Vespers: Saturday, wk 2

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 114  (The wonders of the Exodus)
 
When Israel came out from Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a foreign nation,
God’s holy place was Judah,
and Israel God’s domain.
 
The sea beheld it and ran away,
the Jordan turned and ran back.
Mountains skipped like rams,
and hills like young sheep.
 
O sea, what made you take flight?
Jordan, why did you turn back?
Mountains, why did you skip like rams,
you hills, like lambs of the fold?
 
Tremble, O earth, at God’s presence,
before the face of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into a pool of water,
the flint into a flowing spring.
 

Psalm 124  (God is our helper)
 

If God had not been with us,
let Israel now say:
 

If God had not been with us,
when our enemies attacked,
they would have swallowed us alive
when their anger was inflamed.
 

The floods would have overwhelmed us,
cresting over our heads.
Then the raging waters
would have swept us away.
 

Bless’d be God who did not leave us
to be destroyed by them.
We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowler.
 

The snare has been broken,
and we were set free.
Our help is in the name of our God,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
 

Psalm 136
 

We give thanks, O God, for you are good,
For your love is everlasting.
 

We give thanks, O God of gods,
For your love is everlasting.
 

We give thanks and sing your praise,
For your love is everlasting.
 

You alone have worked great wonders,
For your love is everlasting.
 

You made the Heavens in wisdom,
For your love is everlasting.
 

You set the earth firmly on the sea,
For your love is everlasting.
 

You made the great lights,
For your love is everlasting.
 

The sun to rule the day,
For your love is everlasting.
 

The moon and the stars by night,
For your love is everlasting.
 

You struck the firstborn in Egypt,
For your love is everlasting.
 

And led Israel from their midst,
For your love is everlasting.
 

With a strong hand and arm out-stretched,
For your love is everlasting.
 

You parted the waters in the sea,
For your love is everlasting.
 

And led Israel safely through,
For your love is everlasting.
 

But Pharaoh’s army was drowned,
For your love is everlasting.
 

You led your people through the desert,
For your love is everlasting.
 

You put down mighty rulers,
For your love is everlasting.
 

And conquered powerful kings,
For your love is everlasting.
 

Sihon, king of the Amorites,
For your love is everlasting.
 

And Og, the king of Bashan,
For your love is everlasting.
 

Whose land you gave to Israel,
For your love is everlasting.
 

You remembered us in our distress,
For your love is everlasting.
 

And freed us from our foes,
For your love is everlasting.
 

You give food to all that lives,
For your love is everlasting.
 

N.T.Canticle, based on 1Corinthians 13:1-8,13
 

If my words are of angels or mortals,
but I do not have love,
I am only a noisy gong,
or a clashing cymbal.
 

Though I have prophetic powers
to penetrate mysteries and knowledge,
and if I have faith to move mountains,
but do not have love I am nothing.
 

If I give all I have to the poor,
and give up my body to be burned,
and yet I do not have love,
it will do me no good whatever.
 

Love is ever patient and kind,
not jealous, boastful, arrogant or rude.
Love never seeks its own advantage,
not resentful, it does not take offense.
 

Love finds no joy in doing wrong,
but always rejoices in the truth.
Ever ready to forgive and to trust,
Love hopes and endures whatever comes.
 

Love will never come to an end,
though prophecies and tongues fall silent.
As it is, these remain: faith, hope and love,
but the greatest of these is love.
 

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008