A moment of reflection…

A moment of reflection…

Priest. I will go in to the altar of God.
Resp. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

Priest. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation which is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.
Resp. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off? and why go I sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?
Priest. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and into Thy tabernacles.
Resp. And I will go in to the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth.
Priest. To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me?
Resp. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God.
Priest. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
Resp. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

I will go in to the altar of God.
Resp. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

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  1. Bthompson says:

    I don’t/didn’t myself have an EF Mass, but it occurred to me Saturday how apropos or even providential that psalm is. Divine inspiration will do that, one supposes.

  2. catholic patrolman says:

    The words of Psalm 42 in the PATFOTA hit me like a thunderbolt when I first read through the traditional Roman Missal. I will never forget it and every time I go to Holy Mass, I am never not affected by them. There is a power and depth in this Mass that is simply not there in the new. Life changing; simply life changing. What an amazing time to be a Catholic, to be able to pick up our own cross and follow our Lord. Viva Christo Rey!!

  3. Kathleen10 says:

    Incredibly beautiful and consoling.

  4. grateful says:

    Music to my ears.

  5. JonPatrick says:

    One of the most powerful parts of the TLM, the priest, serves, and whole congregation admitting their sinfulness and need for God before the priest enters the Holy of Holies and begins the Holy Sacrifice. Something lost most of the time in the NO where we just breeze through the penitential rite usually combining it with the Kyrie.

  6. eamonob says:

    I love this psalm and having it begin the traditional Mass. One of the many things I don’t understand why they would have gotten rid of. I will typically pray this quietly during the opening hymn and procession when I attend the NO. It’s just a wonderful way to start the Mass.

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