Definition of Penitential Psalms in English:

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Penitential Psalms

plural noun

Seven psalms (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143) that express penitence.
Example sentences
  • The bishop commenced by reciting the seven Penitential Psalms and chanting the Litany of the Saints at the main entrance.
  • These Hours were placed between extracts from the Gospels, various prayers and daily devotions, the Penitential Psalms, the Litany of Saints, and masses for certain holy days.
  • However, it was also about this time that the gloominess and intensity of Counter-Reformation ideas began to affect his music, most especially in his settings of the seven Penitential Psalms.

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Syllabification: Pen·i·ten·tial Psalms

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