WEEK 25 - FRIDAY
Psalter, Friday Week I
Help us, O Lord, to live
the faith which we proclaim,
that all our thoughts and words and deeds
may glorify thy name.
Help us, O Lord, to teach
the beauty of thy ways,
that yearning souls may find the Christ,
and sing aloud his praise.
Text: W.W. Reid; Melody: Franconia S.M, J.B. Konig, 1758, Midi: Cyberhymnal
At one of the hours, the psalms are said as below. At the other hours, the complementary psalms are used.
Lightly I run in the way you have shown.
My soul lies in the dust;
by your will revive me.
I declared my ways and you answered;
teach me your statutes.
Make me grasp the way of your precepts
and I will muse on your wonders.
My soul pines away with grief;
by your word raise me up.
Keep me from the way of error
and teach me your law.
I have chosen the way of truth
with your decrees before me.
I bind myself to do your will;
Lord, do not disappoint me.
I will run the way of your commands;
you give freedom to my heart. Glory...
Psalm Prayer: Lord, we are citizens of this earth and ask to be made citizens of heaven by your free gift. Help us to run in the way of your commandments and to set our hearts on you alone.
Antiphon: Lightly I run in the way you have shown.
Antiphon 2: I trust in the Lord and will not be shaken.
Give judgment for me, O Lord:
for I walk the path of perfection.
I trust in the Lord; I have not wavered.
Examine me, Lord, and try me;
O test my heart and my mind,
for your love is before my eyes
and I walk according to your truth.
I never take my place with liars
and with hypocrites I shall not go.
I hate the evil-doer's company:
I will not take my place with the wicked.
To prove my innocence I wash my hands
and take my place around your altar,
singing a song of thanksgiving,
proclaiming all your wonders.
O Lord, I love the house where you dwell,
the place where your glory abides.
Do not sweep me away with sinners,
nor my life with bloodthirsty men
in whose hands are evil plots,
whose right hands are filled with gold.
As for me, I walk the path of perfection.
Redeem me and show me your mercy.
My foot stands on level ground:
I will bless the Lord in the assembly. Glory...
Psalm Prayer: Send the fire of your Holy Spirit deep within us, Lord, so that we can serve you with chaste bodies and please you with pure minds.
Antiphon: I trust in the Lord and will not be shaken.
Antiphon 3: I put all my trust in the Lord, and he has not failed me.
To you, O Lord, I call,
my rock, hear me.
If you do not heed I shall become
like those in the grave.
Hear the voice of my pleading
as I call for help,
as I lift up my hands in prayer
to your holy place.
Do not drag me away with the wicked,
with the evil-doers,
who speak words of peace to their neighbors
but with evil in their hearts.
Blessed be Lord for he has heard
my cry, my appeal.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts.
I was helped, my heart rejoices
and I praise him with my song.
The Lord is the strength of his people,
a fortress where his anointed find salvation.
Save your people; bless Israel your heritage.
Be their shepherd and carry them for ever. Glory...
Psalm Prayer: You are the strength of the people, Father. Save us from the pit of death and unite us as one in your holy temple, so that we may attain in our hearts the peace our tongues proclaim.
Antiphon: I put all my trust in the Lord, and he has not failed me.