Psalm 42

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Psalm 42 in Prekmurje Slovene from Nouvi Gráduvál (New Gradual) by Mihály Bakos (1789).

Psalm 42 is a psalm in the Book of Psalms. It is one of the thirteen Maschil Psalms, dedicated "To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.[1]") It begins "Sicut cervus" in Latin of the Old Roman Psalter, and "Quemadmodum" in the Vulgate Psalter of Jerome, "As pants the hart" in the metrical version by Tate and Brady, and "As the hart panteth" in the King James English text set to music by Huffman.

The psalmist saw the misfortune of being far from the temple of God, and its opponents see it as a divine punishment. In his painful exile, he continues to desire the distant God. In him fighting melancholy and hope to see the living God. This hope through all the trials he experiences, supported by recalling a happy past and the proximity of God.




Catholic teaching sees the psalm a longing for piety, by the church.[3]

  • In the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, it is sung or recited in the Easter Vigil during the procession to the baptismal font.[4]
  • In the Ordinary form of the Roman Rite, the psalm is recited or sung following the seventh reading of the Easter Vigil.[5]
  • According to the Rule of St. Benedict(530)[6][7] this psalm was traditionally performed at monasteries, to the Office of Matins of lundi.[8] In the Liturgy of Hours today, Psalm 42 is sung or recited lauds the Monday of the second semaine.[9]

Musical settings[edit]

Its musical settings include:


  1. ^ Charles Spurgeon Treasury of David (Psalm 42.
  2. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim page 329
  3. ^ Exposition on Psalm 42 at New
  4. ^ Missale Romanum, 1962
  5. ^ Missale Romanum, Third Typical Edition, 2002
  6. ^ Prosper Guéranger, Règle de saint Benoît (Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, réimpression 2007) p 46.
  7. ^ La distribution des Psaumes dans la Règle de Saint Benoît.
  8. ^ Psautier latin-français du bréviaire monastique, (1938/2003) p161.
  9. ^ Le cycle principal des prières liturgiques se déroule sur quatre semaines.
  10. ^ Sicut Cervus video on YouTube

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