Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Optina Hermitage - Psalm VI (Slavonic)
Psalm VI (Douay Rheims)
Domine, ne in furore. A prayer of a penitent sinner, under the scourge of God. The first penitential psalm.
Unto the end, in verses, a psalm for David, for the octave.
(For the octave: Blessed Augustine understands it mystically, of the last resurrection, and the world to come; which is, as it were, the octave, or eighth day, after the seven days of this mortal life: and for this octave, sinners must dispose themselves, like David, by bewailing their sins, whilst they are here upon earth.)
 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy indignation, nor chastise me in thy wrath.  Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak: heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.  And my soul is troubled exceedingly: but thou, O Lord, how long?  Turn to me, O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me for thy mercy's sake.
 For there is no one in death, that is mindful of thee: and who shall confess to thee in hell?  I have laboured in my groanings, every night I will wash my bed: I will water my couch with my tears.  My eye is troubled through indignation: I have grown old amongst all my enemies.  Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity: for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.  The Lord hath heard my supplication: the Lord hath received my prayer.
 Let all my enemies be ashamed, and be very much troubled: let them be turned back, and be ashamed very speedily.