Psalm 122

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Psalm 122 (Laetatus sum or commonly I Was Glad) is one of 15 psalms from the Book of Psalms that begin with the words "A song of ascents" (Shir Hama'alot).

Uses in Judaism[edit]

Psalm 122 is recited to the Mishnah, and the Sabbath between sukkot Hagadol, and on the Sabbath following Tisha B'Av in some traditions. Verses 7-9 are part of the Talmud Berachos 64a4.

Catholic Church[edit]

According to the rule of St. Benedict set to 530, this Psalm was traditionally performed during the third act of the week, that is to say Tuesday - Saturday after Psalm 120 (119) and Psalm 121 (120).[4]

In the Liturgy of Hours today, Psalm 122 is recited or sung at Vespers on Saturday the quatrième6 week. In the liturgy of the Mass, he read the Christ the King feast, the first Sunday of Advent time of year A7 and the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time of the year C.


In the Book of Common Prayer, Psalm 122 is to be said or sung on Day 27 at Morning Prayer.[5]

Settings in music[edit]

  • Monteverdi set the Latin (Vulgate) text, Laetatus sum, at least three times, in his Vespers of 1610 and twice as a stand-alone motet in 1643.
  • Charpentier set the same text in 1671, again as a motet, catalogued as H161.
  • Jommelli did the same, in 1743.
  • An abridged form of the Book of Common Prayer translation, I was glad, is used in Parry's 1902 coronation anthem of that name.
  • The same English text was used for coronation music by Henry Purcell, William Boyce, Thomas Attwood and others.
  • Herbert Howells set verses 6 and 7 in his anthem "O, pray for the peace of Jerusalem."
  • In 1676 Biber conceives a name piece (C.9) to Salzburg. In 1693, Michel-Richard Delalande wrote his grand motet (S.47), but unfortunately, today lost.
  • Jules Van Nuffel set the psalm in Latin, Laetatus sum, for mixed choir and organ in 1935.


  1. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 530
  2. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim page 329
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 479
  4. ^ Règle de saint Benoît, traduction de Prosper Guéranger, (Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes réimpression, 2007) p46
  5. ^ "The Book of Common Prayer - THE PSALMS OF DAVID - Day 27. Morning Prayer". The Church of England. Retrieved 26 November 2016.