Traditional Mass

Saturday, June 02, 2012


We continue with our posting of the Introduction to The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary:


(The translation of the Psalms and the brief introductory comments on the Psalms of this Little Office of the Blessed Virgin are taken largely 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.)




"The basic note of the Psalter is a desire of oneness with God, of conformity to His decreed order of the universe. The various states of the human soul relative to this oneness with the Divine afford the most diversified themes for the Psalms. The highest of these is the state of mystical union, to which Ps. 44: 'A noble song wells forth from my heart,' perhaps corresponds. Lagrange holds that Psalm 72 marks the highest point of piety in the Old Testament with its concluding words: 'What have I in heaven? and besides Thee what do I desire upon earth?' . . . 'But it is good for me to adhere to my God, to put my hope in the Lord God.' "
(Simon, O.S.M., Scripture Manual).

[To be continued]