The Psalms, which are the ancient prayers of the Jewish people, lie at the heart of the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Jesus of Nazareth would have known them by heart, and down the centuries they have been prayed and sung wherever Christians have gathered to worship. And yet, because of the vast gulf between their ancient culture and our contemporary secular world, many in the churches find them difficult and forbidding texts.
Over this weekend we will explore the rich variety of these ancient poems, how they can speak to us today, and particularly how they can nourish a profound contemplative practice and become pathways into intimacy with the Mystery of God.
Patrick Woodhouse is an Anglican priest and writer and the author of Life in the Psalms, Contemporary Meaning in Ancient Texts (Bloomsbury 2015)