March 28

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Thursday of the Third Week in Lent


The Seven Penitential Psalms, Day Three:

(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 38. 


Read this reflection on Psalm 38—Prayer of an Afflicted Sinner.


“LORD, do not punish me in your 
in your wrath do not chastise me!” (Ps 38:2)


The psalmist laments the burden of sin weighing upon him. Yet he cries out before the Lord, sharing his sorrow and waiting faithfully for the Lord’s assistance.

Listen to a recording of Psalm 38 as you read along with your Bible.