The Seven Penitential Psalms set forth the meaning of the season of Lent which invites us to ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness. Psalm 130, the De Profundis, has been set to music by many composers. Marc-Antoine Charpentier, who lived in the 17th century, wrote this version.
A song of ascents.
Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord!
Lord, hear my voice!
Let thy ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
If thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with thee,
that thou mayest be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plenteous redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.