Psalm 148

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Psalm 148 is the 148th psalm of the Book of Psalms.



  • Psalm 148 is recited in its entirety in Pesukei Dezimra, the initial section of the daily morning prayer service.[1]
  • Verses 1-6 are recited at the opening to Kiddush Levana.[2]
  • Verses 13-14 are recited by the congregation when the Torah scroll is being returned to the ark.[3]

Catholic Christianity[edit]

Illustration of the Psalm 148 in Lesnovo monastery, 14th century

It is one of the Laudate psalms and was sung as part of a trio of psalms during Lauds in the Roman rite. Around 530, St. Benedict of Nursia choose this psalm, along with Psalms 149 and 150, for the office of morning celebrated daily.[4] That's why this celebration is called Lauds.

In the Liturgy of the Hours also present, Psalm 148 is recited for Sunday Lauds in the third week.[5]

Charles Wesley made a translation of this psalm, and the translation is frequently sung to the hymn tune Darwall's 148th by John Darwall.


  1. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 72
  2. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 612
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 149
  4. ^ Règle de saint Benoît, chapitres XII et XIII, traduction de Prosper Guéranger, (Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, réimpression 2007) p 40.
  5. ^ Le cycle principal des prières liturgiques se déroule sur quatre semaines.