Saturday, June 29, 2013

Find Your Place in the Psalter using this one Weird Trick! - Divine Office Factoid #8

Okay, so your three year old was playing with the ribbons in your breviary again, and now they're all pulled out and you don't remember what week in the Psalter you should be using.

Or you got out of the habit of praying the hours for a couple weeks, and want to start up again, but don't know what week it is.

So here's what you do.  Look at your parish calendar. The one that hangs on the fridge or on the cellar door. See what Sunday in ordinary time it was this week. Concentrate on that number.
Is it a multiple of 4?  (4,8,12,etc.) Then you will use week IV of the psalter.
Is it a multiple of 4, plus 1? (5,9,13,etc) Then you will use week I of the psalter.
Is it a multiple of 4, plus 2? (6,10,14,etc) Then you will use week II of the psalter.
4, plus 3? (Or alternately, 4 minus 1: 3,7,11,etc) Then you will use week III of the psalter.

The weeks of the holy seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter Always begin with week I, proceed through week IV, and then start over as needed.

Now, print this off and paste in your breviary, and you will always be able to find your place in the psalter.


  1. Sundays in Ordinary Time
    01 05 09 13 17 21 25 29 33 > Week I
    02 06 10 14 18 22 26 30 34 > Week II
    03 07 11 15 19 23 27 31 > Week III
    04 08 12 16 20 24 28 32 > Week IV

  2. Nobody told me there would be any math involved...

    Here's something to help figure out what Sunday Mass reading cycle we're in:

    If you divide the year by three
    with nothing left then you're in C
    If some remain you're sure to see
    It's one for A and two for B

  3. Wow.... don't overthink this.

    In your 4-volume LOH, for Ordinary Time, find the pages for Sunday. At the top of the page (where you will find material for the Office of Readings) on Sunday it will tell you what week of the Psalter you will be in that week.

    That is the week you will use.


    1. Well...this is true. But I like being able to, in the middle of the week, bo right to the psalter without first paging back to see what it says for the Sunday. It saves a step.

    2. I have lost touch with my daily liturgy of the hours. Used to have a printed guide for several years. Unable to get to church. What week am I in as of 6/3? Once I know that I'll get back in the swing. Thanks for a reply

  4. How do Pentecost and Solemnities of the Lord fit in?

    1. Hit the Home tab and look at my latest post, where I talk about just this. During these feasts we are don't use the Sundays but we do continue with the numbered week. It's tricky.

  5. Someone told me that to find what week you are on in ordinary time you look at your Catholic calendar. Your week (which starts Sunday on calendar) might say e.g. 5th Sunday Ord. time. Divide this number 5 by 4. 1 over? Then it is week l you will be ribboning. Say the calendar week was 10. Divide by 4 (2 with 2 over) Note that 2 that is over so this means you ribbon week 2, and so on.

  6. To make absolutely certain I was on the right week, I printed out the liturgical calendar at and on each Sunday the abbreviation for the weeks are Pss I, Pss II, Pss III, and Pss IV. Of course in the past, I just bought an ORDO (order of Prayer for Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharistic Prayer) but I don't have one for 2015 yet. Hope this helps too!