Sacrosanctum Concilium 91

The council bishops lay the groundwork for the current four-week cycle of psalmody:

So that it may really be possible in practice to observe the course of the hours proposed in Art. 89, the psalms are no longer to be distributed throughout one week, but through some longer period of time.

The work of revising the psalter, already happily begun, is to be finished as soon as possible, and is to take into account the style of Christian Latin, the liturgical use of psalms, also when sung, and the entire tradition of the Latin Church.

The bishops also favor a rapid reform of the Hours. While I think that hindsight has shown this to be questionable at least, the enthusiasm for opening up the riches of liturgy to more Catholics is commendable. Notice the importance placed on singing the psalms–the understanding that the Office is not only a speaking exercise, but a musical one as well.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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