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6. Penitential Psalms

Medieval tradition ascribed the authorship of the Seven Penitential Psalms (6, 31, 37, 50, 101, 129, and 142) to King David, who composed them as penance for his grievous sins. The Penitential Psalms usually follow the Hours of the Cross and the Hours of the Holy Spirit. They are followed immediately by the Litany, a hypnotic enumeration of saints whom one asked to pray for us.