Psalm 121

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The headstone of the English botanist, Joan Margaret Legge in the Valley of Flowers in the Himalaya, quoting the first verse of Psalm 121

Psalm 121 (Greek numbering: Psalm 120) is the 121st psalm from the Book of Psalms. It is one of 15 psalms that begins with the words "A song of ascents" (Shir Hama'alot).

Uses[edit]

Judaism[edit]

Christianity[edit]

Psalm 121 has the Latin incipit, Levavi oculus. In the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, it is prescribed for use on day 27 of each month, at Morning Prayer.[5] The first verse is frequently quoted on monuments and memorials commemorating those inspired by mountains or hills. A well known example is a stained glass window in Church of St Olaf, Wasdale in the English Lake District National Park, which quotes Psalm 121 as a memorial to members of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club who were killed in the First World War.[6]

Text[edit]

Musical settings[edit]

Musical settings for the Latin text have been composed by Orlando di Lasso, Hans Leo Hassler and Herbert Howells amongst others. Settings composed for the English text include John Clarke-Whitfeld, Charles Villiers Stanford and Henry Walford Davies.[8] A setting by William McKie was sung at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2002.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 530
  2. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 295
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 221
  4. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 293
  5. ^ a b "The Book of Common Prayer - THE PSALMS OF DAVID - Day 27. Morning Prayer". www.churchofengland.org. The Archbishops' Council. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wasdale – St Olaf’s Church". /www.visitcumbria.com. Visit Cumbria. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Latin Vulgate (Clementine) - Book Of Psalms - Psalm 120". www.drbo.org. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Psalm 121". www1.cpdl.org. Choral Public Domain Library. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother: Full text of the service held at Westminster Abbey". www.theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media Limited. 9 April 2002.