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Week 6 | Psalm 130 [129]


A Song of Ascents

130 Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord!
2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let thy ears be attentive
    to the voice of my supplications!

If thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities,
    Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with thee,
    that thou mayest be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plenteous redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
    from all his iniquities.

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Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

Psalm 130 is considered by the Church to be the official prayer for the souls in purgatory (see the Catholic Encyclopedia on Psalm 130). Did the explanation of purgatory in this episode lessen your fear of it? In what ways have you made Lent a type of deliberate, purifying “purgatory” this year? How are the challenges you face in your life at the moment meant to help purify you?

Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

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Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Lord, hear my voice! Amen +

What we discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:12:00 – Structure of the psalm, verses 1-4, “keeping score” of sin, forgiveness and propitiation

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Verses 5-8: the relationship between almonds and “watchmen”, waiting as discipline, daily “word” from God, Jesus as prophesied redeemer

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Purgatory, “fire” in the Bible, eternal and temporal punishment, meaning of “punishment”, particular and final judgments  

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Venial and mortal sin, prayers for the dead, what (Who) purgatory is

Other Resources

Create in Me a Clean Heart: 10 Minutes a Day with the Penitential Psalms, book by Sarah Christmyer

A “Spiritual Cleanse” with the Penitential Psalms

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