Vespers: Sundays of Easter Season

Vespers for Easter Sunday, 2nd and 5th Sundays of Easter

Vespers for 3rd and 6th Sundays of Easter

Vespers for 4th and 7th Sundays of Easter

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 114: The wonders of the Exodus

When Israel came out from Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a foreigh 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.

Colossians 1:15,18-20; 2:6,7

God saved us from the pow'r of darkness,
to share with the saints in light.
In Christ we have redemption,
the forgiveness of our sins.

Christ Jesus is the image
of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation;
all things were created through him.

As head of the Body, the Church,
Christ is the beginning;
the firstborn from the dead,
to have first place in everything.

All the fulness of the Godhead
was pleased to dwell in Christ,
through whom all are reconciled to God,
whether on earth or in heaven.

As you have received Christ Jesus,
continue to live your lives,
rooted and built up in Christ,
and full of thanksgiving.

Vespers: Sundays - for 3rd and 6th Sundays of Easter

Psalm 138: Thanksgiving to a faithful God

I thank you, God, with allmy heart,
in the presence of the angels I sing praise.
I bow down before your holy temple,
to praise your Name and give thanks.

With unfailing love you have exalted
your Name and your promise, O God.
You answered me when I called;
you gave me new courage and strength.

All rulers on earth will praise you,
when they hear the words you speak.
With song they will extol your ways:
“How great is your glory, O God!”

From on high you have concern for the lowly;
you take note of the proud from afar.
When my enemies gather around me,
you will save me from their rage.

You extend your right hand to help me.
Your plans for me you will fulfill.
Faithful God, your love is eternal;
do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 113: God exalts the humble

Sing praise,faithful servants of God;
praise the Name of the Most High!
blessed be the Name of the Holy One,
both now and forever.

From the rising to the setting of the sun,
may the Name of God be praised!
The Most High is above all nations,
God's glory is beyond the heavens.

Who is like our God,
in heaven or on earth,
who is enthroned on high,
yet looks down into the depths?

From the dust God lifts up the poor,
and raises the needy from the dunghill,
to seat them in a place of honor,
among the nobles of the people.

God makes the barren wife in her home
become a joyful mother of children.

Revelation 11:15,17; 15:3,4

The kingdom of the world
now belongs to our God,
and to the Anointed One
who will reigh forever and ever.

We praise you, O might God,
who is and who was.
You have assumed your great power,
you have begun your reign.

Mighty and wonderful are your works,
O God of power and might.
Righteous and true are your ways,
Divine Ruler of the nations!

Who would dare refuse you honor,
or the glory due your Name?

You alone are Holy,
therefore all nations will come
to worship in your presence.
Your great deeds are clearly seen.

Vespers: Sundays - for 4th and 7th Sundays of Easter

Psalm 146: Praise of God's faithfulness

My soul, give praise to God!
While I live I will praise the Most High.
To my God I want to make music,
every day of my life.

Put no trust in the great ones on earth,
human beings with no power to save.
They breathe their last and return to dust;
then all their plans come to nothing.

They are happy who find help in Jacob's God,
whose hope is in God, the Most High.
who alone made heaven and earth,
the seas, and all that is in them.

For God is faithful forever,
securing justice for the oppressed,
providing food for all who are hungry,
and setting the captives free.

God give sight to the blind,
lifts up those who are bowed down,
loves the just and all who are faithful.
but brings ruin to the ways of the wicked.

God sustains widows and orphans,
and cares for the stranger in the land.
The Most High will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, from age to age.

Psalm 111: Praise of God's Goodness

Praise God! I give thanks with all my heart,
in the gathering of the just in the assembly.
How great are your works, O Most High;
they are pondered by all who love you.

Your deeds are full of splendor and glory;
Your justice endures forever.
You have made a memorial of your wonders.
You are merciful, O God, and full of love.

You give food to those who fear you,
mindful of your covenant forever.
You showed the people your deeds of power,
by giving them the heriage of nations.

Your works are fidelity and justice;
worthy of trust and your commands,
establised forever and ever,
fulfilled in faithfulness and truth.

You sent deliverance to your people;
you ratified your covenant forever.
Praiseworthy and holy is your Name.

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom;
all who live by it grow in understanding.
Your praise, O God, endures forever!

Revaltion 5:7-10,12,13

The Lamb came up to take the scroll
from the One seated on the throne.
The four living creatures fell prostrate,
and with them the twenty-four elders.

They fell down before the Lamb,
and they sang a new song:

You are worthy to take the scroll
and break open its seals,
because you were sacrificed;
with your blood you ransomed for God.

Saints from every race and tongue,
of every tribe and nation.
You made them a kingdom and priests,
to serve our God and to rule the world.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth,
all wisdom and might,
honor, glory and blessing!

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008