Responding to The Psalms – April 2023

A project of the Spirituality Committee of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

A psalm is the work of angels, a heavenly institution, the spiritual incense. Oh! The wise invention of the teacher who contrived that while we were singing we should, at the same time, learn something useful; by this means too the teachings are in a certain way impressed more deeply on our minds… What, in fact can you not learn from the psalms? Can you not learn the grandeur of courage? The exactness of justice? The nobility of self-control? The perfection of prudence? A manner of penance? The measure of patience? … Therein is perfect theology, a prediction of the coming of Christ in the flesh … a hope of resurrection… an unveiling of mysteries; all things, as is in some great public treasury, are stored in the book of Psalms.

St Basil the Great. Exegetic Homilies 10 [1,2]

[quoted by Dianne Berbant CSA in O Lord Open my Lips – The Psalms in the Liturgy LTP 2017]

We have used the Sunday Responsorial psalm to offer a focus for reflection during the week ahead for yourself or share with others. You could note your own thoughts as a possible personal journal.


Excerpts from The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins.

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