- O COME, let us sing unto the Lord : let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
- Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving : and shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.
- For the Lord is a great God : and a great King above all gods.
- In his hand are all the corners of the earth : and the strength of the hills is his also.
- The sea is his, and he made it : and his hands prepared the dry land.
- O come, let us worship and fall down : and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
- For he is the Lord our God : and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
- To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts : as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;
- When your fathers tempted me : proved me, and saw my works.
- Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said : It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways;
- Unto whom I sware in my wrath : that they should not enter into my rest.
- Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks: so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
- My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God: when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
- My tears have been my meat day and night: while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God?
- Now when I think thereupon, I pour out my heart by myself: for I went with the multitude, and brought them forth into the house of God;
- In the voice of praise and thanksgiving: among such as keep holy-day.
- Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul: and why art thou so disquieted within me?
- O put thy trust in God: for I will yet thank him, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.
- My soul is vexed within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, from Hermon and the little hill.
- One deep calleth another, because of the noise of thy water-floods: all thy waves and storms are gone over me.
- The LORD will grant his loving-kindness in the daytime: and in the night season will I sing of him, and make my prayer unto the God of my life.
- I will say unto the God of my strength, Why hast thou forgotten me: why go I thus heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me?
- My bones are smitten asunder as with a sword: while mine enemies that trouble me cast me in the teeth;
- Namely, while they say daily unto me: Where is now thy God?
- Why art thou so vexed, O my soul: and why art thou so disquieted within me?
- O put thy trust in God: for I will yet thank him, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.
Sirach xxxvi. 1.
- Have mercy upon us, O Lord God of all and behold us: and send thy fear upon all the nations that seek not after thee.
- Lift up thy hand against the strange nations: and let them see thy power.
- As thou wast sanctified in us before them: so be thou magnified among them before us.
- And let them know thee, as we have known thee: that there is no God but only thou, O God.
- Shew new signs, and make other strange wonders: glorify thy hand and thy right arm, that they may set forth thy wondrous works.
- Gather all the tribes of Jacob together: and inherit thou them, as from the beginning.
- O Lord, have mercy upon the people that is called by thy name: and upon Israel, whom thou hast named thy firstborn.
- O be merciful unto Jerusalem: thy holy city, the place of thy rest.
- The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament showeth his handy-work.
- One day telleth another: and one night certifieth another.
- There is neither speech nor language: but their voices are heard among them.
- Their sound is gone out into all lands: and their words into the ends of the world.
- In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun: which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
- It goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
Jeremiah xv. 15
O Lord, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke. Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.
St Luke i. 68.
- Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
- And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us: in the house of his servant David;
- As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets: which have been since the world began;
- That we should be saved from our enemies: and from the hand of all that hate us.
- To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers: and to remember his holy Covenant;
- To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham: that he would give us;
- That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies: might serve him without fear;
- In holiness and righteousness before him: all the days of our life.
- And thou, Child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
- To give knowledge of salvation unto his people: for the remission of their sins,
- Through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us;
- To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Psalm 45 (I).
Eructavit cor meum.
- My heart overfloweth with a good matter; I speak the things which I have made concerning the King. * My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
- Thou art fairer than the children of men; * full of grace are thy lips, because God hath blessed thee for ever.
- Gird thee with thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou Most Mighty, * according to thy worship and renown.
- Good luck have thou with thine honour: * ride on, because of the word of truth, of meekness, and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
- Thy arrows are very sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies, * and the people shall be subdued unto thee.
- Thy seat, O God, endureth for ever; * the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
- Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; * wherefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
- All thy garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia; * out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
- Kings’ daughters are among thy honourable women; * upon thy right hand doth stand the queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.
Psalm 45 (II).
Audi, filia, et vide.
- Hearken, O daughter, and consider; incline thine ear; * forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house.
- So shall the King have pleasure in thy beauty; * for he is thy Lord, and worship thou him.
- And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; * like as the rich also among the people shall make their supplication before thee.
- The King’s daughter is all glorious within; * her clothing is of wrought gold.
- She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needlework: * the virgins that be her fellows shall bear her company, and shall be brought unto thee.
- With joy and gladness shall they be brought, * and shall enter into the King’s palace.
- Instead of thy fathers, thou shalt have children, * whom thou mayest make princes in all lands.
- I will make thy Name to be remembered from one generation to another; * therefore shall the people give thanks unto thee, world without end.
Ephesians i. 3.
- Blessed be the God and Father: of our Lord Jesus Christ,
- Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings: in heavenly places in Christ:
- According as he hath chosen us in him: before the foundation of the world,
- that we should be holy and without blame: before him in love:
- Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself: according to the good pleasure of his will,
- To the praise of the glory of his grace: wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
- In whom we have redemption through his blood: the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
- Wherein he hath abounded toward us: in all wisdom and prudence;
- Having made known unto us the mystery of his will: according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
- That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ: both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
I Thessalonians ii. 11.
As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
St. Luke i. 46.
- My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
- For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his handmaiden.
- For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed.
- For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.
- And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations.
- He hath showed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
- He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek;.
- He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.
- He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel: as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.
- Bow down thine ear, O LORD, and hear me: for I am poor, and in misery.
- Preserve thou my soul, for I am holy: my God, save thy servant that putteth his trust in thee.
- Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I will call daily upon thee.
- Comfort the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
- For thou, Lord, art good and gracious: and of great mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
- Give ear, LORD, unto my prayer: and ponder the voice of my humble desires.
- In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou hearest me.
- Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord: there is not one that can do as thou doest.
- All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship thee, O Lord: and shall glorify thy Name.
- For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
- Teach me thy way, O LORD, and I will walk in thy truth: O knit my heart unto thee, that I may fear thy Name.
- I will thank thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and will praise thy Name for evermore.
- For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the nethermost hell.
- O God, the proud are risen against me: and the congregations of violent men have sought after my soul, and have not set thee before their eyes.
- But thou, O Lord God, art full of compassion and mercy: long-suffering, plenteous in goodness and truth.
- O turn thee then unto me, and have mercy upon me: give thy strength unto thy servant, and help the son of thine handmaid.
- Show some token upon me for good; that they who hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
I Thessalonians v. 9.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
St. Luke ii. 29.
- Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, * according to thy word.
- For mine eyes have seen * thy salvation,
- Which thou hast prepared * before the face of all people;
- To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, * and to be the glory of thy people Israel.