Definition of Penitential Psalms in US English:

Penitential Psalms

plural noun

  • Seven psalms (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143) which express penitence.

    • ‘The bishop commenced by reciting the seven Penitential Psalms and chanting the Litany of the Saints at the main entrance.’
    • ‘The publications of the 1580s are largely concerned with church music, including settings from the book of Job, the Penitential Psalms, and the Lamentations of the prophet Jeremiah.’
    • ‘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.’