We continue with our posting of the Introduction to The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
"The Book of Psalms forms the counterpart of the Law (Torah) and the Prophets. In the latter God speaks to His people; in the Psalms, Israel--the original and the antitypical, i.e. the subject shadowed forth by or represented by Israel, i.e. man or the Church, speaks to God. Sumerians and Babylonians and Egyptians had poems that admired and described the Divine; but songs giving the reaction of man's heart to the supernatural, the Psalms, belong to the Hebrews alone. "
(Simon, O.S.M., Scripture Manual).
[To be continued]