Saturday in the Third Week of Lent: For his mercy endures forever

From the evening psalm in the daily office: “Who divided the Red Sea in two, for his mercy endures for ever.”

CHAGALL PARTING OF THE RED SEA

Psalm 136
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
     for his mercy endures for ever.
Give thanks to the God of gods, *
     for his mercy endures for ever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords, *
     for his mercy endures for ever.
Who only does great wonders, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
Who by wisdom made the heavens, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
Who spread out the earth upon the waters, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
Who created great lights, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
The sun to rule the day, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
The moon and the stars to govern the night, *
     for his mercy endures for ever.
Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
And brought out Israel from among them, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
Who divided the Red Sea in two, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
Who led his people through the wilderness, *
     for his mercy endures for ever.
Who struck down great kings, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
And slew mighty kings, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
Sihon, king of the Amorites, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
And Og, the king of Bashan, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
And gave away their lands for an inheritance, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
An inheritance for Israel his servant, *
     for his mercy endures for ever.
Who remembered us in our low estate, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
And delivered us from our enemies, *
     for his mercy endures for ever;
Who gives food to all creatures, *
     for his mercy endures for ever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven, *
     for his mercy endures for ever.

Let us pray.
Fill our hearts with gratitude, Almighty God, for all the wonders that you have done for us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Painting: Parting of the Red Sea by Marc Chagall.

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