Introit of The Seven Holy Brothers

Psalm 112:1, 9, 2

Praise the Lord, ye children, praise ye the name of the Lord; Who maketh the barren woman to dwell in a house, the joyful mother of children. Ps. Blessed be the name of the Lord, from henceforth, now and forever. Glory be to the Father.


Verse 1. Alleluia. The Jews style this, and the five following psalms, “the great Alleluia,” which they sing after eating the paschal lamb. Eusebius adds, “a psalm of Aggæus and Zacharias,” as it seems to speak of the captives, who return thanks for their deliverance; (Is. xlv. 6. &c. C.) or David has left this model of thanksgiving for all. Bert. — Children. Heb. “slaves.” M. — The Greek and Latin may signify both. H. — He addresses the Levites, who were addicted to God’s service, or the new converts, who were become docile like little children, (1 Peter ii. 2. Ps. viii. 3. C.) and in a word, (H.) all God’s servants. W.

Verse 9. Children. Anna and Elizabeth, who were naturally barren, were blessed with what they so eagerly desired, by the divine power. H. — It may be understood of the Gentile world, after it had embraced the faith, (S. Jer. Gal. iv. 17. S. Chrys.) or of the captives, (Is. lvi.

  1. and xlix. 21. Ps. lxvii. 7. C.) though Isaias may also refer to the Church. H. — Joseph was wonderfully advanced in glory, and Sara, Rebecca, &c. were made fruitful.

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