March 27

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Wednesday of the Third Week in Lent


The Seven Penitential Psalms, Day Two:

(During times when we wish to express repentance, and especially during Lent, it is customary to pray the seven penitential psalms. The penitential designation of these psalms dates back to the seventh century.  Prayerfully reciting these psalms will help us to recognize our sinfulness, express our sorrow and ask for God’s forgiveness.)

Today we will focus on Psalm 32.


Read this reflection on Psalm 32—Remission of Sin.


“You are my shelter; you guard me 
     from distress; 
with joyful shouts of deliverance 
      you surround me.” (Ps 32:7, NABRE)


In this chapter, the psalmist laments the oppression of his sins. His sins were once hidden, but he trusted in the Lord and confessed his sin, receiving deliverance and abundant mercy.

Listen to a recording of Psalm 32 as you read along with your Bible.