“He who recites a psalm is like those who weave a beautiful garland, while those who answer after him are like those who put roses in his hands.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 58:3
The Holy Book encourages us to use psalms in our prayers. Psalm 76:7, a quote of Mar Mani, says: “He that sings a mazmora (psalm) is like one who weaves a garland.” If we are blessed enough to be accompanied in our prayers with a brother or sister, they can give the responses to the psalms, as the Gospel says, “those who answer after him are like those who put roses in his hands.”
We are encouraged to pray, to sing and to recite the psalms together. What a joy it is to have the privilege of prayer and divine communication. When we absorb ourselves in prayer, contemplation and the singing of psalms and hymns, we “do away with grief” (GoM 58:4) and any mundane thoughts because we know that God, the Third Messenger and our Holy Prophet are present with us.
(Devotional for 25 February 2016 by Br. Doran)