the world,
and destroys the weapons of war.
 

“Be still, and know that I am God,
I rule over nations, I rule the earth!”
The God of power and might is with us;
our defense is the God of Jacob.
 

O.T. Canticle, based on Jonah 2:3-10

When I called out in my distress,
you answered me, O God.
From the nether world I cried for help,
and you heard my voice.

I thought: I am banished from your sight,
shall I see your holy temple again?
The waters closed in around me;
I was lost in the depths.

I sank down into the nether world;
its bars would close on me forever.
But you saved my life, O God,
and raised me up from the pit.

As my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, my God.
My prayer came to you,
in your holy temple.

Some abandon their loyalty,
and turn to false gods;
but I, with hymns of praise,
will sacrifice to you.

I will fulfill the vow I have made.
You bring salvation, O God!

Psalms Trans.© Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008