Praying the Psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours

I remember hearing at Mepkin Abbey that the Monks pray through the Psalms about once each month. I admit to being a bit obsessive so just spent a couple of hours figuring out how many Psalms they would pray this week and creating the table below which shows that they would pray at least parts of 53 Psalms in this one week. The yellow highlighting shows what I believe we will be praying Wednesday morning. There are some facts, trivia perhaps, in the notes to the right of and below the table.

And then there are the Canticles. More on those later.

And, by the way, the shortest Psalm is Psalm 117 which has only two verses. “Praise the Lord, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples! His mercy for us is strong; the faithfulness of the Lord is forever. Hallelujah!” If you want to memorize Psalms, this is a good one to begin with.

There is a diagram on this page explaining some variances in terminology used in The Liturgy of the Hours.

I’ll see you Wednesday morning at 06:55.

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