Traditional Mass

Friday, November 18, 2011


(The translation of the Psalms and the brief introductory comments on the Psalms of this Little Office of the Blessed Virgin are taken largly from: The Psalms and Canticles by George O'Neill, S.J. [Bruce Publishing Co. 1937.] The late Father O'Neill's work has long been out of print.)


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Perpetually in use as the great ritual and devotional hymns of the people of God under the Old Law, the Psalms were most familiar to our Divine Lord. They were dear to His Sacred Heart, and on the Cross itself the divine lips prayed in the opening words of the greatest of all the Psalms prophetic of His Sacred Passion. St. Augustine says explicitly that on Golgotha our Lord recited the Psalm that begins with these words: "O God, my God, look upon me! Why hast thou forsaken me?" (Psalm 21, 2). [Psalm 22, 2].
[To be continued]

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