Vespers: Monday, wk 1

During Lent, this O.T. Canticle, based on Daniel 9:4-7,17-19,
replaces the one for ordinary time

O God, you are great and to be feared.
Ever faithful to the covenant,
you show love to those who love you,
who observe your decrees.

We have sinned, we have done wrong;
we have betrayed your commands,
and have turned away from them.

We ignored your servants, the prophets,
who spoke in your name to our leaders,
and to everyone in the land.

Saving justice belongs to you;
but today we wear a look of shame.
For your own sake, O God,
let your face smile again on your people.

Not relying on our good deeds,
but on your great mercy, O God,
to you we pour out our plea.
Listen! Hear us and forgive!

Psalm 34  (In praise of God’s goodness)
 
I will bless God at all times;
words of praise are ever in my mouth.
I glory in the Most High;
let the humble hear and rejoice.
 
O magnify the Holy One with me;
together let us praise God’s Name.
When I called for help God answered,
and freed me of all my fears.
 
Look to God and be radiant with joy;
your faces will not be ashamed.
The afflicted call out in distress,
and are heard by God and rescued.
 
An angel keeps guard and will protect
all those who fear the Most High.
Taste and see the goodness of God.
Be happy! Make the Holy One your refuge!
 

Remain faithful; revere the Most High.
Those who fear God will lack nothing.
The strong may know want and go hungry,
but those who seek God lack no blessing.
 

Come, children, and listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who among you longs for life,
for many years to enjoy good fortune?
 
Keep your tongues from speaking evil,
and your lips from words of deceit.
Turn away from evil and do good;
seek after peace, and pursue it.
 
The eyes of God are toward the just,
with ears open to their cry.
But God turns away from the wicked,
to root out their memory from the earth.
 

When the just cry out God listens,
and saves them from all their troubles.
God is near to the brokenhearted,
to those who are crushed in spirit.
 
The just may endure many trials,
but God rescues them in their need,
keeping guard over all their bones;
not one of them will be broken.
 
Evil will destroy the wicked;
all who hate the just will be punished.
But the lives of the faithful are redeemed;
no one who trusts in God will be condemned.
 

Psalm 143  (Prayer in desolation)
 

Answer me, God, in your kindness;
in your faithfulness, hear my prayer.
Enter not into judgment with me;
before you no one is free of guilt.
 

I have been hounded by an enemy,
and crushed to the ground.
I am left to dwell in the darkness,
like the dead who are long forgotten.
 

My spirit faints within me;
my heart is numb with despair.
I think of the days of old,
and remember all you have done.
 

My mind is filled with your wonders.
To you I stretch out my hands;
like parched land I thirst for you.
 

Answer me quickly, O God,
my spirit within me is faint.
If you hide your face from me,
I will be like those in the grave.
 

Let me know your love in the morning,
for in you I place my trust.
Teach me the way I should go;
to you I lift up my soul.
 

Protect me from my foes;
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
 

Let your good spirit lead me
on ways that are level and smooth.
For your Name’s sake rescue my life;
in your justice set me free.
 

In your steadfast love, O God,
put an end to my foes;
destroy their evil plans,
because I am your servant.
 

Psalm 131  (Song of serenity)
 
My heart is not proud, O God;
my eyes are not raised too high.
I am not busy with lofty thoughts,
or things beyond my understanding.
 
Rather, I have calmed my spirit,
in quiet and in peace.
Like a weaned child in its mother’s arms,
my heart is at rest within me.
 
O Israel, hope in your God,
both now and forever.
 

N.T. Canticle, based on Ephesians 5:1,2,8-10,16-21
 

Imitate God as dear children.
Follow the way of love as Christ loved you,
and gave himself in sacrifice for us,
an offering pleasing to God.
 

At one time you were darkness,
but now, in Christ, you are light.
Well, then, you ought to live
as children of light.
 

Light produces every kind of goodness,
and justice and truth.
Be correct in your judgment
of what is pleasing to God.
 

Make the most of the present opportunity,
for these are evil days.
Do not continue in ignorance,
but try to discern God’s will.
 

Be filled with the Spirit,
with psalms and inspired songs among you.
Sing praise to God
with all your hearts.
 

Give thanks to God always for everything,
in the name of Jesus the Christ.
Defer to one another,
out of reverence for Christ.
 

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008