Traditional Mass

Monday, November 28, 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.)

Scroll of the Psalms

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"The Psalms," says St. Augustine, "are a compendium of what is best in the Old Testament and a prophetic index of what is sublimest in the New. They are a common treasury of excellent devotion, well suited to supply everyone with what he needs. The Holy Spirit, breathing through the composition of the Psalms, and through the Synagogue transmitting them to the Church teaches and helps us to honor, praise, and invoke our Creator; not merely by precepts and examples, as in other sacred books, but by putting, so to speak, upon our lips, the very words of acceptable prayer." Thus He truly "helps our weakness; for we do not know what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself pleads for us." (Rom. 8: 26). (O'Neill, S. J., Psalms and Canticles).


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