Praying the Penitential Psalms (PPP)

A blessed Ash Wednesday to you all!

As part of the Lenten triple threat of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving, we here at Be the Straw are showcasing a particular treasure from our Catholic tradition, praying the Penitential Psalms (PPP). 

The Book of Psalms is an inspired collection of prayers from Sacred Scripture that were once used as hymns in the Jewish Temple. The Psalms span the range of human emotions. Our Lord Jesus Christ would have prayed the Psalms.

Seven Psalms (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143) have been prescribed by the Church as particularly suitable to pray during Lent. Every Friday in this season of Lent, we will post a penitential Psalm with a small reflection after the jump. Consider these Psalms and reflections as a resource to help with your prayer during your Lenten journey.

God bless!