THE FOURTEENTH KATHISMA

PSALM 101

A prayer of the poor man, when he was anxious, and poured out his supplication before the Lord.

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto Thee.
Turn not away Thy face from me; in the day when I am in trouble incline Thine ear unto me; in the day when I call unto Thee hear me speedily.

For my days are vanished like smoke, and my bones are consumed like wood for burning.
I am smitten like grass, and my heart is withered, for I forgat to eat my bread.
By reason of the voice of my groaning, my bone hath cleaved to my flesh.
I am become like a pelican of the wilderness; I am become like an owl within a ruined habitation.
I have watched, and am become as a sparrow that sitteth alone upon the house top.
Mine enemies reproached me all the day, and they that praised me are sworn against me.
For I have eaten ashes as it were bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, because of Thy wrath and Thine anger: For Thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.
My days have declined like a shadow, and I am withered like grass.
But Thou, O Lord, endurest for ever, and Thy remembrance from generation to generation.
Thou shalt arise, and have pity upon Zion; for it is time to pity her, yea, the time is come.
For Thy servants have taken pleasure in her stones, and they shall have pity upon the dust thereof.
And the heathen shall fear Thy name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth Thy glory.
For the Lord shall build up Zion, and He shall appear in His glory.
He hath regarded the prayer of the humble, and hath not despised their supplication.
Let this be written for a generation to come, and the people that shall be created shall praise the Lord.
For He hath looked out from His holy height; from heaven did the Lord beheld the earth, To hear the groaning of them that be fettered; to deliver the sons of the slain; To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem.
When the peoples are gathered together, and the kings, to serve the Lord.
He answered him in the way of his strength, Declare unto me the fewness of my days.

Take me not away in the midst of my days; Thy years are from generation to generation.
In the beginning, Lord, Thou hast laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Thy hands.
They shall perish, but Thou endurest; yea, all of them shall wax old as a garment, and as a vesture shalt Thou fold them, and they shall be changed.
But Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.
The sons of Thy servants shall dwell, and their seed shall be guided aright for ever.

PSALM 102

Of David.

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, Who healeth all thine infirmities, Who redeemeth thy life from corruption, Who crowneth thee with mercy and lovingkindness, Who satisfieth thy desire with good things; thy youth shall be renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executeth mercy and judgment for all that are wronged.
He made known His ways unto Moses, His will unto the sons of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and merciful, longsuffering and plenteous in mercy. He will not always be angry, neither will He keep His wrath for ever.
He hath not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so hath the Lord made His mercy to prevail over them that fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our iniquities from us.
Like as a father hath compassion upon his children, so hath the Lord compassion on them that fear Him. For He knoweth whereof we are made; He remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as the grass; as a flower of the field, so shall he flourish.
For when the wind hath passed over it, it shall be gone, and it will know the place thereof no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him.
And His righteousness upon sons of sons, upon such as keep His testament, and remember His commandments to do them.
The Lord hath prepared His throne in heaven, and His kingdom ruleth over all.
Bless the Lord, all ye His angels, mighty in strength, that perform His word, to hearken unto the voice of His words.
Bless ye the Lord, all ye His hosts, ye ministers of His that do His will.
Bless the Lord, all ye works of His, in every place of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


PSALM 103

Of David, when the earth was established.

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, Thou art become exceeding magnified.
Thou hast put on praise and majesty, Who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment, Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain; Who supporteth His chambers in the waters.
Who appointeth the clouds for His ascent; who walketh upon the wings of the wind.
Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flaming fire.

Who hath established the earth upon its sure foundation; it shall not be moved for ever and ever.
The deep like a garment is his mantle; the waters shall stand upon the mountains.
At Thy rebuke they shall flee; at the voice of Thy thunder they shall be afraid.
The mountains rise up, and the plains go down unto the place which Thou hast founded for them.
Thou hast set a bound that they shall not pass over, neither turn again to cover the earth.
He sendeth the springs into the valleys; the waters shall run among the mountains.
They shall give drink to all the beasts of the field; the wild asses shall wait to quench their thirst.
By them shall the fowls of the air make their habitation; they shall give voice from the midst of the rocks.
He watereth the mountains from His chambers; the earth shall be satisfied with the fruit of Thy works.
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and green herb for the service of men.
That he may bring forth bread out of the earth: and wine maketh glad the heart of man.
To make his face cheerful with oil: and bread strengtheneth man’s heart.
The trees of the plain shall be satisfied, the cedars of Lebanon which Thou hast planted.
There shall the sparrows make their nests; the house of the heron is chief among them.
The high mountains are a refuge for the harts, and so is the rock for the hares.
He hath made the moon for seasons; the sun knoweth his going down.
Thou appointedst darkness, and there was night, wherein all the beasts of the forest shall go abroad.
Young lions roaring after their prey, and seeking their meat from God.
The sun ariseth, and they are gathered together, and they shall lay them down in their dens.
But man shall go forth unto his work, and to his labour until the evening.
O Lord, how magnified are Thy works! In wisdom hast Thou made them all; the earth is filled with Thy creation.

So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, creatures small and great.
There go the ships, there this dragon, whom Thou hast made to play therein.
All things look unto Thee, that Thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
When Thou givest it them, they shall gather it; when Thou openest Thine hand, all things shall be filled with goodness.
When Thou turnest away Thy face, they shall be troubled; Thou shalt take away their breath, and they shall fail, and return to their dust.
Thou shalt send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created, and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let the glory of the Lord endure unto the ages; the Lord shall rejoice in His works.
He looketh upon the earth, and maketh it tremble; He toucheth the mountains, and they smoke.
I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live, I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
Let my words be pleasing unto Him; and I will be glad in the Lord.
O that sinners might be consumed out of the earth, and the workers of iniquity, so that they be no more. Bless thou the Lord, O my soul.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to thee, O God.
Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy;
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

PSALM 104

Alleluia.

O give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon His name; declare His deeds among the nations.
Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him; talk ye of all His wondrous works.
Glory ye in His holy name; let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
Seek the Lord, and be strengthened; seek His face at all times.
Remember His marvellous works that He hath done; His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.
O ye seed of Abraham His servant, ye sons of Jacob His chosen.
He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth.
He hath remembered His covenant for ever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations; Which He made with Abraham, and His oath unto Isaac.
And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant.
Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance.
When they were but few in number, very few, and sojourners therein.
And they went from one nation to another, and from one kingdom to another people.
He suffered no man to do them wrong; yea, He reproved kings for their sake; Saying, Touch not Mine anointed, and do My prophets no evil.
Moreover He called for a famine upon the land; He brake the whole staff of bread.
He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a slave.
Whose feet they humbled with fetters; his life was spent in irons, until his word came to pass.
The word of the Lord tried him; the king sent and loosed him, even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.
He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance; To instruct his princes as himself, and teach his elders wisdom.
Israel also came into Egypt, and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
And He increased His people greatly, and made them stronger than their enemies.
He turned their heart to hate His people, and to deal subtilly with His servants.
He sent Moses His servant, and Aaron whom He had chosen.

He established the words of His signs among them, and His wonders in the land of Ham.
He sent darkness, and made it dark; for they were embittered against His words.
He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.
Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the inner chambers of their kings.
He spake, and the dog fly came, and gnats in all their coasts. He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.
He smote their vines also and their fig trees, and brake all the trees of their coasts.
He spake, and the locust came, and the caterpiller, and that without number, And did eat up all the grass in their land, and devoured all the fruit of their land.
He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the first fruits of all their labour.
He brought them forth also with silver and gold, and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
Egypt was glad when they departed, for the fear of them fell upon them.
He spread a cloud for a covering for them, and fire to give them light in the night.
They asked, and the quail came; and He satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
He clave the rock, and the waters gushed out; the rivers ran in dry places.
For He remembered His holy promise, which He had spoken unto Abraham His servant.
And He brought forth His people with exultation, and His chosen with gladness.
And He gave them the lands of the heathen, and they inherited the labours of the peoples.
That they might observe His statutes, and diligently seek His law.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
O Lord, our Hope, glory to Thee.