Liturgical Music

Path of life II

one purple cosmos

By the time you read this, two of three weeks will have passed of this year's Benedictine Spirituality Workshop and Retreat (BSWR) for Scholastics discerning final profession. Presentations to the group and conversations with Spiritual Directors have taken place, and we are in the rich days of silent retreat.

Each of us took a turn leading prayer. Since the session I was assigned started at 9:00 pm EDT (to accommodate four time zones), I chose a psalm used at Compline.

Please press play on the device above to hear our Schola sing Psalm 16, and/or use the text below for lectio divina.

Preserve me, O God, I take shelter in you.
I say to you, "You are my God.
My happiness lies in you alone."

You place in my heart a marvelous love
for the faithful ones who dwell in your land.
Those who choose other gods increase their sorrows.
Never will I offer their offerings of blood.
Never will I take their name upon my lips.

O God, you are my portion and my cup;
it is you yourself who are my prize.
The lot marked out for me is my delight;
welcome indeed the heritage that falls to me!

I will bless you, for you give me counsel,
even at night you direct my heart.
I am always aware of your presence,
You are at my side; I shall stand firm.

And so my heart rejoices, I sing for joy;
my body shall rest in safety.
For you will not leave me among the dead
nor let your beloved know decay.

You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence.
You will be my happiness forever.

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3