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PRAYING THE PSALMS
by William Michael, CLAA Director
May 8th, 2010
St. Jerome (347-420) was both a holy man and a master cal liberal arts and for that reason equipped to teach the Bible to the Church.  He is responsible for the translation of the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin, which we call the Vulgate.
 


The Liturgy of the Hours displeases many who are new to it because, as human beings, we don't like wandering in the dark.  It's not satisfying to recite psalms at random and we really can't meditate on them until we can shake this feeling of disorder.  We need to be conscious of the arrangement of the Psalter so that we may make it our own.

There are 150 Psalms in the Bible and all of them except for Psalms 58, 83 and 109 are included in the LOTH Psalter.  Psalm 119 has 176 verses, so it is broken into parts. There are psalms that relate to different times of day and they are recited at those times.  There are some psalms judged to be "more important" by the Church that are read more frequently in the schedule than the rest--these would be the first we should memorize!  The

Psalter in the LOTH is divided into four weeks, so we recite the entire book of Psalms (almost) every 4 weeks when we pray the LOTH consistently.  That's motivation enough to be consistent!

The following chart shows the normal schedule for reciting the Psalms in the LOTH.  By studying this chart, you can begin to see the patterns built into the Psalter.  Let's consider some of the points:

  • Psalms 4 and 134 are recited every Saturday at Night Prayer
  • Psalm 118 is recited every Sunday.
  • Psalms 23 and 76 are recited every other Sunday at Daytime prayer.
  • Psalm 110 is recited every Sunday at Evening Prayer.
  • Psalm 91 is recited every Sunday at Night Prayer.
  • Psalm 119 is read over the course of 4 weeks at Daytime Prayer.
  • Psalm 86 is read every Monday at Night Prayer.
  • Psalm 143 is read every Tuesday at Night Prayer.
  • Psalms 31 and 130 is read every Wednesday at Night Prayer.
  • Psalm 16 is read every Thursday at Night Prayer.
  • Psalm 51 is read every Friday at Morning Prayer.
  • Psalm 88 is read every Friday at Night Prayer.

Now, this weekly schedule is contained in each volume of your LOTH set, for it is the same throughout the year.  Take some time to flip through the psalter and see that the schedule below is the schedule of your preadings.

If you notice any other patterns, let me know!  I'm praying with you.

William Michael
wmichael@classicalliberalarts.com

 

Print Schedule

WEEK I WEEK II WEEK III WEEK IV
SUNDAY

Evening Prayer I 141:1-9
142
119:105-112
16
113
116:10-19
122
130
Night Prayer I 4
134
4
134
4
134
4
134
Office of Readings 1
2
3
104 145 24
66
Morning Prayer 63:2-9
149
118
150
93
148
118
150
Daytime Prayer 118 23
76
118 23
76
Evening Prayer II 110:1-5,7
114
110:1-5,7
115
110:1-5,7
111
110:1-5,7
112
Night Prayer 91 91 91 91
MONDAY
Office of Readings 6
9
31:1-17, 20-25 50 73
Morning Prayer 5:2-10, 12-13
29
42
19
84
96
90
135:1-12
Daytime Prayer 19
7
119:41-48
40:2-14, 17-18
119:89-96
71
119:129-136
82
120
Evening Prayer 11
15
45 123
124
136
Night Prayer 86 86 86 86
TUESDAY
Office of Readings 10
12
37 68 102
Morning Prayer 24
33
43
65
85
67
101
144:1-10
Daytime Prayer 119:1-8
13
14
53
54:1-6, 8-9
119:97-104
74
119:137-144
88
Evening Prayer 20
21:2-8, 14
49 125
131
137:1-6
138
Night Prayer 143:1-11 143:1-11 143:1-11 143:1-11
WEDNESDAY
Office of Readings 18:2-30 39
52
89:2-38 103
Morning Prayer 36
47
77
97
86
98
108
146
Daytime Prayer 119:9-16
17
119:57-64
55:2-15, 17-24
119:105-112
70
75
94
Evening Prayer 27 62
67
126
127
139:1-18, 23-24
Night Prayer 31:1-6
130
31:1-6
130
31:1-6
130
31:1-6
130
THURSDAY
Office of Readings 18:31-51 44 89:39-53
90
44
Morning Prayer 57
48
80
81
87
99
143:1-11
147:1-11
Daytime Prayer 119:17-24
25
119:65-72
56:2-7, 9-14
57
119:113-120
79:1-5, 8-11, 13
80
119:153-160
128
129
Evening Prayer 30
32
72 132 144
Night Prayer 16 16 16 16
FRIDAY
Office of Readings 35:1-28 38 69:2-22, 30-37 78:1-39
Morning Prayer 51
100
51
147
51
100
51
147:12-20
Daytime Prayer 119:25-32
26
28:1-3, 6-9
119:73-80
59:2-5, 10-11, 17-18
60
22 119:161-168
133
140:1-9, 13-14
Evening Prayer 41
46
116:1-9
121
135 145
Night Prayer 88 88 88 88
SATURDAY
Office of Readings 105 106 107 78:40-72
Morning Prayer 119:145-152
117
92
8
119:145-152
117
92
8
Daytime Prayer 119:33-40
34
119:81-88
61
64
119:121-128
34
119:169-176
45
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