An Introduction to the Songs of Ascents 

This is the first chapter of my latest book As Though We Were Dreaming: A Commentary on the Songs of Ascents for Lent.   

Second Antiphon

Psalm 123

To Thee I lift up mine eyes

Psalm 121

I lift up mine eyes unto the hills


First Antiphon

Psalm 124

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side

Psalm 120  

In my distress I cried unto Thee O Lord

  Songs of Ascents

Psalm 125

Those who trust the Lord are like Mount Zion

Psalm 122

I rejoiced when I heard them say