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PSALM 28 – AFFERTE DOMINO

PSALM 28 – AFFERTE DOMINO

An invitation to glorify God, with a commemoration of his mighty works.

A psalm for David, at the finishing of the tabernacle.

Bring to the Lord, O ye children of God: bring to the Lord the offspring of rams.

Bring to the Lord glory and honour: bring to the Lord glory to his name: adore ye the Lord in his holy court.

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of majesty hath thundered, the Lord is upon many waters.

The voice of the Lord is in power; the voice of the Lord in magnificence.

The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars: yea, the Lord shall break the cedars of Libanus.

And shall reduce them to pieces, as a calf of Libanus, and as the beloved son of unicorns.

The voice of the Lord divideth the flame of fire: The voice of the Lord shaketh the desert: and the Lord shall shake the desert of Cades.

The voice of the Lord prepareth the stags: and he will discover the thick woods: and in his temple all shall speak his glory.

The Lord maketh the flood to dwell: and the Lord shall sit king for ever.

The Lord will give strength to his people: the Lord will bless his people with peace.

Psalm 28. Ver. 6. “Shall reduce them to pieces”, &c. In Hebrew, “shall make them skip like a calf”. The psalmist here describes the effects of thunder (which he calls the voice of the Lord) which sometimes breaks down the tallest and strongest trees; and makes their broken branches skip, etc. All this is to be understood mystically of the powerful voice of God in his church; which has broken the pride of the great ones of this world, and brought many of them meekly and joyfully to submit their necks to the sweet yoke of Christ.

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THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD, RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 28)

R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

1. O give the Lord you sons of God,
give the Lord glory and power;
give the Lord the glory of his name.
Adore the Lord in his holy court. (R.)

2. The Lord’s voice resounding on the waters,
the Lord on the immensity of waters;
the voice of the Lord, full of power,
the voice of the Lord, full of splendour. (R.)

3. The God of glory thunders.
In his temple they all cry: “Glory!”
The Lord sat enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits as king for ever. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
John saw Jesus coming towards him, and said: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Alleluia!

 
 

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