The Book of Psalms is the current topic of study in my parish. Earlier this year we delved into The Book of Revelation. The Book of Psalms class certainly is much lighter than Revelation, although I personally enjoyed the last class.
I thought I had no chance to participate in the study, since I am unavailable on Thursday mornings due to employment. But the priest who leads the study decided to offer the course both on Tuesday evenings and on Thursday mornings.
This course is more about prayer, and less about theology, than Revelation.
There are about eleven courses available from the source, and those in the last class voted on Psalms as the next topic. I did not vote since I thought I would be unavailable for class, but I would have preferred The Gospel of John, which I feel is the deepest theologically of the four Gospels.
Yes, Wizzley attracts mainly good people. Long may it continue.
I stopped commenting on one site [I did not write for it] during the pope's visit to the UK when one comment that expressed a wish to set the dogs on the pope was published.No longer did I access that site.
Frank, thanks for the scholarly addition. I respect your additions, especially here in the religion section of Wizzley.
One thing I have noticed in my articles, and so many more of yours, is that the people on Wizzley are respectful with respect to religion. On another site that I have stopped writing on one person was rude with an article about saints.
Derdriu, I have not completed the course. We are about half way there. So, picking a favorite is difficult. In fact, up to now we have concentrated on the history, and structure. We are about to embark of the different forms the psalms take.
Well written. It is worth saying that all 150 psalms are recited over the seven days of the week in the monastic hours of prayer. These hours are as follows:matins and lauds in the morning, terce, sext and none in the afternoon, vespers in the evening, compline at night. There was an eighth, prime,which was joined with lauds.
The three prayers from Luke's infancy account are also said. These are the Benedictus, by Zechariah, father of John the Baptist; the Magnificat, by Mary; and at compline the Nunc Dimmittis by Simeon. "At last all powerful master you give leave to your servant to go in peace, accoording to your promise, for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared for all nations, a light to enlighten the Gentiles and give glory to your people Israel, glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end Amen." Not only is this a night time prayer, but it is good to say over the dead. Years ago I said it over my father's body.
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Do you have a favorite psalm and a favorite, personal time for reading that or other psalms?