Friday, September 4, 2009

What's Your Favourite Psalm?

I love the Psalms. One thing I have never understood is that, given that priests pray the Psalms in the Office daily, why do they refer to them so rarely in their preaching and counsel? The Psalms ought inform our Christian life and speech and writing - and, above all, our prayer.

What is your favourite Psalm, gentle reader?


Fraser Pearce said...

139 is up there. I have a soft spot for imprecation. I still don't understand why the imprecations were cut out of the modern Office. Was Marcion in charge?

Also: 121; 32; 34; 51; 73; 150; 117; 1, 2...

Well, you get the idea.

Joshua said...

Because in the Office (pre- and post-Conciliar) the Vulgate numbering of the Psalms is adhered to, I assume you mean Pss 138, 120, 31, 33, 50, 72, 150, 116, 1, 2, etc.!

BTW, I know the Psalms in English in the Grail Version, since that's the one used in the English Divine Office; but nowadays I read them in the Vulgate Latin...

I like the Anglican habit of still using the Latin incipits even when referring to the Psalms - your choices therefore are:

139 (138) Domine probasti me et cognovisti me
121 (120) Levavi oculos meos in montes
32 (31) Beati quorum remissæ sunt iniquitates
34 (33) Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore
51 (50) Miserere mei Deus
73 (72) Quam bonus Israel Deus
150 Laudate Dominum in sanctis ejus
117 Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
1 Beatus vir qui non abiit
2 Quare fremuerunt gentes