Conversational Revelation by Patrick Henry Reardon

Conversational Revelation

When we pray the Psalms, we are faced with a particular challenge not usually found in other prayers. I think of it as a diversity of voices, or what the church fathers called a plurality of persons, or “faces,” prosopa.

This phenomenon is not common to most other forms of prayer. Normally, when I address God, the “voice” of the prayer is first person, whether singular or plural. I pray either as “I” or “we.” We petition the Holy Spirit to “come and abide in us,” for example, or I beseech the Lord to “take from me the spirit of sloth.” We adopt this first-person voice as a natural assumption.

It is a mistake, however, to bring this . . .