You brought me into life as if into an enchanted paradise. We have seen the sky like a chalice of deepest blue, and listened to the soothing murmur of the forest and melodious music of the streams. It is a pleasure to be your guest. Glory to You, O God, from age to age!
O God, you are and you have been forever. You have shone forth from a Virgin: have mercy on us!
Light of light, brightness of the Father, you have made the whole creation shine with joy. Every breath praises you, the image of the glory of the Father!
Lord my God, I sing you a Nativity hymn, rejoicing in the vigil of the feast. By your birth you have given me divine rebirth, raising me up to my first excellence.
Vindicate me, Lord my God, according to your righteousness; and let not my enemies rejoice over me. Rescue me from their destruction, my precious life from the lions. Say to my soul: “I am your salvation.”
You, O Lord, are my hiding place. You shall preserve me from trouble. You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we place our hope in you. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise befits the upright.
Into your hand I commit my spirit. I will be glad and rejoice in your mercy, for you have considered my trouble; you have known my soul in adversities.
In you, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed. Bow down your ear to me, deliver me speedily; be my Rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me.
Sing praise to the Lord, you his saints, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holy name. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.