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Miserere mei, Deus 

A prayer of David in danger and distress

1 Unto the end, for a people that is removed at a distance from the sanctuary: for David, for an inscription of a title (or pillar) when the Philistines held him in Geth.

2 Have mercy on me, O God, for man hath trodden me under foot; all the day long he hath afflicted me fighting against me.

My enemies have trodden on me all the day long; for there are many that make war against me.

From the height of the day I shall fear: but I will trust in thee.

In God I will praise my words, in God I have put my trust: I will not fear what flesh can do against me.

All day long they detested my words: all their thoughts were against me unto evil.

They will dwell and hide themselves: they will watch my heel.

As they have waited for my soul, for nothing shalt thou save them: in thy anger thou shalt break the people in pieces.

O God, I have declared to thee my life: thou hast set my tears in thy sight.

As also in thy promise. Then shall my enemies be turned back.

In what day soever I shall call upon thee, behold I know thy art my God.

In God will I praise the word, in the Lord will I praise his speech. In God have I hoped, I will not fear what man can do to me.

In me, O God, are vows to thee, which I will pay, praises to thee:

Because thou hast delivered my soul from death, my feet from falling: that I may please in the sight of God, in the light of the living.

Footnotes: Verse 4, The height of the day. That is, even at noonday, when the sun is the highest, I am still in danger. Verse 5, My words. The words or promises God has made in my favour. Verse 8, For nothing shalt thou save them. That is, since they lie in wait to ruin my soul, thou shalt for no consideration favour or assist them, but execute thy justice upon them. 


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Dixit insipiens. (2)

The general corruption of man before the coming of Christ.

1 Unto the end, for Maeleth, understandings to David. 

The fool said in his heart: There is no God.

2 They are corrupted, and become abominable in iniquities: there is none that doth good.

God looketh down from heaven on the children of men: to see if there were any that did understand, or did seek God.

All have gone aside, they are become unprofitable together, there is none that doth good, no not one.

Shall not all the workers of iniquity know, who eat up my people as they eat bread?

They have not called upon God: there have they trembled for fear, where there was no fear.

For God hath scattered the bones of them that please men: they have been confounded, because God hath despised them.

Who will give out of Sion the salvation of Israel? when God shall bring back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.




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“He has given his Angels charge over you.” O marvellous condescension! O truly great manifestation of love! Who has given the charge? Over whom? What charge?

Let us ponder deeply, brethren, let us consider carefully this great charge.

Who has given the charge? To whom do the Angels belong? Whose command do they obey? Whose will do they serve? For indeed he has given his Angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Nor do they fail, for they even bear you up in their hands. It is the Highest Majesty, therefore, who has given the charge to the Angels – to his Angels. To these beings, so noble, so blessed, so close to himself, beings of his own household, he has given charge of you.

Who are you? What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that thou visit him? Is man not rottenness and the son of man a worm? And what do you think is the charge he has given them concerning you? “To keep you.”

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964


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Psalm 17 (Psalm 18)

David’s thanks to God for his delivery from all his enemies.

Unto the end, for David, the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord words of this canticle, in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hands of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. (2 Kings [2 Samuel] 22.)

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength:

The Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer.

My God is my helper, and in him will I put my trust.

My protector and the horn of my salvation, and my support.

Praising I will call upon the Lord: and I shall be saved from my enemies.

The sorrows of death surrounded me: and the torrents of iniquity troubled me.

The sorrows of hell encompassed me: and the snares of death prevented me.

In my affliction I called upon the Lord, and I cried to my God:

And he heard my voice from his holy temple: and my cry before him came into his ears.

The earth shook and trembled: the foundations of the mountains were troubled and were moved, because he was angry with them.

There went up a smoke in his wrath: and a fire flamed from his face: coals were kindled by it.

He bowed the heavens, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

And he ascended upon the cherubim, and he flew; he flew upon the wings of the winds.

And he made darkness his covert, his pavilion round about him: dark waters in the clouds of the air.

At the brightness that was before him the clouds passed, hail and coals of fire.

And the Lord thundered from heaven, and the highest gave his voice: hail and coals of fire.

And he sent forth his arrows, and he scattered them: he multiplied lightnings, and troubled them.

Then the fountains of waters appeared, and the foundations of the world were discovered:

At thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the spirit of thy wrath.

He sent from high, and took me: and received me out of many waters.

He delivered me from my strongest enemies, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.

They prevented me in the day of my affliction: and the Lord became my protector.

And he brought me forth into a large place: he saved me, because he was well pleased with me.

And the Lord will reward me according to my justice; and will repay me according to the cleanness of my hands:

Because I have kept the ways of the Lord; and have not done wickedly against my God.

For all his judgments are in my sight: and his justice I have not put away from me.

And I shall be spotless with him: and shall keep myself from my iniquity.

And the Lord will reward me according to my justice; and according to the cleanness of my hands before his eyes.

With the holy, thou wilt be holy; and with the innocent man thou wilt be innocent.

And with the elect thou wilt be elect: and with the perverse thou wilt be perverted.

For thou wilt save the humble people; but wilt bring down the eyes of the proud.

For thou lightest my lamp, O Lord: O my God enlighten my darkness.

For by thee I shall be delivered from temptation; and through my God I shall go over a wall.

As for my God, his way is undefiled: the words of the Lord are fire tried: he is the protector of all that trust in him.

For who is God but the Lord? or who is God but our God?

God, who hath girt me with strength; and made my way blameless.

Who hath made my feet like the feet of harts: and who setteth me upon high places.

Who teacheth my hands to war: and thou hast made my arms like a brazen bow.

And thou hast given me the protection of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath held me up:

And thy discipline hath corrected me unto the end: and thy discipline, the same shall teach me.

Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; and my feet are not weakened.

I will pursue after my enemies, and overtake them: and I will not turn again until they are consumed.

I will break them, and they shall not be able to stand: they shall fall under my feet.

And thou hast girded me with strength unto battle; and hast subdued under me them that rose up against me.

And thou hast made my enemies turn their back upon me, and hast destroyed them that hated me.

They cried, but there was none to save them, to the Lord: but he heard them not.

And I shall beat them as small as the dust before the wind; I shall bring them to nought, like the dirt in the streets.

Thou wilt deliver me from the contradictions of the people: thou wilt make me head of the Gentiles.

A people, which I knew not, hath served me: at the hearing of the ear they have obeyed me.

The children that are strangers have lied to me, strange children have faded away, and have halted from their paths.

The Lord liveth, and blessed be my God, and let the God of my salvation be exalted:

O God, who avengest me, and subduest the people under me, my deliverer from my enemies.

And thou wilt lift me up above them that rise up against me: from the unjust man thou wilt deliver me.

Therefore will I give glory to thee, O Lord, among the nations, and I will sing a psalm to thy name.

Giving great deliverance to his king, and shewing mercy to David his anointed: and to his seed for ever.



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R. O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

1. O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
Zion, praise your God!
He has strengthened the bars of your gates,
he has blessed the children within you. (R.)

2. He established peace on your borders,
he feeds you with finest wheat.
He sends out his word to the earth
and swiftly runs his command. (R.)

3. He makes his word known to Jacob,
to Israel his laws and decrees.
He has not dealt thus with other nations;
he has not taught them his decrees. (R.)


Alleluia, alleluia!
Glory be to you, O Christ, proclaimed to the pagans;
glory be to you, O Christ, believed in by the world.


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R. The Lord is king, most high above all the earth.

1. The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,
let all the coastlands be glad.
Cloud and darkness are his raiment;
his throne, justice and right. (R.)

2. The mountains melt like wax
before the Lord of all the earth.
The skies proclaim his justice;
all peoples see his glory. (R.)

3. For you indeed are the Lord
most high above all the earth
exalted far above all spirits. (R.)


Alleluia, alleluia!
This is my Son, the Beloved,
he enjoys my favour; listen to him.


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R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

1. In their heart they put God to the test
by demanding the food they craved.
They even spoke against God.
They said: “Is it possible for God
to prepare a table in the desert?” (R.)

2. Yet he commanded the clouds above
and opened the gates of heaven.
He rained down manna for their food,
and gave them bread from heaven. (R.)

3. Mere men ate the bread of angels.
He sent them abundance of food:
he made the east wind blow from heaven
and roused the south wind by his might. (R.)

4. He rained food on them like dust,
winged fowl like the sands of the sea.
He let it fall in the midst of their camp
and all around their tents. (R.)


Alleluia, alleluia!
Bend my heart to your will, O Lord,
and teach me your law.


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Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak,Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
1 Samuel 3:9; John 6:68

Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words gladden the heart, O Lord,
they give light to the eyes.
Psalm 18:9

Alleluia, alleluia!
Teach me your paths, my God,
make me walk in your truth.
Psalm 24:4, 5

Alleluia, alleluia!
Instruct me, Lord, in your way;
on an even path lead me.
Psalm 26:11

Alleluia, alleluia!
Harden not your hearts today,
but listen to the voice of the Lord.
Psalm 94:8

Alleluia, alleluia!
Your precepts, O Lord, are all of them sure;
they stand firm for even and ever.
Psalm 110:7, 8

Alleluia, alleluia!
Open my eyes, O Lord, that I may consider
the wonders of your law.
Psalm 118:18

Alleluia, alleluia!
Make me grasp the way of your precepts,
and I will muse on your wonders.
Psalm 118:27

Alleluia, alleluia!
Train me, Lord, to observe your law,
to keep it with my heart.
Psalm 118:34

Alleluia, alleluia!
Bend my heart to your will, O Lord,
and teach me your law.
Psalm 118:29, 35

Alleluia, alleluia!
Because of your love give me life,
and I will do your will.
Psalm 118:88

Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is a lamp for my steps
and a light for my path.
Psalm 118:105

Alleluia, alleluia!
Let your face shine on your servant,
and teach me your decrees.
Psalm 118:135

Alleluia, alleluia!
My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
Psalm 129:5

Alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord is faithful in all his words
and loving in all his deeds.
Psalm 144:13

Alleluia, alleluia!
O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
He sends out his word to the earth.
Psalm 147:12, 15


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R. Taste and see that the Lord is good.

1. I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad. (R.)

2. Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free. (R.)

3. Look towards him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called; the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress. (R.)

4. The angel of the Lord is encamped
Around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him. (R.)


Alleluia, alleluia!
Through the Good News God called us
to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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The first psalm speaks of happiness, just as Jesus’ first discourse began with “Happy!” (or being blessed, “fortunate”). We often find the theme of two ways in the Bible (Dt 30:15; Jer 21:8; Pro 4:18; Mt 7:13). It expresses our PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY which will be clearly seen on the day of judgment. Whatever the appearances may be at times, true happiness is for those who are faithful to the will of God.

Jesus is the green and productive tree par excellence. All that is good, great, beautiful and holy in the heart of a person blossoms on the tree of the cross.

What you sow in life you will harvest. Those who keep God’s law will be happy here and in the next life. Whoever refuses it will not prosper.


Blessed is the one
who does not go where the wicked gather,
or stand in the way of sinners,
or sit where the scoffers sit!

Instead, he finds delight in the law of the Lord
and meditates day and night on his commandments.

He is like a tree beside a brook producing fruit in season,
its leaves never withering.
Everything he does is a success.

But it is different with the wicked.
They are like chaff
driven away by the wind.
The wicked will not stand when judgment comes,
nor the sinners when the righteous assemble.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous
but cuts off the way of the wicked.


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