Sunday, October 27, 2013

In the Lord's presence - a psalm and a prayer

Psalm 84 Quam dilecta

1. O how amiable are thy dwellings : thou Lord of hosts!
2. My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord : my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
3. Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young : even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
4. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house : they will be alway praising thee.
5. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee : in whose heart are thy ways.
6. Who going through the vale of misery use it for a well : and the pools are filled with water.
7. They will go from strength to strength : and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion.
8. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer : hearken, O God of Jacob.
9. Behold, O God our defender : and look upon the face of thine Anointed.
10. For one day in thy courts : is better than a thousand.
11. I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God : than to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
12. For the Lord God is a light and defence : the Lord will give grace and worship, and no good thing shall he withhold from them that live a godly life.
13. O Lord God of hosts : blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.

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Enthroned at your Father’s right hand, 
yet truly present in this Blessed Sacrament; 
we pray you, risen Lord, 
whose power sustains all things, 
whose beauty makes all things fair, 
and whose triumph seals all things 
with the hope of renewal: 
come to us in our receiving 
of your Body and Blood, 
and in your coming raise us up 
to seek the things which are above - 
and above all, your love 
which is above all understanding. Amen.

- Brian Moore (adapted)

Here is Exeter Cathedral Choir singing Psalm 84 to Parry's well-known chant.

And here is "Lord I need you", led by Matt Maher 
in adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament 
at World Youth Day 2013


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