Introit of Saint Lucy

Psalm 118:95-96

Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Ps. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Glory be to the Father.


Verse 95. Understand. Or “shall understand.” I am already able to encounter my enemies. Phil. ii. 15. C.

Verse 96. Perfection, of a worldly nature. H. — All have their limits. But God’s law bindeth for ever, as the rewards and punishments are eternal. W. — Broad. Charity, which extends both to God and our neighbour. S. Aug. — The law is above my comprehension, though I am able to discern its superiority over all created things. Some understand Jesus Christ, the end of the law; or martyrdom, the height of charity; or extreme distress, by the word perfection. Bert. — Lit. “consummation.” H. — I have been exposed to the greatest misery: but thy law has set me at large. Soph. i. 18. C.

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