Antiphon (mantra) repeat quietly:
Help me, O God of Life; save me because of your love.
O God, you are my saving light;
in your presence I am not fearful.
You protect my life,
freeing me from fear.
When the violent seek to oppress me,
seek to tear me down,
they themselves stumble and fall,
while my heart remains undaunted.
There is one thing I ask of you;
for this I long:
to live in your house
all the days of my life.
You provide me with a place of safety,
build a shelter to protect me.
In you I find refuge from the violent.
My heart praises you in song and dance.
Caught up in your beauty,
I speak of my heart's desire:
to find the fullness of life,
dwelling in your presence forever.
Without you I am lonely and desolate;
do not reject me.
You are my heart's consolation;
there is no other.
Teach me to follow
the path that leads to you.
My oppressors plan violence against me;
false witnesses speak my name maliciously.
Your goodness fills my life.
In fidelity of heart I wait,
I wait to share the vision of your love,
to savor the sweetness of your presence.
Pray the Prayer of Jesus (Our Father)
Translation © 1998 Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Inc.