The Psalms






How important are Psalms in worship?

According to …

The early Christians, following Jewish tradition, prayed the psalms daily. St. Benedict, in the early 6th Century, explained in his Holy Rule how his monks were to daily pray the psalms. Benedictine monks have continued this practice to the present day.

Many lay people, especially Benedictine Oblates, make the psalms a part of their daily prayers. Pray the psalms at Lauds (morning prayer) at 6:45 am; Day Prayer at the beginning of midday Mass; Vespers (evening prayer), sung at 5:00 pm; and Vigils (prayer preparing for the following day) at 7:30 pm.

The psalms and canticles (other songs from the Bible), and accompanying prayers change according to the season and the day.

Lauds (morning prayer) begins with an Invitatory which is a formal invitation to prayer.

Each psalm and canticle begins and ends with an Antiphon (abbreviated ANT) which is a theme taken from the psalm for reflection.

According to Wikipedia about Psalms …

The Psalms in Christian worship

New Testament references show that the earliest Christians used the Psalms in worship, and the Psalms have remained an important part of worship in most Christian Churches. The Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran and Anglican Churches have always made systematic use of the Psalms, with a cycle for the recitation of all or most of them over the course of one or more weeks. In the early centuries of the Church, it was expected that any candidate for bishop would be able to recite the entire Psalter from memory, something they often learned automatically during their time as monks.

Each day, the Daily Psalm is posted on our Daily Psalm Page. Come, read, and worship.

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