Communion of Fourth Sunday in Lent

Psalm 121:3-4

Jerusalem, which is built as a city, which is compact together: for thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to praise Thy name, O Lord.


Verse 3. Together. Well built and inhabited. The Jews throughout the world considered it as their most dear country. C. — The participation of spiritual graces (Ps. cxviii. 63. &c.) is a great comfort to Catholics, (W.) who look upon the chair of S. Peter at Rome as the centre of unity. H. — David established order in Jerusalem, when he had made the conquest, and various families contributed to the rebuilding of it. Bert. — All the tribes were united under the dominion of David. Houbig.

Verse 4. The. This was the testimony, (H.) or ordinance of the Lord, (C.) which Israel had solemnly engaged to perform. H. — All were obliged to repair thither thrice in the year; (Ex. xxiii. 17. M.) and this contributed most to the splendour of the city. C. — Houbigant would translate “the congregations of Israel;” or juxta may be understood, “according to the testimony.” Bert. — The tribes shall be all united, (C.) and come to Jerusalem, as all mankind should embrace the true faith in the Catholic Church. W.

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