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!
Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me! You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.
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.
O Lord, do not rebuke me in your wrath, nor chasten me in your hot displeasure! I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. In you, O Lord, do I hope; you will hear, O Lord my God.
With you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Continue your mercy to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright in heart.
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.