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Psalter

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3:15 AM

 

Cantor

 

O Lord, open my lips.

 

Response

 

And my mouth shall declare your praise.

 

O Lord, open my lips.

 

And my mouth shall declare your praise.

 

O Lord, open my lips.

 

And my mouth shall declare your praise.

 

 

 

Invitatory Psalm 133

 

Cantor

 

O come, bless the Lord,

all you who serve the Lord,

who stand in the house of the Lord,

in the courts of the house of our God.

 

Lift up your hands to O Lord, open my lips.

O Lord, open my lips.

O come, bless the Lord,

the holy place

and bless the Lord through the night.

May the Lord bless you from Zion,

he who made both heaven and earth.

 

 

Doxology

 

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Hymn

 

 

Nocturn I

 

Psalm 43A

 

We heard with our own ears, O God,

our fathers have told us the story

 

of the things you did in their days,

you yourself, in days long ago.

 

To plant them you uprooted the nations;

to let them spread you laid peoples low.

 

No sword of their own won the land;

no arm of their own brought them victory.

 

It was your right hand, your arm

and the light of your face; for you loved them.

 

It is you, my king, my God,

who granted victories to Jacob.

 

Through you we beat down our foes;

in your name we trampled our aggressors.

 

For it was not in my bow that I trusted

nor yet was I saved by my sword;

 

it was you who saved us from our foes,

it was you who put our foes to shame.

 

All day long our boast was in God

and we praised your name without ceasing.

 

Yet now you have rejected us, disgraced us:

you no longer go forth with our armies.

 

You make us retreat from the foe

and our enemies plunder us at will.

 

You make us like sheep for the slaughter

and scatter us among the nations.

 

You sell your own people for nothing

and make no profit by the sale.

 

You make us the taunt of our neighbors,

the laughing-stock of all who are near.

 

Among the nations, you make us a byword,

among the peoples a thing of derision.

 

All day long my disgrace is before me;

my face is covered with shame

 

at the voice of the taunter, the scoffer,

at the sight of the foe and avenger.

 

 

Doxology

 

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Psalm 43B

 

This befell us though we had not forgotten you;

though we had not been false to your covenant,

 

though we had not withdrawn our hearts,

though our feet had not strayed from your path.

 

Yet you have crushed us in a place of sorrows

and covered us with the shadow of death.

 

Had we forgotten the name of our God

or stretched out our hands to another god,

 

would not God have found this out,

he who knows the secrets of the heart?

 

It is for you we face death all day long

and are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

 

Awake, O Lord, why do you sleep?

Arise, do not reject us for ever!

 

Why do your hide your face

and forget our oppression and misery?

 

For we are brought down low to the dust;

our body lies prostrate on the earth.

 

Stand up and come to our help!

Redeem us because of your love!

 

 

Doxology

 

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Psalm 61

 

In God alone is my soul at rest;

my help comes from him.

 

He alone is my rock, my stronghold,

my fortress: I stand firm.

 

How long will you all attack one man

to break him down,

 

as though he were a tottering wall,

or a tumbling fence?

 

Their plan is only to destroy;

they take pleasure in lies.

 

With their mouth they utter blessing

but in their heart they curse.

 

In God alone be at rest, my soul;

for my hope comes from him.

 

He alone is my rock, my stronghold,

my fortress; I stand firm.

 

In God is my safety and glory,

the rock of my strength.

 

Take refuge in God, all your people.

Trust him at all times.

 

Pour out your hearts before him,

for God is our refuge.

 

Common folk are only a breath,

great men an illusion.

 

Placed in the scales, they rise;

they weigh less than a breath.

 

Do not put your trust in oppression

nor vain hopes on plunder.

 

Do not set your heart on riches

even when they increase,

 

For God has said only one thing;

only two do I know:

 

that to God alone belongs power

and to you, Lord, love;

 

and that you repay each man

according to his deeds.

 

 

Doxology

 

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Scripture Reading

 

 

Nocturn II

 

 

Psalm 76

 

I cry aloud to God,

cry aloud to God that he may hear me.

 

In the day of my distress I sought the Lord

My hands were raised at night without ceasing;

my soul refused to be consoled.

 

I remembered my God and I groaned.

I pondered and my spirit fainted.

 

You withheld sleep from my eyes.

I was troubled, I could not speak.

 

I thought of the days of long ago

and remembered the years long past.

 

At night I mused within my heart.

I pondered and my spirit questioned.

 

“Will the Lord reject us for ever?

Will he show us his favor no more?

 

Has his love vanished for ever?

Has his promise come to an end?

 

Does God forget his mercy

or in anger withhold his compassion?”

 

I said: “This is what causes my grief,

that the way of the Most High has changed.”

 

I remember the deeds of the Lord,

I remember your wonders of old;

 

I muse on all your works

and ponder your mighty deeds.

 

Your ways, O God, are holy.

What god is great as our God?

 

You are the God who works wonders.

You showed your power among the peoples,

 

Your strong arm redeemed your people,

the sons of Jacob and Joseph.

 

The waters saw you, O God,

the waters saw you and trembled;

the depths were moved with terror.

 

The clouds poured down rain,

the skies sent forth their voice;

your arrows flashed to and fro.

 

Your thunder rolled round the sky,

your flashes lighted up the world.

 

The earth was moved and trembled

when your way led through the sea,

 

your path through the mighty waters

and no one saw your footprints.

 

You guided your people like a flock

by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

 

 

Doxology

 

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Psalm 138A

 

O Lord, you search me and you know me,

you know my resting and my rising,

you discern my purpose from afar.

 

You mark when I walk or lie down;

all my ways lie open to you.

 

Before ever a word is on my tongue

you know it, O Lord, through and through.

 

Behind and before you besiege me,

your hand ever laid upon me.

 

Too wonderful for me, this knowledge,

too high, beyond my reach.

 

O where can I go from your spirit,

or where can I flee from your face?

 

If I climb the heavens, you are there.

If I lie in the grave, you are there.

 

If I take the wings of the dawn

and dwell at the sea’s furthest end,

 

even there your hand would lead me,

your right hand would hold me fast.

 

 

Doxology

 

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Psalm 138B

 

If I say: “Let the darkness hide me

and the light around me be night,”

 

even darkness is not dark for you

and the night is as clear as the day.

 

For it was you who created my being,

knit me together in my mother’s womb.

 

I thank you for the wonder of my being,

for the wonders of all your creation.

 

Already you knew my soul,

my body held no secret from you

 

when I was being fashioned in secret

and molded in the depths of the earth.

 

Your eyes saw all my actions,

they were all of them written in your book;

 

every one of my days was decreed

before one of them came into being.

 

To me, how mysterious your thoughts,

the sum of them not to be numbered!

 

If I count them, they are more than the sand;

to finish, I must be eternal, like you.

 

O God, that you would slay the wicked!

Men of blood, keep far away from me!

 

with deceit they rebel against you

and set your designs at naught.

 

Do I not hate those who hate you,

abhor those who rise against you?

 

I hate them with a perfect hate

and they are foes to me.

 

O search me, God, and know my heart.

O test me and know my thoughts.

 

See that I follow not the wrong path

and lead me in the path of life eternal.

 

 

Doxology

 

Praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,

both now and for ever,

 

The God who is, who was, and is to come,

at the end of the ages.

 

 

Non-Scriptural Reading

 

Prayer

 

 

Commemoration of our Lady

 

We fly to your patronage,

O holy Mother of God;

despise not

our petitions

in our necessities,

but ever deliver us from all evil,

O glorious and blessed Virgin.

 

 

Dismissal

 

Let us bless the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.