Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Penitential Psalms. It is the pious custom to recite the seven Penitential Psalms, respectively, by way of prayer against the seven deadly sins.
Ant.Remember not, O Lord, our offences, not those of our parents; neither take thou vengance of our sins
1. Psalm vi Domine, ne in furore
1. David, in deep affliction, prays for a mitigation of the Divine anger; 4. in consideration of God's mercy; 5. His glory; 6. his own repentance. 8. By faith he triumphs over his enemies

1. O Lord, rebuke me not in thine indignation: not chastise me in thy wrath. 2.Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak; heal me, O Lord for my bones are troubled. 3. My soul also is troubled exceedingly: but thou, O Lord, how long?4. Turn thee, O Lord and deliver my soul: O save me for thy mercy's sake. 5. For in death there is no one that remembereth thee: and who will give thee thanks in hell? 6. I have laboured in my groanings, every night will I wash my bed: and water my coach with my tears. 7. My eye is troubled through indignation: I have grown old among all mine enemies. 8. Depart from me, all ye that work iniquity: for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. 9. The Lord hath heard my supplication: the Lord hath received my prayer. 10. Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them be turned back and be ashamed very speedily. Glory, &c.

2. Psalm xxxi. Beati quorum
1. The blessedness of those whose sins are forgiven. 3. The misery of impenitence. 6. Confession of sin brings ease, 8. safety, 14. joy.

1. Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven: and whise sins are covered. 2. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord hath not imputed sin: and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3. Because I was silent, my bones grew old: while I cried aloud all the day long. 4. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: I turned in my anguish, while the torn was fastened in me. 5. I have acknowledged my sin unto thee: and my injustice have I not concealed. 6. I said, I will confess against myself my injustice to the Lord: and thou forgavest the wickedness of my sin. 7. For this shall every one that is holy pray unto thee: in a seasonable time. 8. But in the flood of many waters: they shall not come nigh unto him. 9. Thou art my refuge from the trouble which hath surrounded me: my joy, deliver me fromthem that compass me about. 10. I will give thee understanding, and will instruct thee in the way wherein thou shalt go: I will fix my eyes upon thee. 11. Bee ye not like unto horse and mule, which have no understanding. 12. With bit and bridle bind fast the jaws of those who come not nigh unto thee. 13. Many are the scourges of the sinner: but mercy shall compass him about that hopeth in the Lord. 14. Be glad, O ye just, and rejoice in the Lord: and glory, all ye that are right of heart. Glory, &c.

3. Psalm xxxvii Domine, ne in furore
1. David's extreme anguish, 15. He hopes in God, 18. His resignation and grief, 22. Prayer.

1. O Lord, rebuke me not in thy indignation; nor chastise me in thy wrath. 2. For thine arrow stick fast in me: and thou hast laid thy hand heavily upon me. 3. There is no health in my flesh because of thy wrath: there is no rest to my bones because of my sins. 4. For my iniquities are gone over my head: and like a heavy burden, press sorely upon me. 5. My wounds have putrefied and are corrupt: because of my foolishness. 6. I am become miserable and am bowed down even to the end: I go sorrowfully all the day long. 7. For my loins are filled with illusions; and there is no soundness in my flesh. 8. I am afflicted and humbled exceedingly: I have roared for the groaning of my heart. 9.Lord, all my desire is before thee: and my groaning is not hidden from thee. 10. My heart is troubled, my strength hath failed me: the very light of my eyes is gone from me. 11. My friends and my neighbours drew near , and stood up against me. 12. They that were once nigh me stood afar off: and they that sought after my soul did violence against me. 13. And they that sought to do me eveil talked vanities: and imagined deceits all the day long. 14. But I, as a deaf man, heard not: and as one that is dumb, who openeth not his mouth. 15. I become as man that heareth not: and that hath no reproofs in his mouth. 16. For in thee, O Lord, have I hoped: thou wilt hear me, O Lord my God. 17. For I said, Let not mine enemies at any time triumph over me: and when my feet slip, they have spoken great things against me. 18. For I am prepared for scourges: and my sorrow is always before me. 19. For I will confess mine iniquity: and will think upon my sin. 20. But mine enemies live, and are strengthen against me: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. 21. They that render evil for good spoke against me, because I followed goodness. 22. Forsake me not, O Lord my god: go not thou far from me. 23. Hasten to my help, O Lord God of my salvation. Glory, &c.