Book of Psalms

A Judeo-Christian response to God’s presence in our lives, Psalms have held, for 3,000 years, a primary place in both Jewish and Christian private prayer and group liturgy, for instance in today’s Responsorial Psalm immediately following our first Reading at Mass.

scripture Jesus prayed the psalms; they contain the whole story of God’s plan of salvation for us. Many of our familiar hymns are based on a psalm. They embody the prayers of the Church: sacramentally, liturgically, and personally.

We are resuming our in-person Bible class in January with a study of the Book of Psalms. Join us as we discover the many emotions and situations found in these divine prayers. Hallelujah! We will explore their beauty, their specialness to Jesus, their background and their individual purposes for our own daily prayer and supplication.

Much or even most of the material in this course will be additional to previous studies of Psalms that I have conducted. This is to provide an advanced understanding of these beautiful prayers, and to reveal the intricacies that the original psalmist built in as praise to our God and Creator.

Class Materials

  • Download the eBook Psalms as Personal Prayer, which is available from either Apple iTunes or Kindle Reader (see below). This translation will be our text for the class.
  • Bring your tablet/iPad, smartphone, or laptop with the eBook downloaded. Unfamiliar with eBooks? Assistance will be provided in class.

Meeting

Education Building, St. Christopher Parish
Monday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., or
Wednesday mornings after Mass (9:30 – 11:00 a.m.)

Course Calendar*

Week of Discussion Downloads
January 8Bible Discussion Q&AeBook on Apple iTunes
eBook for Kindle Reader
January 15Introduction to the Psalms1, 23, 119
January 22Structure of the Book of PsalmsStructure of Psalms 
January 29Royal (Messianic) Psalms2, 18, 20, 21, 101
February 5Royal (Messianic) Psalms45, 72, 110, 132, 144
February 12Penitential Psalms32, 38, 51, 130, 143
February 19Lamentation Psalms3-4, 7, 13, 17, 35, 40
February 26Lamentation Psalms
10:00, After Parish Mission/Mass
42/43, 55-56, 61, 64, 69-71
March 4Lamentation Psalms77, 86, 88-89, 102
March 11Lamentation Psalms22, 109, 120, 140-42
March 18Egyptian Psalter113-118
March 25Holy Week: NO Classes
April 1Gradual Psalms: Songs of Ascent120-134
April 8Thanksgiving Psalms11, 16, 23, 30, 34, 41
April 15Thanksgiving Psalms62, 65-68, 75, 92
April 22Wisdom Psalms14/53, 15, 24, 36-37, 40, 49-50
April 29Wisdom Psalms52, 62, 91, 112, 127-28, 133, 139
May 6Torah Psalms19, 119
May 13Psalms of Supplication5, 25, 26, 28, 31, 54, 57-59, 61
May 20Specific/Unique Types6, 8, 11, 27, 39, 58, 71, 73, 102
May 27Psalms of Praise8-9, 29, 33, 46-48, 63
June 3Psalms of Praise93, 95-100, 111
June 10Psalms of Praise135-36, 145-50

* Dates / topics subject to adjustment.