Chancellor’s Diary

by Fr. John Jillions

Fr. John Jillions

January 17, 2014

Psalm 55

I am distraught by the noise of the enemy,
because of the oppression of the wicked.

(Psalm 55:2-3)

January 16, 2014

Psalm 54

For the end: among the hymns of instruction by David, when the Ziphites came and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”

Save me, O God, by Thy name,
 and vindicate [judge] me by Thy…

January 15, 2014

Psalm 53

The fool thinks in his heart: “God is not present.”
Psalm 53:1a (Anchor Bible)

None is righteous, no, not one; ...

January 14, 2014

Psalm 52

For the choirmaster, a poem of David, when Doeg the Edomite went and warned Saul, ‘David has gone to Ahimelech’s house’

But God will break you down for ever;
 he will snatch…

January 10, 2014

Psalm 51: Purge Me with Hyssop

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me…
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Fill me with joy and gladness;

January 8, 2014

Psalm 50

Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, I will testify against you. 

…you thought that I was one like yourself.
(Psalm 50:7, 21)

January 7, 2014

Psalm 49

My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
(Psalm 49:3)

January 3, 2014

Psalm 48

We ponder your steadfast love [Hesed], O God, in the midst of your temple.
(Psalm 48:9 RSV)

Hesed is one of the key words of the Hebrew Bible. In Greek eleos, mercy. In Latin misericordia. It has a range of nuances…

January 2, 2014

Psalm 47: uniting earth to heaven

God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
(Psalm 47:5)

Psalm 47 is used throughout the feast of our Lord’s Ascension. So we begin 2014 with a psalm that represents the end…

December 20, 2013

Dear friends,

The Chancery offices will close this afternoon for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ and will reopen December 27th. I will return to writing the Chancellor’s Diary after the New Year, on Thursday…