Responding to The Psalms – November 2022

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

“In the Psalter you learn about yourself.  You find depicted in it all the movements of your soul, all its changes, its ups and downs, its failures and recoveries.  Moreover, whatever your particular need or trouble, from this same book you can select a form of words to fit it, so that you do not merely hear and then pass on, but learn the way to remedy your ill.  Prohibitions of evildoing are plentiful in Scripture, but only the Psalter tells you how to obey these orders and refrain from sin.

But the marvel with the Psalter is that, barring those prophecies about the Savior and some about the Gentiles, the reader takes all its words upon his lips as though they were his own, written for his special benefit, and takes them and recites them, not as though someone else were speaking or another person’s feelings being described, but as himself speaking of himself, offering the words to God as his own heart’s utterance, just as though he himself had made them up.” Saint Athanasius

We have used the Sunday Responsorial psalm to offer a focus for reflection during the week ahead for yourself or share with others.

There is space on each page for you to note your own thoughts as a possible personal journal.

Tuesday 1 November – Solemnity of All Saints

Sunday 6 November – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time  – Year C

Sunday 13 November – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time  – Year C

Sunday 20 November – Solemnity of Christ the King – Year C

Sunday 27 November – 1st Sunday of Advent – Year A