Introit of Monday of the First Week of Lent

Psalm 122:2,1

As the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters, so are our eyes on the Lord, our God, till He have mercy on us. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. Ps. To Thee I lift up mine eyes, Who art enthroned in heaven. Glory be to the Father.


Verse 2. Masters. Expecting liberty, or rather food; though it may also imply that they are ready to run at the first sign, which they observe with attention. Thus Menelaus had his eyes on Agamemnon. Homer. C. — As servants, and particularly handmaids, are very attentive, and hope to receive sustenance, so we ought to pray with all earnestness to God for what is necessary. W. — All must come from Him. — Until. Or “waiting for his having mercy on us.” We shall not cease to look up to Him afterwards. Bert. — “Take care not to turn thine eyes away from mine.” Terent. Adelph. ii. 1.

Verse 1. Canticle. Heb. adds, “of David.” H. — Syriac also attributes to him, though Zorobabel, &c. might recite it at their return. It may also refer to the captives groaning under oppression, (C.) and to every Christian, who must live in expectation of a better country. S. Aug. Berthier. T. viii.

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