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The Psalms: Prayers for All Times

Apr 10, 2024 - Jun 30, 2024

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Full course description

5-Week Course


featuring video with the late Rev. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., and Rev. Msgr. James A. Mongelluzzo

The Psalms are a collection of ancient songs so deeply expressive of the experience of God that they have been used continually for thousands of years.  Join us to learn more about how these scriptures connect to the interior lives of individuals and bind communities in worship.

Explore the structures, genres, and theologies of the Psalms to gain a greater appreciation for them in your own prayer life, and their role in the Church's liturgy.

This course provides an overview of the Psalms guided by Margaret Nutting Ralph's book The Spirituality of the Psalms.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore lament psalms, hymns of praise, and wisdom psalms.  Special attention is given to Psalms in a worship setting.  To help us engage with the Scriptural texts, there will be a guest commentator each week who will provide a video reflection.


  • Getting Started Week - Introduction to the course
  • Week 1 - Psalms of Lament (guest respondent: the late Fr. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.)
  • Week 2 - Hymns of Praise and Thanskgiving
  • Week 3 - Wisdom Psalms and Entrance Rites (guest respondent: Rev. Msgr. James A. Mongelluzzo)
  • Week 4 - Psalms in their Worship Setting (guest respondent: Rev. Msgr. James A. Mongelluzzo)

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Weekly video presentations by guest commentators;
  • Text transcripts of each featured video;
  • Digital text available in the course: Margaret Nutting Ralph. The Spirituality of the Psalms: Prayers for All Times, Twenty-Third Publications (2016). ISBN-10: 1627851267, ISBN-13: 978-1627851268.
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and
  • A weekly introduction and study guide; and
  • A regularly updated Resources page for further study of topics discussed in this course.

All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site.
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Time Commitment

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Content Scholars:

Margaret Nutting Ralph (text), director of the Master in Pastoral Studies Program for Roman Catholics, Lexington Theological Seminary; the late Fr. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., (video), former professor of New Testament at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry; and Rev. Msgr. James A. Mongelluzzo, (video), a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, and faculty member at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary.

Certificate Requirement Categories

  • Spirituality and Prayer
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Sacraments and Liturgy

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Miriam with the women singing