Vespers: Monday, wk 2

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 90  (Pondering on the brevity of life)

You have been our refuge, O God,
in every generation.

Before the mountains were brought forth,
before the earth or the world came to be,
from age to age you are God!

You turn us back into dust and say:
Turn back, children of earth.
For you a thousand years are like one day,
or like a watch in the night.

They vanish like a passing dream,
like grass that springs up and fades;
in the morning it flourishes anew,
in the evening it is withered and dry.

So we are consumed by your anger;
we are terrified by your wrath.
Our hidden faults are before your eyes,
our sins in the light of your face.

All our days pass under your wrath,
our years disappear like a sigh.
Seventy years is the span of our life,
or eighty if our strength holds out.

At their best they hold trouble and pain;
they pass quickly, then vanish in flight.
Who can know the power of your anger?
Who perceives the weight of your wrath?

Teach us how to number our days,
that we may have wisdom of heart.
Return, O God!  How long?
Have mercy on your servants.

Fill us with your love in the morning,
that we may sing for gladness all our days.
Measure our joy by the days of our affliction,
the many years we suffered misfortune.

Show your saving deeds to your servants,
your glorious power to their children.
May your gracious favor always be with us.
Bless and prosper the work of our hands!

Psalm 116b  (Promise in gratitude to God)
 
I kept faith, even though I said:
I am deeply afflicted.
In my distress I had thought:
It is vain to trust in humans.
 
How shall I thank you, my God?
You have been so good to me!
I will raise the cup of salvation,
and call upon your Name.
 
To you I will pay my vows,
in the presence of all the people.
Too costly in your eyes, O God,
is the death of those you love.

Truly I am your servant;
set me free from my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I bring;
I will call upon your Name.

To you I will pay my vows,
in the presence of all the people,
in the courts of your house, O God.
May you be praised forever!

Psalm 117  (Doxology of all nations)

Praise God, all you nations;
everyone, acclaim the Most High!
God’s loving kindness is great!
Our God is faithful forever!

Psalm 133  (The blessings of unity)
 
How good and how pleasant it is,
when all live together in unity!
 
It is like precious oil,
poured out upon the head,
as the oil poured out upon Aaron
flowed down to the edge of his robes.

It is like the dew of Mt. Hermon,
flowing down upon the hills of Zion.
There God offers this blessing:
everlasting life.

N.T. Canticle, based on John 15:5,7,11,12,14,16

I am the vine, you are the branches.
Those who abide in me and I in them,
will bring forth much fruit.
You can do nothing apart from me.

If you abide in me,
and my words abide in you,
ask for whatever you want,
and it will be done for you.

I have said these things to you,
so that my joy may be in you,
and your joy may be complete.

This is my commandment:
Love one another as I have loved you.
You can have no greater love,
than to lay down your life for a friend.

You are my friends
if you do what I command you.
You did not choose me but I chose you
to go forth and bear fruit that endures.

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008