Canisius | 06 December, 2007 09:13
The last prayer of the entry for St. Nicholas day is taken from the Mozarabic breviary (I,355). I do not have time at the moment to offer a fresh translation, but I did want to note that the prayer adapts the words of Psalm 54 (in the Vulgate numbering) to an Advent setting.
Here are the first few verses of Psalm 54, with the parallel phrases italicized:
Hear, O God, my prayer, and despise not my supplication: be attentive to me and hear me. I am grieved in my exercise; and am troubled, at the voice of the enemy, and at the tribulation of the sinner. For they have cast iniquities upon me: and in wrath they were troublesome to me. My heart is troubled within me: and the fear of death is fallen upon me. Fear and trembling are come upon me: and darkness hath covered me. And I said: Who will give me wings like a dove, and I will fly and be at rest? Lo, I have separated far off flying away; and I abode in the wilderness.
And here is the prayer from the Mozarabic breviary:
Despise not our prayers, O Lord: look down upon us and mercifully hear us: that we who are in trouble and cast down at the voice of our enemy, may be comforted by the most sacred coming of thine only begotten Son. And, given wings by faith, like a dove, may we take our flight to the things that are above. Separate us, O Lord, from the wicked world, and keep us from the snare of the enemy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.