Vespers: Sunday, wk 1

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 heritage of nations.
Your works are fidelity and justice; 
worthy of trust are your commands,
established 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!

Psalm 112  (The blessings of the just)
They are happy who fear the Most High,
who ardently find joy in God’s commands.
Their descendants will be mighty in the land,
an upright generation that is bless’d.
Prosperity and wealth are in their homes;
their righteousness endures forever.
Light shines in the darkness for the upright;
they are merciful and full of compassion.
They are happy who are generous and kind,
whose lives are guided by justice.
Indeed, they will never be shaken;
the just will be remembered forever.
Bad news will never disturb them;
their trust in God makes them secure.
With steadfast hearts they have no fear;
they will look with triumph on their foes.
They have given freely to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.
With honor they will hold their heads high.
The wicked see this and are angry;
they gnash their teeth in despair;
their own desires have come to nothing.

Psalm 33  (Joyful song to the Creator)
Rejoice in God, O you just;   
praise from the upright is fitting.

Give thanks to God upon the harp,
chant praise with a ten‑stringed lyre.
O sing a new song to God;
let the music resound with triumph.

Your word, O God, is faithful,
your works are worthy of trust.
You love integrity and justice;
your loving kindness fills the earth.
By your word the heavens were made, 
all their host by a breath of your mouth.
You gather waters of the deep in a mound;
in your storehouse you hold primal seas.
Let all the earth fear you, O God;
all who live in the world stand in awe.
For you spoke, and it was created;
at your command it came to be.

You thwart the counsel of nations,
bring to nothing the plans of peoples,
but your will stands firm forever,
the thoughts of your heart from age to age.
They are happy who call you their God
the people you chose to be your own.
From heaven you look out upon us;
you see everyone in the world.
Enthroned on high you are keeping watch
over all who live on the earth.
You fashioned the hearts of all people;
you understand all their deeds.

A strong army cannot bring salvation;
no warrior is delivered by great might.
A false hope for victory is the horse;
with all its strength it cannot save.

Your eyes are on those who fear you,
those who trust in your unfailing love,
that you may deliver them from death,
and sustain them in time of famine.
We hope in you, O God;
you are our help and our shield.
In you shall our hearts find joy,
for we trust in your holy Name.
May your love be with us always.
Faithful God, our trust is in you.

N.T. Canticle, based on Colossians 1:15,18-20;2:6,7

God saved us from the power 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.

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008