Vespers: Saturday, wk 1

During Lent, this O.T. Canticle, based on Job 42:1-6,
replaces the one for ordinary time

Job answered God and said:
I know you can do all things,
and that no design of yours
can ever be hindered.

I have dealt with great things
that I do not understand,
things too wonderful for me,
things I cannot know.

I had heard of you before,
by what others had said,
but now, with my own eyes
I have seen you, my God.

Therefore, I disown
whatever I have said.
And now I repent
in dush and ashes.

God blessed Job's later years
even more than before.

Psalm 110  (The Messiah: King and Priest)
 
The Lord said to my Lord:
Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.
 
From Zion may God extend
the scepter of your power.
You shall be the ruler
in the midst of your foes.
 
A prince, in holy splendor,
from the day of your birth,
like dew, before the daystar
I have begotten you.
 
For God has sworn an oath,
and it will not be changed:
You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek!
 
The Lord who is at your right hand,
will strike rulers on the day of wrath,
passing judgment on all the nations,
crushing wickedness far and wide.
 
After drinking from the stream along the way,
the victor’s head will be lifted high.
 

Psalm 72  (The reign of peace)
 
O God, endow the king with your judgment,
the royal son with your saving justice,
to govern your people with fairness,
and bring justice to the poor.
 
May the mountains yield peace for the people,
and the hills bring forth justice.
May the poor of the people be defended,
and the needy be saved from oppressors.
 
May the life of your anointed one 
endure as the sun and the moon,
and be like rain on the meadow,
like showers that water the earth.
 
In those days justice will flourish,
and peace till the moon is no more.
reigning from sea to sea,
from the River to the ends of the earth.
 
All enemies will be conquered,
all foes will lick the dust.
Rulers from Tarshish and the Isles
will offer tribute.
 
The kings from Sheba and Seba,
will come bearing gifts.
The rulers will fall prostrate,
and all nations render service.
 

The poor will be saved from distress,
and the needy who are helpless.
There will be compassion for the weak,
protection for the lives of the poor.
 

The oppressed will be saved from violence,
for their blood is precious.
 

Long life to your anointed one
to whom gold from Sheba is given,
in whose name will be unceasing prayer,
and blessings invoked at all times.
 

May grain be abundant in the land,
waving on the tops of the hills,
crops rich and fruitful, as in Lebanon.
 

May those who live in the cities,
flourish like grass on the earth.
 

May the anointed one reign forever,
and endure as long as the sun.
May all people be blest in that name,
and all nations proclaim these blessings.
 

O God of Israel, may you be blest;
you alone do wondrous things.
Blest forever be your glorious Name!
Let your glory fill the earth! Amen. Amen.
 

Psalm 16  (A psalm of confidence)
 
Protect me, O God, my refuge;
I entrust myself to you.
 

I have said: “You are my God,
apart from you I have no good.”
My delight is among the faithful,
the holy ones in the land.
 

False gods in the land are worthless;
those who seek them only find trouble.
I will not offer sacrifice to them,
nor take their name upon my lips.
 
O God, you are my portion and my cup;
you indeed uphold my lot.
My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;
yes, a lovely inheritance is mine.
 
I bless you for you give me counsel;
your love directs me, even at night.
I keep my eyes always fixed on you;
with you at my side I stand firm.
 
My heart is glad, my spirit rejoices;
my body rests in hope.
You will not abandon me to Sheol,
nor let your beloved see the Pit.
 
You will show me the path of life,
fullness of joy in your presence,
happiness at your right hand forever.
 

N.T. Canticle, based on Ephesians 1:15-18,20-23
 

Having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus,
and your love toward all the saints,
I give thanks for you without ceasing,
as I remember you in my prayer.
 

I pray that the God of Christ Jesus,
may give you a spirit of wisdom
and a spirit of revelation
as you come to know this God.
 

May you know, with hearts enlightened,
the hope to which God calls you,
and the riches of your inheritance,
glorious among the saints.
 

God raised Christ from the dead,
far above all rule and power,
above every name that is named
in this age and the age to come.
 

God put all things under Christ’s feet,
and made him head of the Church,
which is the body of Christ.
 

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008