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The office of Terce is sung at Gethsemani each morning at 7:30, just before we head out to our work.  We repeat the same psalms each day, except for Sunday.  They are, according to the Vulgate numbering, pslams 119, 120 and 121.  In most bibles, these will correspond to 120, 121, and 122.


Terce, which is pronounced just like the word "terse," is named after the Latin word for "third."  In classical times, the day was measured beginning at 6:00 A.M., depending on the time of year, so the "third hour" was about 9:00 A.M.  This is the time assigned to Terce by the Rule of Benedict.

  
At Gethsemani, we take advantage of Benedict's flexibility ("If anyone finds this distribution of the psalms unsatisfactory, he should arrange whatever he judges better..." - RB 18:25) to move it to a time more conducive to our schedule.

We hope that you enjoy the video, and use it
to pray along with us sometime.


Unfortunately, we cannot provide the texts for the psalms here on our website, since they are under copyright.

However, we use the Grail translation which is widely available, both in 
the Roman Liturgy of the Hours and the book:
The Pslams: A New Translation: Singing Version
published by Paulist Press.