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Fr. Reardon on Psalm 93

December 28, 2008

The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty;
the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength;
indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.

Your throne was established long ago;
you are from all eternity.

The seas have lifted up, LORD,
the seas have lifted up their voice;
the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea—
the LORD on high is mighty.

Your statutes, LORD, stand firm;
holiness adorns your house
for endless days.

In his book Christ in the Psalms Fr. Reardon notes that Psalm 93 is used at Great Vespers on January 6th which is the feast of the Lord’s Theophany. He notes that

In that context Psalm 92 [93 Heb.] serves as a meditation on the various Gospel readings of Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan River. Thus the Lord’s kingship, His clothing in splendor and girding in might, is manifested in the Holy Spirit’s descent upon Him in the form of a dove, and is revealed in the Father’s voice calling Him “My beloved Son.”

He moves on to application saying

The waters that lift up their doxological voices, therefore, are the sacramental waters of our rebirth. It is in these waters that God’s people are washed and made holy. The Holy Trinity, revealed in the Baptism of Jesus, is the mystery of our incorporation into the Church, for we are baptized in the name of he Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. In these waters we become God’s very house, and holiness befits His house unto length of days.


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