Monday, January 20, 2014

Psalms for this week and blog tidy up progress

Those of you have been following this blog for a while and have been waiting for me to get back to my series on the psalms of Vespers may have thought  I've been dragging my heels on getting started on the psalms of Wednesday.

I have.

And there is a reason for this, namely that I always find the psalms of Wednesday very uncomfortable, dealing, as I think they do, with man's betrayal of God and the consequences thereof.

But I do plan to get to it very very soon (viz next week).

This week

This week though, I thought I'd just complete my gap filling exercize by providing some introductory notes on those psalms of Prime of Monday and Tuesday that I haven't already covered (ie Psalms 1, 2, 8 and 9/1), so that as we go forward I'll have covered at least by way of introductory notes, all of the variable psalms of a particular day of the week in the Office.

I will then devote the next month or so to the psalms of Wednesday (mainly Vespers).

Getting ready for Lent!

Lent starts on March 5 this year, and I normally do a psalm series appropriate to the season, and plan to do so again this year.

In past years I've looked at the psalms of Holy Week Tenebrae and Psalm 118 (in honour of a possibly apocryphal letter of St Scholastica noting that one of her nuns was saying it daily as her Lenten penance) on this blog, and before that, the Penitential Psalms over at my Australia Incognita blog.

I'm thinking of looking at the Penitential Psalms here this year, with the aim of importing and updating my previous notes from Australia Incognita blog, as well as providing a more complete set of notes on individual psalms, as my previous series just picked out a few key verses from each one.

But another option would be to look at the Gradual Psalms (Psalm 119-133), the saying of which is another traditional Lenten penance.

So if you have a preference, do let me know!


  1. The Gradual Psalms and the Penitential Psalms are both on my list and I'd love to see an examination of either series.

  2. I'm all for the Gradual Psalms!