Psalm 29.  Exaltabo te, Domine

Thanksgiving prayer

In the name of the Church we give thanks for all the conquests in the kingdom of God.  At the same time we hear a fundamental law of the kingdom:  "Heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

Thanksgiving for protection (in peril, sickness, death)

Exaltábo te, Dómine, quóniam suscepísti me: * nec delectásti inimícos meos super me.
2  Dómine, Deus meus, clamávi ad te, * et sanásti me.

3  Dómine, eduxísti ab inférno ánimam meam: * salvásti me a descendéntibus in lacum.

I will magnify thee, O Lord, for thou hast set me up, * and not made my foes to triumph over me.
2  O Lord my God, I cried unto thee; * and thou hast healed me.
3  Thou, Lord, hast brought my soul out of hell: * thou hast saved me from them that go down to the pit.

God's mercy

4  Psállite Dómino, sancti ejus: * et confitémini memóriæ sanctitátis ejus.
5  Quóniam ira in indignatióne ejus: * et vita in voluntáte ejus.

6  Ad vésperum demorábitur fletus: * et ad matutínum lætítia.

4  Sing praises unto the Lord, O ye saints of his : and give thanks to the memory of his holiness.
5  For wrath is in his indignation : * and life in his good will.
Weeping may endure for a night, * but with the morning cometh joy..

Human pride

7  Ego autem dixi in abundántia mea: * Non movébor in ætérnum.
8  Dómine, in voluntáte tua, * præstitísti decóri meo virtútem.

9 Avertísti fáciem tuam a me, * et factus sum conturbátus.

7  And in my prosperity I said, * I shall never be removed.
8  Thou, Lord, in thy favour * gavest strength to my beauty.
9  Thou didst turn thy face from me, * and I was troubled.

Punishment and plea

10  Ad te, Dómine, clamábo: * et ad Deum meum deprecábor.
11  Quæ utílitas in sánguine meo, * dum descéndo in corruptiónem?
12  Numquid confitébitur tibi pulvis, * aut annuntiábit veritátem tuam?

10  Unto thee, O Lord, will I cry; * and gat me to my Lord right humbly.
11  What profit is there in my blood, * when I go down to corruption?
12  Shall the dust give thanks unto thee? * or shall it declare thy truth?

Renewed mercy

13  Audívit Dóminus, et misértus est mei: * Dóminus factus est adjútor meus.
14  Convertísti planctum meum in gáudium mihi: * conscidísti saccum meum, et circumdedísti me lætítia:

15  Ut cantet tibi glória mea, et non compúngar: * Dómine, Deus meus, in ætérnum confitébor tibi.

13  The Lord hath heard, and was merciful unto me; * the Lord became my helper.
14 Thou hast turned my mourning into joy; * thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness :
15  To the end that my glory shall sing unto thee : * O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.