Psalm of Mercy

Beloved Parish Family In Christ Jesus Our Lord,

The most repeated Psalm in these days of Lent is Psalm 51. This is called the Psalm of Mercy. A Latin word for this Psalm that you may recognize is the word Miserere.

This powerful Hymn or Psalm is about a plea for purification from sin and for a heart made clean. During this time of Lent we pray this Psalm every week day at Evening Prayer and its theme at every Liturgy during the week. O how much every person baptized needs to pray this Psalm often each day.

One wish I have for you at this moment is that everyone in our Parish would make the sacrifice during this Lent to come to our Maronite Liturgy each Sunday to celebrate each miracle that leads us to Holy Easter, and then also go to the Maronite Divine Liturgy on as many week days as possible because it is during the week days that we acknowledge our need to plea to God for His mercy and to pray for Him to change our wounded heart and soul.

 Verse 1 and 2 of Psalm 51 goes like this,

Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love;

according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

 The composer of this great Psalm is David who was of great importance to God and to the people of Israel. When he sinned he sinned seriously and most of all he lost his favor with his God. But, and this is a very big BUT, he recognized his terrible sin, how necessary this is for everyone. And then he called and pleaded with his God of mercy for his healing and it was granted.

From this example we learn this great lesson for Lent. When we sin, especially seriously sin, we suffer because we now are at a terrible distance from God and we cannot know Him as we should. But when we recognize our sins and faults and return to him with true repentance as David did, He hears our plea, then He showers us with His mercy which then makes us return to Him. At this time we can come close to our God once again and then truly know Him as we should which causes us to love Him in a greater way.

Make a truly great sacrifice this time. Come to our week day Masses in addition to the Sunday Liturgies and do yourself well by a sincere repentance of all your sin and come closer to the Lord where you belong.