Vespers: Friday, wk 1

During Lent, this O.T. Canticle, based on Hosea 6:1-6,
replaces the one for ordinary time

In their distress they will beg my favour:
"Come, let us return to our God,
who has torn us, but will also heal us,
struck us down, but will bind us up.

After two days, God will revive us,
and on the third day will raise us up
to live in the presence of the Holy One.

Let us know, let us press on to know our God,
whose appearing is as sure as the dawn,
who will come to us like the showers,
like spring rain that waters the earth."

Ephraim, what shall I do with you?
Judah, what shall I do with you?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that soon disappears.

So I slew them by the words of my mouth;
my judgment goes forth as the light.
For I desire steadfast love, not sacrifice,
knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

 Psalm 130  (Prayer of repentance)
From the depths I cry out;
O God, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my plea for mercy.

If you remembered all our sin,
who of us could survive?
But you continue to forgive;
because of this we fear you.

My heart looks to you, O God;
I trust in your word.

I wait for you with more longing,
than sentinels who wait for the dawn,
more than those who watch for daybreak.

O Israel, wait for God,
whose steadfast love never fails.
With the fullness of redemption,
God will free us from our sin.

Psalm 116a  (Prayer of one saved from death)
 
I love you, God, for you hear me,
you have listened to my prayer;
your ears are attentive when I call.
 
When the snares of death were around me,
and the terror of the grave held me fast,
I was filled with anguish and distress.
 
Then I called upon your name;
I said, “O God, save my life.”
 
You are gracious and loving, O God,
full of tender compassion.
You protect all who are simple;
you helped me when I was brought low.
 
Return to your peace, O my soul,
for God has dealt kindly with me.
God saved me from death, dried my tears,
and kept my feet from stumbling.
I will walk in the presence of God,
in the land of the living.

Psalm 66  (A people’s thanksgiving)
 
Be joyful in God, all the earth;
glorify the name of the Holy One;
let your songs of praise resound!

O God, what great deeds you have done!
Your foes cringe before your great strength.
All the earth bows down in worship,
sings praise to you, praise to your Name!
 
We behold with awe the great wonders,
that you worked among the people.
You turned the sea into dry land;
they passed through the river on foot.
 
There your people rejoiced in you.
O God, you rule with great power.
Your eyes keep watch over the nations;
let rebels not rise up against you.
 
Bless our God, all you peoples;
let your songs of praise be heard. 
God holds us among the living,
and has kept our footsteps firm.
 
You have tested us, O God,
you tried us as silver is tried.
You let us fall into a snare,
and laid heavy burdens on our backs.

You let people ride over our heads;
we walked through fire and water,
but you led us out into freedom.
 
I enter your house with burnt offerings;
to you I will pay my vows,
words spoken by my lips,
and promised when I was in trouble.
 
The appointed sacrifice I will bring,
and present burnt offerings to you.
All who fear God, come and hear;
I will tell what God has done for me.

I lifted my voice in prayer,
with words of praise on my tongue.
Had I cherished evil thoughts,
God would not have listened.
But in truth, God has listened,

and paid heed to my prayer.
Blessed be God who heard my prayer,
whose love for me has been faithful!

N.T.Canticle, based on 1Peter 2:21-25

It was for this you were called,
since Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example,
that you should follow in his steps.

He committed no sin;
no guile was found on his lips.
When he was insulted,
he returned no insult.

When he was made to suffer,
he did not counter with threats.
Instead, he delivered himself up
to the One who judges justly.

He himself bore our sins
in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin
and live in accord with God’s will.

By his wounds you have been healed.
For you had gone astray like sheep,
but then you returned to the shepherd,
the Guardian of your souls.

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008