Vespers: Sunday of Lent

Psalm 27: Fearless Trust in God

God is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
God is the strength of my life;
of whom should I be afraid?

If evildoers attack me,
to devour my flesh,
it is my enemies themselves
who will stumble and fall.

If an army stands against me,
my heart will have no fear.
If the line of battle threatens,
my trust will not be shaken.

One thing I ask of God,
and this I desire:
to live in the house of God
all the days of my life,

To gaze on the beauty of God,
whom I seek in the temple.
The Most High is my shelter
in the day of evil.

God will hide and protect me,
set me high upon a rock.
Even now my head is raised high
above the foes who surround me.

I will offer sacrifice with joy,
make music and sing in God's house.
O God, hear the sound of my call;
be gracious and answer.

My heart is speaking of you:
"Seek the face of God."
It is you whom I seek, O God;
do not hide your face from me.

In your anger do not cast me out,
for you are my help.
Do not abandon or forsake me,
O God, my Savior!

Though my father and mother forsake me,
you will care for me.
Lead me along the right path,
show me the way because of my foes.

Do not let me be handed over
to the will of my oppressors.
False witnesses rise up against me;
they breathe out violence.

I know I will see God's loving kindness,
in the land of the living!
Wait for God! Let your hearts be strong;
have courage and wait for God.

Psalm 23: God is our Shepherd and Guide

The Lord is my shepherd,
there is nothing that I lack.
In green pastures God brings me repose.

You lead me to waters of peace;
you renew my spirit, O God.
You guide me along the right path,
ever true to your Name.

Though I walk in a valley of darkness,
in the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for you are with me,
your rod and your staff give me strength.

You spread a table before me,
in the presence of my foes.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Your goodness and love are with me
every day of my life.
I will live in your house, O God,
forever and ever!

N.T. Canticle, based on Hebrews 10:16-23

This is the covenant I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord:
"I will put my laws in their hearts,
and write them on their minds.

Their sins and their misdeeds
I will remember no more."

Since we have a great high Priest
Who is over the house of God,
let us draw near with true hearts,
in full assurance of faith.

Let our hearts be sprinkled clean
from the evil which lay on our conscience,
and our bodies washed in pure water.

Let us be firm and unswerving
in the confession of our hope,
for the giver of the promise can be trusted.

Psalms Trans. ©Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 2008