Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Psalm 8


Psalm 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9

#306 Weekday Year I Context (Tuesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time)

#264 Weekday Years I & II Context (Thursday in the Octave of Easter)
R. (2ab) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
or:
R. Alleluia.

R. (see 7) You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

O LORD, our Lord,
how glorious is your name over all the earth!
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet.
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

All sheep and oxen,
yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
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Commentary on Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9

Psalm 8 is another of the songs of thanksgiving.  In this selection we hear the title “son of man” used.  It is, in this instance, referring to all the faithful as opposed to Jesus.  The song reflects on the creation account from Genesis, and how God gave man dominion over the life he had created. The humility expressed in this song has the same sense of questioning humility found in Hebrews 2:5-12. It also marvels at the fact that God made his creation subject to man.

CCC: Ps 8:2 300, 2566; Ps 8:6 2566, 2809
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Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

#166C Solemnities C Context (Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity C)

#330 Weekday Year I Context (Tuesday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time)

#753 Ritual Mass Context (I. For the Conferral of Christian Initiation, 1. Catechumenate and Christian Initiation of Adults, Christian Initiation Apart from the Easter Vigil, 1.)
R. (2ab) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
or: R. (Ephesians 5:14) Wake up and rise from death: Christ will shine upon you!

#904 Mass for Various Needs Context (III. In Various Public Circumstances, 17. For the Beginning of the Civil Year, 1.)

R. (2ab) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you set in place—
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet.
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

All sheep and oxen,
yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
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Commentary on Ps 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Psalm 8 is a song of thanksgiving for the creation event described in Genesis. The song marvels at God’s great work, his creation, and the life he gave us. The singer expresses the humility of a people who, through no merit of their own, God has made little less than angels and given a place of honor. Having done all this, mankind accepts great responsibility for stewardship.

CCC: Ps 8:6 2566, 2809
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Psalm 8:2-3ab, 4-5, 6-7

#472 Weekday Year II Context (Saturday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time)

R. (7) You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

O LORD, our LORD,
how glorious is your name over all the earth!
You have exalted your majesty above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings
you have fashioned praise because of your foes.
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you set in place—
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet.
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
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Commentary on Ps 8:2-3ab, 4-5, 6-7

Psalm 8 is another of the songs of thanksgiving.  In this selection we hear the title “son of man” used.  It is, in this instance, referring to the people not to Jesus.  The song reflects on the creation account from Genesis, and how God gave man dominion over the life he had created.

CCC: Ps 8:2 300, 2566; Ps 8:3 559; Ps 8:6 2566, 2809
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Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7a, 7b-9

#884 Mass for Various Needs Context (II. For Public Needs,  13. For the Country or a City or for Those Who Serve in Public Office or for the Congress or for the President or for the Progress of Peoples, 1.)

R. (2ab) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,
  the moon and the stars which you have set in place-
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
  or the son of man that you should care for him?
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

Yet you have made him little less than the angels,
  and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands.
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

Putting all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen,
  yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
   and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
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Commentary on Ps 8:4-5, 6-7a, 7b-9

Psalm 8 is another of the songs of thanksgiving.  In this selection we hear the title “son of man” used.  It is, in this instance referring to the people as opposed to Jesus.  The song reflects on the creation account from Genesis and how God gave man dominion over the life he had created. The singer expresses the humility of a people whom, through no merit of their own, God has made little less than angels and given a place of honor. Having done all this, mankind accepts great responsibility for stewardship.

CCC: Ps 8:6 2566, 2809
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