March 30

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Saturday of the Third Week in Lent


The Seven Penitential Psalms, Day Five:

(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 from 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 102.


Read a reflection of Psalm 102—Prayer in Time of Distress.


“LORD, hear my prayer; 
      let my cry come to you. 
Do not hide your face from me 
      in the day of my distress.” (Ps 102:2-3, NABRE)


In this psalm, the psalmist calls to God in great distress. He acknowledges his weakness in body and spirit before the Lord. Yet he fixes his sight on the Lord, extolling the Lord’s name and his mercy.

Listen to a recording of Psalm 102 as you follow along with your Bible.