Encountering the Heart of God in the Psalms

Vern Steiner
Instructor
Vern Steiner
Encountering the Heart of God in the Psalms

Psalms has consistently been a favorite among God’s people throughout the centuries, beginning with the biblical authors themselves, who cite it more often in the New Testament than any other book from the Old Testament. Sometimes called the ‘Psalter’, the book of Psalms offers the Church a gift like no other. As biblical poetry, the Psalms are both the word of God to his people (revealing his person and program) and the words of people to their God (expressing their prayers and praises). Encountering the Heart of God in the Psalms will explore this both-and dynamic, by exposing how these inspired and exquisite poems are intended to draw us into a deep and living relationship with our Lord, both through our receptive listening to their message and through our liturgical and personal responses in prayer, song, and meditation.

To that end, the course will include an introduction to the Psalter as a biblical book, an explanation of how the various psalms reveal Christ, a detailed exposition of representative psalms from each of the five “Books” within the Book of Psalms, and abundant examples of the role of Psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office) and in their “Responsorial” function in the Liturgy of the Word.

This course is free! Please register to let us know whether you plan to attend in person (so that we can print out the materials for you) or to let us know that you’ll be following along by video (so that we can be sure to send you the link to the course materials).

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