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The Psalms and Canticles of the Divine Office

Benedict XVI, at his first Wednesday audience as Pope on 27th April 2005, said:

I think back with affection to my Venerable Predecessor John Paul II, to whom we are indebted for his extraordinary spiritual heritage. "Our Christian communities", he wrote in his Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, "must become genuine "schools' of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly "falls in love'" (n 33). This is what Pope John Paul II did. He sought to put these instructions into practice himself, commenting on the psalms of lauds and vespers at the most recent of his Wednesday catecheses. Just as at the beginning of his Pontificate John Paul II wanted to continue the reflections on the Christian virtues that his predecessor had begun, I also intend to continue in the coming months the reflections that he had prepared on the second part of the psalms and canticles which comprise vespers. Next Wednesday, therefore, I will take up his catecheses where he left off, after his General Audience last 26 January."