Over at dotCommonweal, I just posted a two-part reflection on praying with the psalms. In it I shared some thoughts from two authors whose insights I find stimulating and helpful to understanding: Pius Parsch, and André Chouraqui. These are older works, not easily available, so I’ve quoted from them at some length.
You are welcome to join the conversation there, of course. The questions I have for Pray Tell readers however are different and more specific:
- How do you pray with the psalms?
- What are the challenges, struggles, blessings and rewards of praying with the Psalter, as you’ve experienced it?
- What psalms do you know by heart, and how did you learn them?
- Do you teach psalms to children?
In the dotCommonweal posts I did not really broach the topic of music in praying with the psalms.
- How important do you find this aspect of the psalms (psalms as song)? Essential? A nice extra? Superfluous?
Our discussion need not be limited to the Liturgy of the Hours, although obviously that is a premier vehicle for praying the Psalms for Catholics. Other venues are fine too. For example, in my house we pray bits of the psalms as grace before meals.