March 29

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Friday of the Third Week in Lent


The Seven Penitential Psalms, Day Four:

(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 51.


Read this reflection on Psalm 51—The Miserere: Prayer of Repentance.


“Have mercy on me, God, in accord 
      with your merciful love; 
in your abundant compassion 
      blot out my transgressions.” (Ps 51:3, NABRE)


In this chapter, the psalmist acknowledges his sins to the Lord, and asks God to cleanse him from sin and unrighteousness. With faith in God’s purity and faithfulness, he asks to be washed and cleansed, so that his heart may be made pure.

Listen to a recording of Psalm 51 as you follow along with your Bible.