March 28: Psalm 130
Sixth Penitential Psalm
Common meter 86.86 Morning Song, p. 30
New Britain (Amazing Grace), p. 29
Lord, from the depths to Thee I cried. My Lord, give ear to me,
O hear my voice and hearken to my supplicating plea.
Lord, who shall stand if Thou, my Lord, should mark iniquity?
But yet with Thee forgiveness is, that men may rev’rence Thee.
I wait, my soul awaits the Lord; my hope is in His word.
More than the watchmen wait for morn my soul waits for my Lord.
O Is-ra-el, hope in the Lord; the Lord saves graciously.
And He shall Is-ra-el redeem from all iniquity.
Throughout Christian history, Psalm 130 has been one of the psalms most frequently prayed. It speaks of the depths of our sin and the abundant, redemptive mercy of God. In this mercy and copious redemption we place all our hope: “O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” (Reardon, p. 260)
Kyrie eleison; Christe eleison; Kyrie eleison