Traditional Mass

Sunday, January 22, 2012



(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.)



"It is impossible fully to follow the Psalms through history: enough, perhaps, to say that Pope John VIII granted the request of Saints Cyril and Methodius that 

the Scriptures might be translated into the Slav tongue in the words of the 150th Psalm: 'Let all that hath breath praise the Lord'; that St. Patrick recited the whole Psalter every day, and is said to have gained a unique victory over the Druids (equipped with chariots) by his recitation of 'Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, But we will call upon the name of the Lord our God.' Ps. 19,8; that St. Columba could recite the Psalms by heart though he READ only the alphabet; and the exquisite story of his death is interwoven with that of his writing out the Psalter. 

[To be continued]