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A Commentary On The Psalms From Primitive and Mediæval Writers Volumes 1 To 4 by Rev. J.M. Neale D.D.

O GOD, (Lu.) Who madest joy to be heard in the morning of Thy holy resurrection, when returning from the grave, Thou filledst the earth with gladness, after leaving it in darkness, we beseech the unspeakable majesty of Thy power, that as Thou madest the Apostolic band rejoice then in Thy holy arising, so Thou wouldst vouchsafe to enlighten with the brightness of heavenly radiance Thy Church, which with outstretched hands implores Thy mercy. (5.)

Let Thy good HOLY SPIRIT,* O LORD, lead us in the right way, overcome evil within us, and abound with His Godhead in us all. (11.)

When our spirit faileth, (D. C.) hear us, O LORD, and that right soon, comfort us, and make known unto us the way in which we may walk to please Thee, that with Thy good Spirit for our guide, Thou mayest bring our soul out of all trouble, and quicken us in Thy righteousness. (1.)

O good JESU,* WORD of the FATHER, Splendour of the FATHER’S glory, on Whom the angels desire to gaze, teach me to do Thy will, that led by Thy good Spirit, I may reach that blessed City where is eternal day, and one spirit amongst all, where is certain safety, and safe eternity, and eternal peace, and peaceful happiness, and happy sweetness, and sweet enjoyment, where Thou livest. (5.)

Grant me,* O LORD, so fitly and devoutly to say, not with voice alone, but with penitent heart, these Psalms which Thy Church calls penitential, and appoints to be sung unto Thee by penitents, that through the saddening of wholesome penitence I may attain the joy of spiritual gladness, so that after wholesome penitence I may rejoicingly say in spiritual gladness, Let Thy good Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness. Grant me, O LORD, that this sevenfold group of penitential Psalms may be a remedy against the sevenfold group of deadly sins, and help me to the sevenfold group of the principal virtues, and the sevenfold group of spiritual gifts, to the sevenfold beatitudes, and to the seven petitions contained in the LORD’S Prayer. Grant me, O LORD, in meditating on these Psalms, fear of punishment, sorrow for sin, hope of pardon, love of purity in heart, longing for the heavenly country, distrust of my own strength, and joy of spiritual gladness. Vouchsafe in Thy mercy that I may go up by the seven steps of the ladder of penitence to the life of the heavenly country, that I may be led thither at the last, and happily ascend, and dwell there, and reign with Thee for evermore. (1.)








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