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Psalms 113 to 118 form a group called the Hallel songs, taken from the Hebrew word for “praise.” Wednesdays in the middle weeks of the Pentecost season this year find us lifting our voices in these special songs that were sung in homes at Passover time. They all contain Alleluia, the Hebrew word that means “Praise Yah.” Yah is the shortened form for the covenant name Yahweh.
Alleluia: this unique word of joy and praise only occurs in the Psalms⎯twenty-six times to be exact. Today let your hours be flooded⎯saturated with Alleluia. When you are tempted to become a victim and self-conscious with “Poor me,” take on the heavenly perspective of the Lord looking down on the whole earth, not losing the smallest detail of your need. If your heart is barren as the childless mother in the final verse, Alleluia prayed with faith can fill your empty heart with God.
Praising You: alleluia v. 1, 9
Praising the name of the Lord v. 1
Blessed be Your holy name. v. 2
Praise from sunrise to sunset v. 3
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in Resources.
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms, one each week over the three-year cycle.
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