WEEK IV - MONDAY
Psalter, Monday Week IV
Ralph Wright, 1808; Melody: St. Anne
At one of the hours, the psalms are said as below. At the other hours, the complementary psalms are used.
Lord, guide my steps according to your promise.
Your will is wonderful indeed;
therefore I obey it.
The unfolding of your word gives light
and teaches the simple.
I open my mouth and I sigh
as I yearn for your commands.
Turn and show me your mercy;
show justice to your friends.
Let my steps be guided by your promise;
let no evil rule me.
Redeem me from man's oppression
and I will keep your precepts.
Let your face shine on your servant
and teach me your decrees.
Tears stream from my eyes
because your law is disobeyed. Glory...
Psalm Prayer: You are just, Lord God, and righteous are your judgments. Deliver those who cry to you in their affliction; give them peace and calm to reflect on your commands.
Antiphon: Lord, guide my steps according to your promise.
Antiphon 2: There is but one lawgiver and judge; who are you to judge your neighbor.
God stands in the divine assembly.
In the midst of the gods he gives judgment.
How long will you judge unjustly
and favor the cause of the wicked?
Do justice for the weak and the orphan,
defend the afflicted and the needy.
Rescue the weak and the poor;
set them free from the hand of the wicked.
Unperceiving, they grope in the darkness
and the order of the world is shaken.
I have said to you: 'You are gods
and all of you, sons of the Most High.'
And yet, you shall die like men,
you shall fall like any earthly princes."
Arise, O God, judge the earth,
for you rule all the nations. Glory...
Psalm Prayer: You are always true to your word, Father. Look down from heaven and put an end to our foolishness. Save us from groundless fears and help us to please you with undivided heart.
Antiphon: There is but one lawgiver and judge; who are you to judge your neighbor.
Antiphon 3: I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me.
To me you shall be sacred; for I, the Lord, am sacred, I, who have set you apart from the other nations to be my own.
How happy are we who have the Lord for our God.
- We are the people he chose as his inheritance.
God our Father,
work is your gift to us,
a call to reach new heights
by using our talents for the good of all.
Guide us as we work and teach us to live
in the spirit that has made us your sons and daughters,
in the love that has made us brothers and sisters.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.