It’s the 1st of October, the beginning of a new month! The traditional pattern in the Prayer Books before the 20th century is to pray through the Psalms in 30 days, beginning on the 1st of each month. In the 1928 and 1979 American Prayer Books, new cycles were introduced for those who wanted a shorter Daily Office by praying fewer Psalms at a time. The 2019 Prayer Book is also drafted to present a 60-day Psalter option.
If you don’t normally, consider taking this month to rise to the challenge of the original plan of Psalm prayer. This is really the bread & butter of the Daily Office, and was once the backbone of Western spirituality, especially before the proliferation of hymns and songs a couple centuries after the Reformation.
At Morning Prayer today pray Psalms 1-5, and at Evening Prayer pray Psalms 6-8.
Tomorrow it’ll be Psalms 9-11 in the morning and Psalms 12-14 in the evening.
Wednesday’s Psalms are 15-17 in the morning, and Psalm 18 in the evening.
The full 30-day table of Psalms is here.
Whatever you undertake, endeavor to stick to it until you’ve gotten through the whole cycle. And be sure to pray them out loud, pausing at the line breaks, so you have time to take in what you’re saying!