Responding to The Psalms – May 2023

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

“There you look into the hearts of all the saints as into a beautiful garden, indeed as into heaven; and in that garden you see spring up lovely, bright, charming flowers, flowers of all sorts of beautiful and joyous thoughts about God and his mercy, Again, where do you find words expressing sorrow more deeply and picturing its misery and wretchedness more tellingly than the words that are contained in the psalms of lament? …. Again, wherever they speak of fear or hope, they use words that no painter could portray either fear or hope with equal force and no Cicero or orator could fashion them in like manner. And the very best thing is that they speak such words about God and to God …… “

Martin Luther Second Preface to the German Psalter [1528] [in Artur Weiser The Psalms SCM 1962[1986]

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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