December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Hallelujah! 1 Praise, you servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
- Blessed be the name of the LORD both now and forever.
- From the rising of the sun to its setting let the name of the LORD be praised.
- High above all nations is the LORD; above the heavens God's glory.
- Who is like the LORD, our God enthroned on high,
- looking down on heaven and earth?
- The LORD raises the needy from the dust, lifts the poor from the ash heap,
- Seats them with princes, the princes of the people,
- Gives the childless wife a home, the joyful mother of children. Hallelujah!
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1 [Psalm 113] A hymn exhorting the congregation to praise God's name, i.e., the way in which God is present in the world; the name is mentioned three times in Psalm 113:1-3. The divine name is especially honored in the temple (Psalm 113:1) but its recognition is not limited by time (Psalm 113:2) and space (Psalm 113:3), for God is everywhere active (Psalm 113:4-5) especially in rescuing the lowly faithful (Psalm 113:7-9).
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