Sunday, April 03, 2005

Vespers - Office for the Dead

De Profundis

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice:
let thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications.

If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities,
O Lord, who shall stand?
But there is forgiveness with thee,
that thou mayest be feared.

I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait,
and in his word do I hope.
My soul waiteth for the Lord
more than they that watch for the morning:
I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

Let Israel hope in the LORD:
for with the LORD there is mercy,
and with him is plenteous redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Psalm 130

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I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills

from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD,
which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is thy keeper:
the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul.

The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Psalm 121

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Though he was in the form of God,
(Jesus) did not deem equality with God
something to be grasped at.
Rather, he emptied himself
and took the form of a slave,
Being born in the likeness of men.

He was known to be of human estate,
And it was thus that he humbled himself,
Obediently accepting even death,
death on a cross!

Because of this,
God highly exalted him
And bestowed on him the name
above every other name,

So that at the Name of Jesus
every knee must bend
In the heavens,
on the earth,
and under the earth,
And every tongue confess
to the glory of God the Father
Jesus Christ is Lord!

Phillipians 2:6-11

Office for the Dead