The Fifth Sunday in Lent: The chief cornerstone

From the morning psalm of the daily office: “The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.”

stone with crosses

Psalm 118
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; *
     his mercy endures for ever.
Let Israel now proclaim, *
     “His mercy endures for ever.”
Let the house of Aaron now proclaim, *
     “His mercy endures for ever.”
Let those who fear the LORD now proclaim, *
     “His mercy endures for ever.”
I called to the LORD in my distress; *
      the LORD answered by setting me free.
The LORD is at my side, therefore I will not fear; *
      what can anyone do to me?
The LORD is at my side to help me; *
      I will triumph over those who hate me.
It is better to rely on the LORD *
      than to put any trust in flesh.
It is better to rely on the LORD *
      than to put any trust in rulers.
All the ungodly encompass me; *
      in the Name of the LORD I will repel them.
They hem me in, they hem me in on every side; *
      in the name of the LORD I will repel them.
They swarm about me like bees;
they blaze like a fire of thorns; *
      in the name of the LORD I will repel them.
I was pressed so hard that I almost fell, *
      but the LORD came to my help.
The LORD is my strength and my song, *
      and he has become my salvation.
There is a sound of exultation and victory *
      in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the LORD has triumphed! *
      the right hand of the LORD is exalted!
      the right hand of the LORD has triumphed!”
I shall not die, but live, *
      and declare the works of the LORD.
The LORD has punished me sorely, *
      but he did not hand me over to death.
Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
      I will enter them;
      I will offer thanks to the LORD.
“This is the gate of the LORD; *
      he who is righteous may enter.”
I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
      and have become my salvation.
The same stone which the builders rejected *
      has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the LORD’S doing, *
      and it is marvelous in our eyes.
On this day the LORD has acted; *
      we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Hosanna, LORD, hosanna! *
      LORD, send us now success.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
      we bless you from the house of the LORD.
God is the LORD; he has shined upon us; *
      form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
“You are my God, and I will thank you; *
      you are my God, and I will exalt you.”
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; *
      his mercy endures for ever.

Let us pray.
Almighty God, may we ever rejoice with glad hearts as we behold your mighty deeds. Through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Photo: Ancient crosses in stone, found at Um er-Rasas, Jordan, by yours truly.

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