One of the most widely-read books of the Old Testament, the Book of Psalms, consists of one hundred-fifty songs and prayers. David, King of Israel, is most often associated with the Psalms. His prayer reflects the struggles of a very flawed servant of God, chosen by God, to lead his people.
The Psalms are so popular because they express the human condition shared by all: strength and weakness, triumph and tragedy. Both poetry and prayer, they address the entire range of human existence with profound insight and offer a rich source of conversation with God.
The Psalms hold a very special place in Catholic liturgy. The Liturgy of the Hours is centered on them. In every liturgical celebration, the Responsorial Psalm is an important element in the Liturgy of the Word.
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