To you we owe our hymn of praise, O God of Zion.
To you our vows must be fulfilled, you who hear our prayers.
To you all flesh must come with its burden of wicked deeds.
We are overcome by our sins; only you can pardon them.
Happy the chosen ones you bring to dwell in your courts.
May they be filled with the good things of your house,
the blessings of your holy temple!
You answer us with awesome deeds of justice, O God our savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth and of far distant islands.

Psalm 65:2-6