September 26
Antiphon (mantra) repeat quietly:

It is God who scatters my darkness, kindles a light to guide me.

Psalm 18 (Part I)

I love you, O God, my strength.
It is in you that I place my trust.

You are my rock, my helper.
You are worthy of all praise.
I call on you that I may be safe.

The waves of death rose about me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me;
the snare of the grave entangled me;
the sorrows of death confronted me.
In my anguish I called;
I cried to you for help, O God.
You listened and heard my plea.

The earth trembled deep within;
the roots of the mountains quaked.
Borne on the wings of the wind,
you made your presence known.

You were wrapped in darkness,
clothed in water and thick clouds.
From the brightness of your presence
coals were kindled to flame.
Your lightning flashed, scattering the foe.

When you spoke, O God,
the bed of the ocean was revealed,
the foundations of the world were laid bare,
the fountains of water appeared.
You drew me from the mighty waters.
You rescued me from a foe too powerful.

They assailed me in the day of my misfortune,
but you were my strength.
You rescued me, setting me free,
because you love me.

You were pleased with me,
for I have acted justly.
I have kept your ways.

Your judgments are always before me;
I have never neglected your commands.
I am blameless in your presence,
and I have kept myself from evil.

Pray the Prayer of Jesus (Our Father)

Translation © 1998 Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Inc.