St Arsenios: Psalms for various occasions

St Arsenios the Cappadocian

St Arsenios the Cappadocian

THE following list of Psalms was put together by St Arsenios the Cappadocian (1840-1924).

St Arsenios is famous not only for his own sanctity and miracles, but also for having encouraged his namesake Arsenios Eznepides, known to us today as Elder Paisios the Athonite. You can read about St Arsenios at OrthodoxWiki.

The idea is that each Psalm might be selected and used as a blessing under certain circumstances of daily life. It includes prayers for physical and psychological health, family relationships, work, social concerns, and much else besides.

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Note: St Arsenios knew the Psalms of the Greek Septuagint, a 2nd century BC translation for the Hebrew Scriptures widely used in Jesus’s time (and often employed by the New Testament authors).

The Septuagint is the version used by the Orthodox Churches since the beginning of Christianity. You can find an English translation of the Septuagint online here.

The Greek Psalms differ in numbering and in some other details from the Hebrew Psalms. To find the any Psalm below in a Bible based on the Hebrew text (e.g. KJV, NIV), use the following table.

Greek Hebrew
1–8 1–8
9 9–10
10–112 11–113
113 114–115
114–115 116
116–145 117–146
146–147 147
148–150 148–150

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AGRICULTURE: 1, 26, 30, 50, 52, 62, 66, 71, 83, 124, 147, 148

ANIMALS, Unfriendly: 63, 123, 147

CHILDREN: 22, 76, 109, 113, 114

DEATH AND DEPARTED: 33, 150

DISASTERS: 17, 21, 30, 50, 62, 68, 85, 89

HEALTH, Physical: 5, 12, 28, 36, 37, 44, 56, 58, 63, 79, 86, 88, 95, 102, 108, 122, 125, 128, 145, 146

HEALTH, Psychological: 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 24, 27, 41, 55, 56, 60, 61, 69, 70, 80, 81, 84, 97, 100, 103, 128, 136, 138

HEALTH, Women’s: 18, 19, 40, 67, 75, 106, 142, 145

LAW AND GOVERNMENT: 14, 16, 32, 36, 47, 51, 59, 72, 82, 84, 93, 101, 108, 110, 137, 140, 141, 143

MAGIC AND DEMONS: 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 33, 57, 65, 90, 94, 96, 121

PEACE AND WAR: 26, 33, 42, 73, 78, 93, 107, 111, 117, 118, 120, 127, 131, 132, 135, 140, 141, 143

PEACE (among friends and family): 10, 19, 22, 35, 41, 43, 45, 54, 65, 76, 86, 94, 109, 116, 126, 127, 139

PROPERTY: 14, 15, 23, 47, 83, 103, 124

PROTECTION: 9, 13, 34, 47, 48, 57, 90, 133

SOCIAL CONCERNS: 20, 32, 35, 38, 51, 53, 59, 77, 80, 81, 87, 93, 101, 110, 112, 113, 114, 119, 124, 137, 140

SPIRITUALITY: 3, 9, 24, 25, 29, 49, 50, 57, 72, 91, 98, 99, 100, 104, 105, 108, 115, 119, 130, 134, 136, 149

TRAVEL AND EMIGRATION: 28, 29, 31, 92, 135, 150

WORK: 2, 38, 39, 46, 48, 51, 52, 57, 60, 64, 74, 81, 83, 100, 101, 103, 129, 137, 140, 144