Introit of Saint Martin of Tours

Ecclesiasticus 45:30; Psalm 131:1

The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince: that the dignity of priesthood should be to him for ever. Ps. O Lord, remember David: and all his meekness. Glory be to the Father.


Psalm 131

Verse 1. David. Jesus Christ, (S. Hil. &c.) or the pious king David, when he intended to build the temple. Solomon adopts some of the verses at his dedication, (v. 8. 2 Par. vi. 41. H.) and some have attributed the psalm to him, to the captives, or to some prophet in the time of the Machabees, though the prophets then, in fact, appeared no longer. Bert. See Ps. xliii. lxxiii. lxxvi. lxxxviii. and xcviii. — The Jews allow, that some verses regard the Messias, of whom the whole may be explained in a spiritual, (C.) or even in the second literal sense. Bert. — It is usual for David, Moses, &c. to speak of themselves in the third person. W. — Meekness. Heb. also, “humility,” (C.) or “affliction,” (S. Jer.) as the prophet might have all this in view. David gave abundant proofs of his humility (2 K. vii. 2. 13. Bert.) and moderation, and was greatly afflicted all his life. H. — Blessed are the meek. Mat. v. Christ has set before us his own example.

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