Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone accomplishes great wonders from all eternity.
V. Let the mountains received peace for the people, and the hills justice.
Ps. 71:18, V. 3The echo of Zechariah's canticle in the Gospel of St. Luke is heard. The first words of father of the forerunner of Christ after the birth of the Baptizer, a common phrase of praise, continues the ties between Jesus and John.
You have loved justice and hated iniquity.
V. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness.
Ps. 44:8This is a repeat of the Introit. The just one, the one who hates sin, is marked with a sign of favor from God.