Friday, October 18, 2013

Psalm 118


Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

#41ABC Solemnities ABC Context (Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter)

#42A Solemnities A Context (The Mass of Easter Day A)
R. (24) This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.

#42B Solemnities B Context (The Mass of Easter Day B)
R. (24) This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.

R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
"His mercy endures forever."
R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;
the right hand of the LORD is exalted.
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.
R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
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Commentary on Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

Psalm 118 is in regular use during the Easter season. It is a liturgical song of praise and victory. The messianic imagery is so strong that it has been used for the past three days, reflecting the joy of the Church in the Eastertide. This litany of thanksgiving features the cornerstone image that, in addition to Acts 10:34a, 37-43 (Easter Sunday), was also used in the Gospel of St. Mark (Mark 12:10) and the first epistle of St. Peter (1 Peter 2:7) (there are 9 other scripture references not listed here).

CCC: Ps 118:22 587, 756
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Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

#43A Solemnities A Context (2nd Sunday of Easter A [Divine Mercy Sunday])

#44B Solemnities B Context (2nd Sunday of Easter B [Divine Mercy Sunday])

#45C Solemnities C Context (2nd Sunday of Easter C [Divine Mercy Sunday])

R. (1) Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.

I was hard pressed and was falling,
but the Lord helped me.
My strength and my courage is the Lord,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just:
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the Lord has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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Commentary on Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

Psalm 118 has been in regular use during the Easter season. It is a liturgical song of praise and victory. The messianic imagery is so strong that it has been used for the past three days, reflecting the joy of the Church in Eastertide. This litany of thanksgiving features the cornerstone image that, in addition to Acts 4:1-12, was also used in the Gospel of St. Mark (Mark 12:10) and the first epistle of St. Peter (1 Peter 2:7) and the following Old Testament references: Job 38:6Isaiah 28:16Jeremiah 51:26. On Divine Mercy Sunday we begin the selection appropriately with: “His mercy endures forever.

CCC: Ps 118:14 1808; Ps 118:22 587, 756; Ps 118:26 559
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Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29

#50B Solemnities B Context (4th Sunday of Easter B)

R. (22) The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.

I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his kindness endures forever.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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Commentary on Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29

This litany of thanksgiving features the cornerstone image that, in addition to the Acts selection above, was also used in the Gospel of St. Mark (Mark 12:10) and the first epistle of St. Peter (1 Peter 2:7) (there are 9 other references in the NAB footnotes as well).

CCC: Ps 118:22 587, 756; Ps 118:26 559
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Psalm 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a


#178 Weekday Years 1 & 2 Context (Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent)

R. (26a) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Open to me the gates of justice;
I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This gate is the LORD’s;
the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

O LORD, grant salvation!
O LORD, grant prosperity!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and he has given us light.
R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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Commentary on Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a

Psalm 118 is a song of thanksgiving.  In these strophes, praise is given to God who is our refuge and protection.  The heavenly city is envisioned with “gates of justice” into which the faithful enter to receive mercy and salvation from God. It was used as a processional psalm by pilgrims coming to Jerusalem, anticipating the great temple of their faith.

CCC: Ps 118:26 559
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Psalm 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a

#265 Weekday Years I & II Context (Friday in the Octave of Easter)

R. (22) The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
"His mercy endures forever."
Let those who fear the LORD say,
"His mercy endures forever."
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.

O LORD, grant salvation!
O LORD, grant prosperity!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and he has given us light.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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Commentary on Ps 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a

This litany of thanksgiving features the cornerstone image that, in addition to Acts 4:1-12, was also used in the Gospel of St. Mark (Mark 12:10), the first epistle of St. Peter (1 Peter 2:7), and the following Old Testament references: Job 38:6; Isaiah 28:16; Jeremiah 51:26.

CCC: Ps 118:22 587, 756; Ps 118:26 559
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Psalm 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21

#266 Weekday Years I & II Context (Saturday in the Octave of Easter)

R. (21a) I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.

"The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
the right hand of the LORD has struck with power."
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.
Though the LORD has indeed chastised me,
yet he has not delivered me to death.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Open to me the gates of justice;
I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD;
the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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Commentary on Ps 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21

Psalm 118 is the great litany of thanksgiving. In this selection, it leads nicely into Mark 16:9-15 with: “I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me and have been my savior.” (v. 21) David gives thanks for the salvation that comes from the Lord.  Faith in God has led him from death to life.  The Lord is the “gate of justice” and he opens the way to eternal life.

CCC: Ps 118:14 1808
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Psalm 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28

#446 Weekday Year II Context (Thursday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time)

R. (1) Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

“The right hand of the Lord is exalted;
the right hand of the Lord has struck with power.”
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the Lord.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

You are my God, and I give thanks to you;
O my God, I extol you.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
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Commentary on Ps 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28

Psalm 118 is a song of thanksgiving emphasizing the fidelity of God. These strophes focus on God’s infinite mercy and his saving grace. All are invited to give thanks for his saving hand.

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Psalm 118:15ab-16, 19-20, 22-23, 27

#819 Ritual Mass (IX. For the Dedication of a Church or of an Altar, 2. Dedication of an Altar, 3)

R. (1) Give thanks for the Lord is good; his love is everlasting.

The joyful shout of victory
  in the tents of the just:
"The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
  the right hand of the LORD has struck with power."
R. Give thanks for the Lord is good; his love is everlasting.

Open to me the gates of justice;
  I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD;
  the just shall enter it.
R. Give thanks for the Lord is good; his love is everlasting.

The stone which the builders rejected
  has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
  it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. Give thanks for the Lord is good; his love is everlasting.

The LORD is God, and he has given us light.
Join in the procession with leafy boughs
  up to the horns of the altar.
R. Give thanks for the Lord is good; his love is everlasting.
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Commentary on Ps 118:15ab-16, 19-20, 22-23, 27

Taken as a whole, Psalm 18 is a thanksgiving liturgy.  This part of the  litany of thanksgiving features the cornerstone image that, in addition to Acts 4:1-12, was also used in the Gospel of St. Mark (Mark 12:10) and the first epistle of St. Peter (1 Peter 2:7) as well as numerous  other references (see NAB footnote).

CCC: Ps 118:22 587, 756
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Psalm 118:22-23,25-26, 28

#869 Mass for Various Needs (I. For the Holy Church, 10. For the Unity of Christians, 4.)

R. (22) The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

The stone which the builders rejected
  has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
  it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

O LORD, grant salvation!
  O LORD, grant prosperity!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
  we bless you from the house of the LORD.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
  or:
R. Alleluia.

You are my God, and I give thanks to you;
  O my God, I extol you.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
  or:
R. Alleluia.
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Commentary on Ps 118:22-23,25-26, 28

Taken as a whole, Psalm 18 is a thanksgiving liturgy.  This part of the  litany of thanksgiving features the cornerstone image that, in addition to Acts 4:1-12, was also used in the Gospel of St. Mark (Mark 12:10) and the first epistle of St. Peter (1 Peter 2:7) as well as numerous  other references. "The stone the builders rejected: a proverb: what is insignificant to human beings has become great through divine election. The “stone” may originally have meant the foundation stone or capstone of the Temple. The New Testament interpreted the verse as referring to the death and resurrection of Christ (Matthew 21:42Acts 4:11; cf. Isaiah 28:16 and Romans 9:331 Peter 2:7)."[1]

CCC: Ps 118:22 587, 756; Ps 118:26 559
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Psalm 118:5-7, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-21, 22-24

#971 Votive Mass (The Mystery of the Holy Cross, 5.)

R. (1) Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

In my straits 1 called upon the LORD;
  the LORD answered me and set me free.
The LORD is with me; I fear not;
  what can man do against me?
The LORD is with me to help me,
  and I shall look down upon my foes.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

All the nations encompassed me;
  in the name of the LORD I crushed them.
They encompassed me on every side;
  in the name of the LORD I crushed them.
They encompassed me like bees,
  they flared up like fire among thorns;
  in the name of the LORD I crushed them.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

I was hard pressed and was falling,
  but the LORD helped me.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
  and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
  in the tents of the just:
"The right hand of the LORD has struck with power."
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

"The right hand of the LORD I exalted;
  the right hand of the LORD has struck with power."
I shall not die, but live,
  and declare the works of the LORD.
Though the LORD has indeed chastised me,
  yet he has not delivered me to death.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

Open to me the gates of justice;
  I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD;
  the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
  and have been my savior.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.

The stone which the builders rejected
  has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
  it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
  let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
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Commentary on Ps 118:5-7, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-21, 22-24

Psalm 118 is the great litany of thanksgiving. Attributed to King David, he sings a song of thanks to the Lord for his great mercy and salvation.  All who love the Lord realize they fall short of perfect praise and endure what they think is chastisement as a result.  But, for the Christian, Jesus overcame sin and death as he was sacrificed upon the Holy Cross.

The last part of the  litany of thanksgiving features the cornerstone image that, in addition to Acts 4:1-12, was also used in the Gospel of St. Mark (Mark 12:10) and the first epistle of St. Peter (1 Peter 2:7) as well as numerous  other references. "The stone the builders rejected: a proverb: what is insignificant to human beings has become great through divine election. The “stone” may originally have meant the foundation stone or capstone of the Temple. The New Testament interpreted the verse as referring to the death and resurrection of Christ (Matthew 21:42Acts 4:11; cf. Isaiah 28:16 and Romans 9:331 Peter 2:7)."[1]

CCC: Ps 118:14 1808; Ps 118:22 587, 756
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Fin
[1]  See NAB footnote for Psalm 118:22

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