Antiphon (mantra) repeat quietly:
God will protect the footsteps of the just. The faithful ones will be blest.
God, the Holy One,
spoke and summoned the earth,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
From Zion, God shines forth in perfect beauty.
God comes, keeping silence no longer.
As fire devours and tempest rages,
God calls on the heavens and the earth
to witness the judgment of all people:
"Summon before me my people,
those who made covenant with me by sacrifice."
The heavens proclaim justice,
for God is the judge.
"Listen, my people, I am speaking;
I will testify against your ways,
for I am God.
I accuse you, lay the charge before you.
I find no fault with your sacrifices;
your offerings are constantly before me.
I do not want more animals from your herds,
for all the beasts, wild and tame, are mine.
I know all the birds
and all that stirs in the field.
They belong to me.
Were I hungry, I would not tell you;
the world and all it holds is mine.
Do you think I eat the flesh of cattle
or drink the blood of goats?
Let praise be your sacrifice,
keeping the vows you made to me.
Call on me in the day of distress.
I will free you and you shall honor me."
But to the wicked God says,
"What right have you to recite my laws
and take my covenant on your lips,
you who despise my law?
You throw my words to the winds.
You make friends with thieves,
throw in your lot with adulterers,
unbridle your tongues for evil,
You speak against your family,
slandering your sisters and brothers.
You do this and expect me to keep silence.
Do you think that I am like you?
Mark this, you who never think of me.
Remember, your life depends on mine.
A sacrifice of praise honors me.
This is the way to salvation."
Pray the Prayer of Jesus (Our Father)
Translation © 1998 Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Inc.