Part II of Chapter III treats Antiphons and Other Aids to Praying the Psalms:
110. In the Latin tradition of psalmody three elements have greatly contributed to an understanding of the psalms and their use as Christian prayer: the captions, the psalm-prayers, and in particular the antiphons.
Before we get to the antiphons, we’ll look at the other two:
111. In the psalter of The Liturgy of the Hours a caption is given for each psalm to explain its meaning and its import for the personal life of the believer. These captions are intended only as an aid to prayer. A quotation from the New Testament or the Fathers of the Church is added to foster prayer in the light of Christ’s new revelation; it is an invitation to pray the psalms in their Christological meaning.
112. Psalm-prayers for each psalm are given in the supplement to The Liturgy of the Hours as an aid to understanding them in a predominantly Christian way. An ancient tradition provides a model for their use: after the psalm a period of silence is observed, then the prayer gives a resume and resolution of the thoughts and aspirations of those praying the psalms.
The pacing of the psalm prayer is always important. In communal celebrations of the hours, time is needed to permit the psalm to “sink in.” In private prayer, I don’t find the captions very helpful. But perhaps others have different experiences.
Comments are always welcome.