Thursday, April 17, 2014

Masterpost: The Seven Penitential Psalms





The Seven Penitential Psalms

The listing of the penitential psalms - Psalm 6, Psalm 31 (32), 37 (38), 50 (51), 101 (102), 129 (130) and 142 (143) - was firmed up by Cassiodorus, a sixth century contemporary of St Benedict.  You can find the full text of all of the set here.

The Penitential Psalms were traditionally prayed communally each day during Lent - indeed, Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) ordered them to be prayed at this time.

You can find them with the antiphon normally used in most missals, or in the Monastic Diurnal.

Introduction to the series

Psalm 6
Psalm 6 as a penitential psalm
Introduction to Psalm 6
Psalm 6 Pt 2: On God's anger (v1)
Psalm 6 pt 3: God the physician (v2)
Psalm 6 pt 4: In death no man remembers you (v3-5)
Psalm 6 pt 5: A baptism of tears (v6)
Psalm 6 pt 6: praying for our enemies (v7-10)

Psalm 31

Introduction to Psalm 31
Psalm 31 Pt 2: The grace of forgiveness (v1)
Psalm 31 Pt 3: Admitting our faults (v6)
Psalm 31 Pt 4: On being as stubborn as a mule (v11-12)

Psalm 37

Introduction to Psalm 37
Psalm 37 verse 6
Psalm 37 v14&15
Psalm 37 v18

Psalm 50

Introduction to Psalm 50
Psalm 50: verses 1-4
Psalm 50: verses 5-6
Psalm 50: verses 7-9
Psalm 50: verses 10-12
Psalm 50: verses 13-15
Psalm 50: verse 16
Psalm 50: verses 17-18
Psalm 50: verses 19-20

Psalm 101

Introduction to Psalm 101
Psalm 101 verses 1-3
Psalm 101 v7-8
Psalm 101 v12-14
Psalm 101 v 26-29

Psalm 129

Introduction to Psalm 129 as a penitential psalm pt 1
Intro to Psalm 129 Pt 2
Psalm 129: Hear my plea (verses 1-2)
Psalm 129: God's great mercy (v3-5a)
Psalm 129: The virtue of hope (v5b-6)
Psalm 129: The promise of redemption (v7-8)

Psalm 142

Introduction to Psalm 142 as a penitential psalm
Psalm 142: verses 1-4
Psalm 142 v5
Psalm 142: verses 6-7
Psalm 142: verses 8-9
Psalm 142 v10-12
Psalm 142 v13-14

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