The Importance of the Psalms in the Liturgy…

The official prayer of the Catholic Church is the Liturgy of the Hours, which consists of the recitation of the psalms, readings from Sacred Scripture, intercessions, and the Lord's Prayer. “Prayer directed to God must be linked with Christ, the Lord of all, the one mediator through whom alone we have access to God.” (General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours, hereafter, GILOH, 6) This link is best represented in the psalms. St. Augustine tells us that in various psalms, it is Christ himself who is the speaker, or voice of the psalm.

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