"Today Our attention is directed to one of the most common of them (abuses), one of the most difficult to eradicate, and the existence of which is sometimes to be deplored in places where everything else is deserving of the highest praise; the beauty and sumptuousness of the temple, the splendor and the accurate performance of the ceremonies, the attendance of the clergy, the gravity and piety of the officiating ministers. Such is the abuse affecting sacred chant and music."- St. Pius X, Pope
Their vines are of the vineyard of Sodom, and of the suburbs of Gomorrah
When we are bombarded by news of books and murals and errant priests, bishops and cardinals teaching heresy, calling sin good and turning the Catholic faith upside down, it would be good to refer to this Canticle of Moses from the Book of Deuteronomy. No matter what they do, remember this: God will not be mocked.
Ant. The Lord will judge
Canticle of Moses * Deut 32:1-65
32:1 Hear, O ye heavens, the things I speak, * let the earth
give ear to the words of my mouth.
32:2 Let my doctrine gather as the rain, * let my speech
distill as the dew,
32:3 As a shower upon the herb, and as drops upon the grass.
* Because I will invoke the name of the Lord:
32:4 Give ye magnificence to our God. * The works of God are
perfect, and all his ways are judgments:
32:5 God is faithful and without any iniquity, he is just
and right. * They have sinned against him, and are none of his children in
32:6 They are a wicked and perverse generation. * Is this
the return thou makest to the Lord, O foolish and senseless people?
32:7 Is not he thy father, * that hath possessed thee, and
made thee, and created thee?
32:8 Remember the days of old, * think upon every
32:9 Ask thy father, and he will declare to thee: * thy elders
and they will tell thee.
32:10 When the Most High divided the nations: * when he
separated the sons of Adam,
32:11 He appointed the bounds of people * according to the
number of the children of Israel.
32:12 But the Lord’s portion is his people: * Jacob the lot
of his inheritance.
32:13 He found him in a desert land, * in a place of horror,
and of vast wilderness:
32:14 He led him about, and taught him: * and he kept him as
the apple of his eye.
32:15 As the eagle enticing her young to fly, * and hovering
32:16 He spread his wings, and hath taken him * and carried
him on his shoulders.
32:17 The Lord alone was his leader: * and there was no
strange god with him.
32:18 He set him upon high land: * that he might eat the
fruits of the fields,
32:19 That he might suck honey out of the rock, * and oil
out of the hardest stone,
32:20 Butter of the herd, and milk of the sheep * with the
fat of lambs, and of the rams of the breed of Basan:
32:21 And goats with the marrow of wheat, * and might drink
the purest blood of the grape.
32:22 The beloved grew fat, and kicked: * he grew fat, and
thick and gross,
32:23 He forsook God who made him, * and departed from God
32:24 They provoked him by strange gods, * and stirred him
up to anger, with their abominations.
32:25 They sacrificed to devils and not to God: * to gods
whom they knew not:
32:26 That were newly come up, * whom their fathers
32:27 Thou hast forsaken the God that beget * and hast
forgotten the Lord that created thee.
32:28 The Lord saw, and was moved to wrath: * because his
own sons and daughters provoked him.
32:29 And he said: I will hide my face from them, * and will
consider what their last end shall be:
32:30 For it is a perverse generation, * and unfaithful
32:31 They have provoked me with that which was no god, *
and have angered me with their vanities:
32:32 And I will provoke them with that which is no people,
* and will vex them with a foolish nation.
32:33 A fire is kindled in my wrath, * and shall burn even
to the lowest hell:
32:34 And shall devour the earth with her increase, * and
shall burn the foundations of the mountains.
32:35 I will heap evils upon them, * and will spend my
arrows among them.
32:36 They shall be consumed with famine, * and birds shall
devour them with a most bitter bite:
32:37 I will send the teeth of beasts upon them, * with the
fury of creatures that trail upon the ground, and of serpents.
32:38 Without, the sword shall lay them waste, and terror
within, * both the young man and the virgin, the sucking child with the man in
32:39 I said: Where are they? * I will make the memory of
them to cease from among men.
32:40 But for the wrath of the enemies * I have deferred it:
lest perhaps their enemies might be proud,
32:41 And should say: Our mighty hand, and not the Lord, *
hath done all these things.
32:42 They are a nation without counsel, and without wisdom
* O that they would be wise and would understand, and would provide for their
32:43 How should one pursue after a thousand, * and two
chase ten thousand?
32:44 Was it not, because their God had sold them, * and the
Lord had shut them up?
32:45 For our God is not as their gods: * our enemies
themselves are judges.
32:46 Their vines are of the vineyard of Sodom, * and of the
suburbs of Gomorrha:
32:47 Their grapes are grapes of gall, * and their clusters
32:48 Their wine is the gall of dragons, * and the venom of
asps, which is incurable.
32:49 Are not these things stored up with me, * and sealed
up in my treasures?
32:50 Revenge is mine, and I will repay them in due time, *
that their foot may slide:
32:51 The day of destruction is at hand, * and the time
makes haste to come.
32:52 The Lord will judge his people, * and will have mercy
on his servants:
32:53 He shall see that their hand is weakened, * and that
they who were shut up have also failed, and they that remained are consumed.
32:54 And he shall say: Where are their gods, * in whom they
32:55 Of whose victims they ate the fat, * and drank the
wine of their drink offerings:
32:56 Let them arise and help you, * and protect you in your
32:57 See ye that I alone am, * and there is no other God
32:58 I will kill and I will make to live: I will strike,
and I will heal, * and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
32:59 I will lift up my hand to heaven, * and I will say: I
live for ever.
32:60 If I shall whet my sword as the lightning, * and my
hand take hold on judgment:
32:61 I will render vengeance to my enemies, * and repay
them that hate me.
32:62 I will make my arrows drunk with blood, * and my sword
shall devour flesh,
32:63 Of the blood of the slain * and of the captivity, of
the bare head of the enemies.
32:64 Praise his people, ye nations, * for he will revenge
the blood of his servants:
32:65 And will render vengeance to their enemies, * and he
will be merciful to the land of his people.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
Ant. The Lord will judge * his servants, and will have mercy
on the people of his land.