February 7
Antiphon (mantra) repeat quietly:

I will bless the Holy One; let all that is within me sing praise.

Psalm 35 (Part I)

O God, plead my cause against my foes;
come to my aid.
Against those who pursue me, rise up.
O God, let me hear you say,
"I am your salvation."

Let those who seek my life
be shamed and disgraced.
Let those who plot against me
be scattered in confusion.
Let them be like chaff before the wind;
let their path be slippery and dark.

Without cause they set a snare for me;
they have dug a pit.
Let ruin fall upon them
and take them by surprise.
Let them be caught in the snare they set;
let them fall into their own pit.

Then I shall rejoice in your saving help.
My whole being will say,
"God, who is like you?
Only you rescue the poor and the weak."

Lying witnesses arise
and accuse me unjustly.
They repay me evil for good.

When they were sick,
I went into mourning,
fasting on their behalf.

A prayer was ever on my lips,
as for a relative or friend.
As though mourning a parent,
I was bowed down with grief.

Now that I am in trouble,
they gather to mock me.
They take me by surprise
to strike and tear me to pieces.

Pray the Prayer of Jesus (Our Father)

Translation © 1998 Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Inc.