Responding to The Psalms – June 2024


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

“The Psalms, all 150 of them, make up the great prayer-book that lies at the heart of the Bible. These inspired prayers have been the daily lifeblood of both Jews and Christians from time immemorial. The Psalms are among the oldest poems, hymns and prayers in the world, and have been the daily lifeblood of both Jews and Christians from time immemorial. They are full of power and passion, horrendous misery, unrestrained jubilation, tender sensitivity and full of hope. Inspired by the Holy Spirit of God they are deeply human and seem to have a way of leading us to Jesus Christ, the most human one of all.

The Psalms touch on the central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, revenge, beauty, despair, envy, honour, weakness, striving, suffering, mercy, virtue. Regular exposure in prayer to these ancient and beautiful human emotions change the way we understand the deepest elements of who we are. The experience is like looking at life – the world, the seasons, time itself, ourselves, others and God – as through different spectacles. There’s a power in the psalms that draw humans to them.  

The psalms are extraordinary poems, hymns, prayers…. The Spirit of God breathes through them and through those who pray or sing them. Jesus listened to them in the synagogue, learned them and perhaps even sang them. We know from the Gospels that many psalm verses came trippingly off his tongue as he walked the roads of Galilee and Judea with his followers, perhaps all singing them together!”

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We offer the Sunday Responsorial Psalm as a focus for prayer and reflection during the week ahead

for yourself or to 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.

Sunday 2 June 2024 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Sunday 9 June 2024 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 16 June 2024 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 23 June 2024 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 30 June 2024 Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles