Mo'edim

Psalms: Psalms for Prayer Services on Weekdays, Shabbat and Mo’edim

Shalom, everyone! Praying several times per day is very much a pre-Exilic tradition of the Ehveh (Hebrew) people. Our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob used to pray to YAH during specific periods of the day: Abraham prayed in the morning (Genesis 19:27), this is now known to as “Shacharit”; Isaac prayed in the afternoon (Genesis 24:63), this is now known to as “Minchah”; Jacob prayed in the evening and at night (Genesis 28:11), this is now known as “Ma’ariv.” In the Ehveh culture, the day begins at sundown in the evening, followed by night-time, followed by the morning, and then by the afternoon until the end of the day at sundown. In addition to our own words, during the course of these prayer services, one may recite specific psalms as offerings of praise and supplication to YAH.

The Book of Psalms, a/k/a Tehillim, provides a model of how to praise, worship and pray to The Creator YAH. Upon close inspection of the Book of Psalms, there seems to be a psalm that one can say unto YAH for just about any occasion. The following is a list of the psalms that are commonly recited during prayer services on weekdays, Shabbat, and mo’edim. Of the mo’edim, the “Festivals” are the three pilgrimage festivals of Chag HaMatzot, Shavuot, and Sukkot. The mo’edim of Yom Teruah and Yom HaKippurim are not festivals; they are solemn occasions. It is the custom to recite these psalms in the order presented below. Please note that these are only suggestions, they are not mandatory. While it is a good practice to recite the psalms, they are not meant to replace speaking with The Creator using one’s own words.

Disclaimer: Please note that whenever speaking directly to YAH through prayer, worship, reciting blessings, or reading the Holy Scriptures, one may say YAH’s Name, “YHƲH” (pronounced “Yeh-Veh”), however, please do so carefully with reverence and humility. YAH’s Name should never be used in casual conversation, neither should His Name be used in any place where there is uncleanness, filth, immodesty, idolatry, sexual perversion, nor should the Name ever be used in insults, profanity or unclean words. One should never curse YAH’s Name as by doing so one will incur severe penalties. YAH is very jealous for His Name and will not hold the one guiltless who misuses His Name.


Psalms for Prayer Services on Weekdays, Shabbat and Mo’edim

Daily Prayer Service Daily Psalms
Weekdays: Shacharit (Morning Prayer) 1st Chronicles 16:8-36
Psalms 30, 67, 100, 139, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 20;
Psalm of the Day (Shir Shel Yom):

  • Yom Rishon (Sunday): Psalm 24;
  • Yom Sheni (Monday): Psalm 48;
  • Yom Shlishi (Tuesday): Psalm 82;
  • Yom Revi’i (Wednesday): Psalm 94;
  • Yom Chamishi (Thursday): Psalm 81;
  • Yom Shishi (Friday): Psalm 93;

Psalm 27

Weekdays: Minchah (Afternoon Prayer) Psalms 84, 145, 27
Weekdays: Ma’ariv (Evening Prayer) Psalms 134, 91, 3, 121, 128, 4, 27
Shabbat and Festivals: Erev Shabbat
(Friday Evening)
Psalms 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 29;
Psalm of the Day (Shir Shel Yom):

  • Yom Shabbat: Psalm 92;

Psalm 93, 23

Shabbat and Festivals: Shacharit
(Morning Prayer)
1st Chronicles 16:8-36
Psalms 30, 19, 33, 34, 90, 91, 98, 121, 122, 123, 124, 135, 136, 92;
Psalms 93, 139, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 130;
Exodus 14:30 – 15:21
Psalm of the Day (Shir Shel Yom):

  • Yom Shabbat: Psalm 92;

Psalms 27, 29

Shabbat and Festivals: Minchah
(Afternoon Prayer)
Psalms 145, 111, 112, 24, 27, 29
Shabbat and Festivals: (Conclusion)
Motza’ei Shabbat/Motza’ei Yom Tov/Havdalah
Psalms 144, 67, 91, 121
Rosh Chodesh Psalms 104, 148, 121, 150, 67
Hallel: Psalms: 113, 114, 117, 118
Festivals: The Pilgrimage Festivals
[Pesach-Chag HaMatzot (Days 1 and 7), Shavuot, Sukkot (All days)]
Hallel: Psalms 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118
Yom Teruah: Erev Yom Teruah Psalms 107, 145, 27, 29, 24
Yom Teruah: Shacharit 1st Chronicles 16:8-36
Psalms 30, 19, 33, 34, 90, 91, 98, 121, 122, 123, 124, 135, 136, 92;
Psalms 93, 139, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 130;
Psalm of the Day (Shir Shel Yom):

  • Yom Rishon (Sunday): Psalm 24;
  • Yom Sheni (Monday): Psalm 48;
  • Yom Shlishi (Tuesday): Psalm 82;
  • Yom Revi’i (Wednesday): Psalm 94;
  • Yom Chamishi (Thursday): Psalm 81;
  • Yom Shishi (Friday): Psalm 93;
  • Yom Shabbat (Saturday): Psalm 92.

Psalms 27, 47

Yom Teruah: Mincha Psalms 145, 111, 112, 24, 27, 29
Yom Teruah: Motza’ei Yom Teruah/Havdalah Psalms 121
Yom HaKippurim: Erev Yom HaKippurim Psalms 107, 145, 27, 92, 93, 24
Yom HaKippurim: Shacharit 1st Chronicles 16:8-36
Psalms 30, 19, 33, 34, 90, 91, 98, 121, 122, 123, 124, 135, 136, 92;
Psalms 93, 139, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 130;
Psalm of the Day (Shir Shel Yom):

  • Yom Rishon (Sunday): Psalm 24;
  • Yom Sheni (Monday): Psalm 48;
  • Yom Shlishi (Tuesday): Psalm 82;
  • Yom Revi’i (Wednesday): Psalm 94;
  • Yom Chamishi (Thursday): Psalm 81;
  • Yom Shishi (Friday): Psalm 93;
  • Yom Shabbat (Saturday): Psalm 92.

Psalms 27, 91, 145, 24

Yom HaKippurim: Mincha Psalm 24
Yom HaKippurim: Motza’ei Yom Kippurim/Havdalah Psalms 145, 148, 121, 150
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