Divine Music

The Psalms

Life Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this session is to inspire teens to experience the beauty and power of praying the Psalms, help them understand why the Psalms were written, and provide an experience of Liturgy of the Hours.

About this night

The Book of Psalms consists of 150 song-prayers traditionally ascribed to the authorship of King David.  Pope Benedict XVI tells us, “These inspired songs teach us how to speak to God, expressing ourselves and the whole range of our human experience with words that God himself has given us.”  This night begins with a fun game to get the teens thinking about all the different songs they know and the emotions they express.  The teaching gives the history of the Psalms, explains how Jesus prayed them, and expresses the value of praying them in the Church today.  During the Break each small group will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the meaning of specific Psalms.  The night will close with a large group prayer experience sharing different Psalms.

Parental Notice

This week at Life Night we talked about the Book of Psalms and how the Psalms can help us express the full range of human emotion when praying to God.  We used song lyrics that the teens are familiar with to get them to thinking about how powerful the words of a song can be.  The teens spent time examining a specific Psalm and were asked to be mindful of praying for others going through that experience. One of the ways the Church continually prays the Psalms is through the Liturgy of the Hours. This is a great prayer to use with your family. There are many resources online to guide praying the Liturgy of the Hours, which come from Psalms and other parts of Sacred Scripture.  Here are a few questions to help you discuss the Psalms with your son or daughter:

  • How do you express your joy or gratitude?
  • How do you express your frustration or sadness?
  • How can our family begin to pray the Psalms together?

Environment

The environment for this night is made from Psalm verses and song lyrics. Create several signs and banners with various lyrics from popular songs and Scripture verses from Psalms.  As you select lyrics and verses, be sure your selections represent a wide range of emotions (love, frustration, sadness, joy, etc.). Have music playing as the teens enter the main meeting space.

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