Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 18: In What Order the Psalms Are to Be Said, October 24, 2016

February 23, June 24, October 24
 
Chapter 18: In What Order the Psalms Are to Be Said
 
Vespers are to be sung with four Psalms every day.
These shall begin with Psalm 109 and go on to Psalm 147,
omitting those which are set apart for other Hours;
that is to say that
with the exception of Psalms 117 to 127 and Psalms 133 and 142,
all the rest of these are to be said at Vespers.
And since there are three Psalms too few,
let the longer ones of the above number be divided,
namely Psalms 138, 143 and 144.
But let Psalm 116 because of its brevity be joined to Psalm 115.
 
The order of the Vesper Psalms being thus settled,
let the rest of the Hour —
lesson, responsory, hymn, verse and canticle —
be carried out as we prescribed above.
 
At Compline the same Psalms are to be repeated every day,
namely Psalms 4, 90 and 133.

Some thoughts
 
To be honest, I don’t have any today. What can I say about this chapter that I haven’t already said?
 
Benedict wants his monastics to pray, study the Scriptures, read the teachings of other Christians. Granted, he envisioned this as a way of life for those within a monastic community. No reason, though, why we outside the monastery should not follow this example.


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