Tag Archives: Psalms

Psalm 56 on Veterans Day

In the standard cycle of Psalms for every morning and evening of the month, the 11th day’s morning begins with Psalm 56.  Although this cycle of Psalm-praying was established centuries before the Great War, let alone the institution of Remembrance … Continue reading

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St Crispin’s Day: the Reversal of Fortunes

Who were Crispin and Crispinian (abbreviated from Wikipedia) Born to a noble Roman family in the 3rd century AD, Saints Crispin and Crispinian fled persecution for their faith, ending up at Soissons, where they preached to the Gauls whilst making shoes by night.  They earned enough by their … Continue reading

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Holy Communion in Psalm 78

This was my homily last night for Maundy Thursday. As you may know, there is a lot of poetry in the Bible.  Over the past century, poetry has taken quite a dive in public opinion; what was once considered a … Continue reading

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John Keble & the Protest of the Innocent

Today In History: Church Decline & Revival On 14 July 1833, John Keble preached a famous sermon that inspired a religious revival in England and spread to Anglican churches across the world.  That sermon was entitled “National Apostasy,” and it … Continue reading

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Praying Psalm 51 in Lent

Psalm 51 is probably the most famous of the penitential psalms.  Unsurprisingly, it has been set to one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written by a human being.  Traditionally it is sung (or just read and prayed) as … Continue reading

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Praying Psalm 38 in Lent

Have you ever felt guilty, and sorry for something that you did wrong?  Has the sting of your own sin ever pierced your heart?  This is an experience that can be tricky to handle.  Our culture generally encourages us to … Continue reading

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Praying Psalm 32 in Lent

When I first being introduced to the liturgical tradition of prayer (while serving as pianist at Roman Catholic Masses during college), something that struck me as strange was how much time the prayers spent telling God what He had already … Continue reading

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