A Psalm of Thanksgiving
for Deliverance from Death
(ON PSALM 114)
HAVING ARRIVED so long in advance at these sacred precincts of the martyrs, you have persevered from midnight until this midday appeasing the God of the martyrs with hymns, while awaiting our arrival. The reward, therefore, is ready for you, who prefer honor for the martyrs and the worship of God to sleep and rest. But, if we must undertake a defense of ourselves because of our delay and, to a great extent, desertion of you, we shall tell the cause. It is, that, as we administer a church of God, equal in honor to this, which is separated by no short distance from you, we spent in it the earlier part of the day. Since the Lord has permitted me to perform the liturgy for them, while at the same time not altogether disappointing your love, return thanks with us to the Benefactor, who guides by His invisible power this visibly weak body of ours. In order that we may not be distressed at detaining you further, after discoursing briefly on that psalm which we found you singing on our arrival, and feeding your souls with the word of consolation according to the power that is ours, we shall dismiss all of you for the care of your bodies. Now, what was it that you were singing?
'I have loved,' he says, 'because the Lord will hear the voice