The Passion of the Lord at Vespers
Devotional Offices dedicated to the Passion or to the Blessed Virgin have their roots in the Liber Precum (Book of Prayers) of the monastic tradition. Until the thirteenth century such Offices were recited in connection with the Liturgy of the Hours. At the time of Francis, however, these more devotional offices became increasingly independent and were seen as private prayers. Although it is difficult to date its composition, Francis’s Office of the Passion seems to have been composed at different times, a theory confirmed by his use of both the Gallican and Roman Psalters.
This is a Psalm that our most holy Father Francis compose in reverence, memory and praise of the Passion of the Lord at Vespers.
Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary
All you nations clap your hands
shout to God with a voice of gladness.
For the Lord, the Most High,
the Awesome, is the Great King over all the earth.
For the Most Holy Father of heaven, our King before all ages
sent His Beloved Son from on high
and has brought salvation in the midst of the earth.
Let the heavens rejoice and the earth exult
let the sea and all that is in it be moved
let the fields and all that is in them be glad.
Sing a new song to Him
Sing to the Lord all the earth.
Because the Lord is great and highly to be praised
awesome beyond all gods.
Give to the Lord, you families of nations,
Give to the Lord glory and honor
Give to the Lord the glory due His name.
Take up your bodies and carry His holy cross
and follow His most holy commands even to the end.
Let the whole earth tremble before His face
tell among the nations that the Lord has ruled from a tree.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the most holy Father in heaven
O God, be exalted above the heavens
and above all the earth be your glory.
We know that He is coming
that He will come to judge justice.