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And Jesus told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.
Lk 18:1

Rejoice always,  pray constantly,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1Thess 5:16-18

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us…

Rom 8:26

“Prayed by Christ and fulfilled in him, the Psalms remain essential to the prayer of the Church.”

CCC 2586


  • Why do New Covenant Christians spend so much time reading and praying the Old Covenant Book of Psalms?  What is the Liturgy of the Hours (the Divine Office), and why is it so focused on the Psalms?

  • How can praying the Psalms help us to exercise our baptismal priesthood more fervently?  

  • In this course, we turn to the Holy Spirit, “the master of the interior life” (CCC 1995), and learn how to plug into the prayer of the Church. In this way, we learn to enter more deeply into Life in the Spirit, and pray in union with millions of believers around the world.

“No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit,” (1Cor 12:3). In this Year of the Holy Spirit (Diocese of Portsmouth), we are called to exercise our baptismal priesthood more profoundly.

St Peter declares, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people.” 

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And the Catechism teaches that “Christ, high priest and unique mediator, has made of the Church ‘a kingdom, priests for his God and Father.’ (Rev 1:6) The whole community of believers is, as such, priestly. The faithful exercise their baptismal priesthood through their participation, each according to his own vocation, in Christ's mission as priest, prophet, and king. Through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation the faithful are ‘consecrated to be . . . a holy priesthood,’” (CCC 1546).

In this course/journey/adventure, we turn to the Book of Psalms. The Catechism teaches us that “In the Psalms David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the first prophet of Jewish and Christian prayer. The prayer of Christ, the true Messiah and Son of David, will reveal and fulfill the meaning of this prayer.” (CCC 2579) And it goes on to assert that “Prayed by Christ and fulfilled in him, the Psalms remain essential to the prayer of the Church.”  (CCC 2586)

The Book of Psalms is the most quoted Old Testament book in the New Testament.  Psalms is also the Old Testament book contemplated by more Church Fathers than any other. In this course, we will explore the structural unity of the Book of Psalms and see how this book fits into salvation history. We will learn how to pray the Divine Office and how to tap into the common prayer being prayed by millions of Christians throughout the world at every hour of the day.  As the Catechism puts it, “The words of the Psalmist, sung for God, both express and acclaim the Lord's saving works; the same Spirit inspires both God's work and man's response. Christ will unite the two. In him, the psalms continue to teach us how to pray.”  (CCC 2587)

Once you have registered and made your payment you will receive an email on the evening before each lecture/discussion session, with the link for the next day’s session. On the first day of a course, there will be an optional test meeting 15 minutes before the start of the session – for anyone who wishes to practice clicking the link and making sure they can see and hear without any problems. At the time of the session, to “enter the meeting room”, you simply click the link in your email, follow the directions, and you are in! There is no need for any advanced computer or technical skill. Real-time Interactive Participation Once you are in the “meeting room”, you can see and hear everything. To ask questions, or participate in the discussion, you simply un-mute your microphone (or you can opt to just listen). We prefer everyone’s web-cam to be turned on, so that we’re all visible to each other, but you can opt to turn off your web-cam if necessary. You can ask questions, contribute to the discussion, and participate just as you would if you were onsite – all from the comfort of your own home. Following each session, notes will be emailed to you. 24-hour email, and access to your tutor by phone or Zoom by appointment. In Case You Miss a Lecture on one of our long courses As with any discipline, a certain time commitment is necessary in order to learn effectively. Nevertheless, we understand that there will be times when you might be unable to attend a lecture. When this happens, you can contact your course lecturer as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made for you to learn the material covered in the lecture you missed. You will be provided with the resources necessary, so that you do not have major gaps in your learning.

Topics Covered in this Programme

  • The Person of the Holy Sprit

  • Prayer & Life in the Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit – Principal Author of Sacred Scripture

  • Divine Inspiration & its Consequences

  • Catholic Principles of Scriptural Interpretation

  • Lectio Divina

  • Introduction to the Liturgy of the Hours – the Divine Office

  • The Baptismal Priesthood & the Liturgy of the Hours

  • What is the Psalter?  What is a Psalm?

  • The Psalms & Salvation History

  • The Psalms & the Davidic Covenant

  • The Structural Unity of the Book of Psalms

  • Canonical Reading of the Psalms

  • The Jewish Praying o the Psalms in the time of Jesus

  • The Psalms & the New Covenant

  • Are the Psalms about Jesus?

  • The Old Testament Unveiled in the New

  • Encountering Christ in the Psalms

  • The Psalms & Growth in Discipleship

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