May the Lord Answer you…
Contemplations on Psalm 19(20)
(First Psalm in Third Hour Prayer)
Translated Melbourne March 2006
By: His Holiness Pope Shenouda III
I was traveling to London in late January 1969 to solve a problem with one of the
servants, when I was a Bishop for Education.
And this Psalm traveled with me…
It was a source of contemplations for me in the plane, England, Cairo, and in
Germany when I passed through there on my return.
Then these contemplations were delivered in the Grand Cathedral over three
sessions, besides the main spiritual lecture.
This was on Friday 26 February, 5 March and 12 March 1969. After this, I
delivered Contemplations on Psalm 22(23) “The Lord is my Shepherd," the second
Psalm in the Third Hour.
Finally, God has allowed these contemplations to be published.
I place them before you, to be with you in your private prayers and while you
pray the Psalms of the Third Hour.
Pope Shenouda III
Psalm Nineteen “20"
May the Lord answer you
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
May He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion;
May He remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice.
May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.
We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the
Lord our God.