Vespers: Friday, wk 2

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 2  (God’s Anointed)
 
Why are the nations in an uproar;
why do peoples murmur in vain?
The rulers of the land plot rebellion,
against God and the Anointed One they say:
 

Let us free ourselves from their yoke;
let us break the cords that bind us.
Enthroned in heaven, God is laughing,
and derides their evil plans.
 

Then God speaks to them in anger,
with words that fill them with terror:
I myself have anointed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.
 
I will announce the divine decree;
God said to me: You are my Son;
I have begotten you this day.
 
Ask of me and I will give you
the nations for your inheritance;
the ends of the earth will be yours.
 

You will break them with a rod of iron,
and smash them like vessels of clay.
Now, then, you rulers, act wisely;
take warning, all with power on the earth.
 

Serve the Holy One with reverence,
and with trembling offer your homage,
lest God’s anger be enkindled,
and you perish in your ways.
 

Happy are the people
who seek refuge in God.
 

Psalm 132  (God’s promise to David)
 
O God, remember David,
and the many hardships he endured;
 
How he swore by oath and promised,
vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
I will not go into my house,
nor lie down in my bed to rest.
 
I will not go to sleep,
or even close my eyes,
until I find a place for God,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob. 
 
Yes, we heard of it in Ephrata;
we found it in the fields of Yearim.
Let us go to the place where God dwells,
and bow at the footstool of the Holy One.
 
Advance, O God, to your place of rest,
you and your mighty ark.
Your priests are clothed in triumph;
your faithful ones sing with joy.
 

For the sake of your servant, David,
do not reject your Anointed One.
 

Then God swore an oath to David,
and will not go back on that word:
An offspring, the fruit of your body,
I will set upon your throne.
 

If your children keep my covenant,
and the laws that I will teach them,
their descendants also shall reign
upon your throne forever.
 

Your God has chosen Zion,
and has desired it for a dwelling.
For all time, my throne shall be here;
this is the place I have chosen.
 

I will bless their store of provisions;
give the needy their fill of bread.
The priests I will clothe with salvation;
and the faithful will sing for joy.
 

I will raise up a king from David’s line;
I have prepared a lamp for my Anointed.
His enemies I will cover with shame;
but upon him a crown will shine.
 

Psalm 61  (Prayer of an exile)
 

O God, listen to my cry,
be attentive to my prayer.
From the ends of the earth I call out,
with heaviness in my heart.
 

Lift me up, set me high upon the rock,
for it is beyond my reach.
You have been my refuge,
a tower of strength against the foe.
 

Let me dwell in your tent forever,
safe in the shelter of your wings.
O God, you have heard my vows;
grant the desires of those who love you.
 

May the life of your anointed be prolonged
through many generations,
enthroned in your presence forever,
protected by your true and constant love.
 

I will sing praise to your Name forever,
as I fufill my vows day after day.
 

N.T.Canticle, based on Romans 8:28,33-39
 

We know that for those who love God,
all things work together for good,
for all those who have been called
according to God’s purpose.
 

Against these, who can bring any charge?
God justifies them, who will condemn?
It is Christ, at the right hand of God,
who intercedes for us.
 

What can separate us from the love of God?
Persecution, hunger, danger or distress?
No, in all these things we overcome,
through Christ who has loved us!
 

I am sure that neither death nor life,
nothing present and nothing to come,
can separate us from God’s love,
which is ours in Christ Jesus.
 

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008