Antiphon 1: The Lord looks tenderly on those who are poor
In the Lord I have taken my refuge.
How can you say to my soul:
"Fly like a bird to its mountain.
See the wicked one bracing his bow;
he is fixing his arrows on the string
to ambush the upright by stealth.
Foundations once destroyed,
what can the just do?"
The Lord is in his holy temple,
the Lord, whose throne is in heaven.
His eyes look down on the world;
his gaze tests the people of the earth.
The Lord tests the just and the wicked;
the lover of violence he hates.
He sends fire and brimstone on the wicked;
he sends a scorching wind as their lot.
The Lord is just and loves justice;
the upright will see his face. Glory...
Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent
and dwell on your holy mountain?
The man who walks without fault,
who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart,
he who does not slander with his tongue,
who does no wrong to his kindred,
who casts no slur on his neighbors,
who holds the godless in disdain,
but honors those who fear the Lord;
those who keep their word, come what may,
who take no interest on a loan
and accept no bribes against the innocent.
Such people will stand firm for ever. Glory...
Praised be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has bestowed on us in Christ
every spiritual blessing in the heavens.
God chose us in him
before the world began
to be holy
and blameless in his sight,
to be full of love.
He predestined us
to be his adopted sons through Jesus Christ,
such was his will and pleasure,
that all might praise the glorious favor
he has bestowed on us in his beloved.
In him and through his blood,we have been redeemed,
and our sins forgiven,
so immeasurably generous
is God’s favor to us.
God has given us the wisdom
to understand fully the mystery,
the plan he was pleased
to decree in Christ.
A plan to be carried out
in Christ, in the fullness of time,
to bring all things into one in him,
in the heavens and on earth. Glory...
God chose us in his Son to be his adopted children.
For your holy Church,
- that your children may profess the name of the Savior with faith and with courage:
For those spreading the good news of salvation,
- that the workers sent by you may preach the name of the Savior with full confidence:
For our sick brothers and sisters,
- that they may regain their health by calling upon the name of the Savior:
For Christians subject to persecution,
- that they may endure the injustice done them for the name of the Savior:
For our brothers and sisters who have died.
- that through your compassion they may have life.
Grant your people, O Lord, we pray,
unshakable strength of faith,
so that all who profess that your Only Begotten Son
is with you for ever in your glory
and was born of the Virgin Mary
in a body truly like our own
may be freed from present trials
and given a place in abiding gladness.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.