Beatitudes and Responses (Psalms of David)
Occasionally, in place of the Reading of the Law before the Prayer of Confession, it would be appropriate to use the Beatitudes. Indeed, it would be possible to frame the prayer of confession on the basis of the Beatitudes. I recently read in a 19th century American Episcopalian work on the revision of their liturgy a reference to the Beatitudes with responses based on Psalm 51, (which the writer thought was rather artificial), but have not been able to trace this,.
These responses, based on the Psalms are appropriate. I have edited them from some suggestions in:
Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Psalm 70:5 But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Psalm 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Psalm 37: 3, 11 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. The meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Psalm 18:25 With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Psalm 51:10, 11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Psalm 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Psalm 31:15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!