Introit of Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Psalm 85:1,2-3

Incline Thine ear, O Lord, to me and hear me: save Thy servant, O my God, that trusteth in Thee: have mercy on me, O Lord, for I have cried to Thee all day. Ps. Give joy to the soul of Thy servant; for to Thee, O Lord, I have lifted up my soul. V. Glory be to the Father.


Verse 1. David. He might compose this psalm under any affliction, though prayer is always necessary (Bert.) for any person. W. — Others apply it to Ezechias, (Theodoret) the captives, or the Church. C. — Jesus Christ prays during his passion, and foretells his resurrection, and the vocation of the Gentiles. S. Aug. — Needy. Heb. “mild or afflicted.” Humility is requisite to pray well, as those who think themselves rich, ask not with fervour. C. — God “inclines his ear if thou dost not lift up thy neck.” S. Aug.

Verse 2. I am holy. I am by my office and profession dedicated to thy service, (Ch.) as a Levite, (C.) or a member of the true Church. H. — He may also speak in the person of Christ, who prays for us and in us. D. — Syr. and Arab. read, “thou art good.” C. — Our necessities, firm purposes of leading a virtuous life, and confidence in God, move him to shew mercy. W.