Skip to comments.St. John Fisher on Why Christians Should Frequently Pray the Seven Penitential Psalms [Ecumenical]
Posted on 03/11/2014 11:28:31 AM PDT by Pyro7480
"...All we Christian people are indeed duty-bound to give great and undying thanks to the holy prophet David, who so diligently left us in writing his most devout psalms for us and our posterity to read. And he did so, it seems to me, chiefly for three reasons: first, that the minds of sinners might be raised up and excited by these holy psalms...secondly, that if any man or woman had fallen into great and abominable sins, they should not despair but put their entire and steadfast hope of forgiveness in God; thirdly, that they might use these holy psalms as letters of supplication and efficacious prayers to obtain the remission and forgiveness of sins from almighty God...."
"...Therefore, knowing the virtue and efficacy of these holy psalms, let us use them in our similar business and never doubt to have forgiveness, provided we do it as lovingly as he did in his time. In truth, every prayer offered up from a penitent heart is acceptable to our most good and merciful Lord God, but that prayer is above all others acceptable to [Him] which is approved by Holy Church, which is made by a man of marvellous and known holiness, and which asks first for forgiveness of sins, strength of soul to withstand sin, and continuance of virtue, something nobly done in the Psalms of David, especially in the seven penitential psalms, which we have take upon ourselves to interpret. Therefore, let us gladly and lovingly desire them and offer them up often to almighty God, meekly asking [Him] to forgive our sins, which we have discourteously committed and done against [His] goodness...."
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I read the Miserere to my RCIA class last night.
The Psalm from both Ash Wednesday and this past Sunday.
Psalm 51, on the occasion of David’s repentance for his murder of Uriah the Hittite.
I think the duty-bound great and undying thanks goes to our Lord God who through the Holy Spirit inspired David to write these psalms. David experienced the great mercy and grace of the Almighty through his own failings and sufferings and they were written so that we can experience the SAME kind of mercy and grace no matter what trouble we might find ourselves in. What was true for King David is also true for ALL of us.
These seven psalms, 6, 31, 37, 50, 101, 129, and 142 (Vulgate numbering)
Wonderful and timely. Thank you for the ping.