An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Penitential Psalms

In the Christian liturgical tradition seven psalms have been singled out as penitential psalms: 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143. They express human penitence for sin before God and are particularly appropriate for the penitential season of Lent. For example, Ps 51 begins “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; in your great compassion blot out my offenses.”

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