Antiphon (mantra) repeat quietly:
It is good to give thanks, to lift our hearts to God.
Happy are those concerned for the poor;
God will help them in times of trouble.
The Giver of Life will protect them;
they will not be abandoned.
Their enemies will not overtake them.
God will be their comfort
and restore them to health and happiness.
And now I pray,
"God, have mercy on me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you."
My foes speak evil against me:
"How long before that one dies
and no one remembers the name?"
They visit me and speak without sincerity;
when they leave they slander me.
My enemies whisper together against me;
they imagine the worst about me.
They say I will never rise again.
Even my friend, the one I trusted,
has turned against me.
Be merciful to me, Giver of Life;
restore my health.
Assure me of your love
and my foes will not triumph over me.
If you uphold me, I shall be unharmed
and remain in your presence forever.
Pray the Prayer of Jesus (Our Father)
Translation © 1998 Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Inc.