Responsorial – Additions to Daniel

This post is just going to be on a matter of interest for us as Catholics.  Today’s responsorial reading is from Daniel 3:52-56:R. (52b)

Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you who look into the depths
from your throne upon the cherubim;
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,
praiseworthy and glorious forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!

The reading is straightforward enough – “Glory and praise forever.”  However, what many people may not realize is that this reading comes from a section in both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox bibles, not in Protestant or modern Jewish Bibles.  Daniel is not the only book with sections like this as there are also additional sections in the Book of Esther.

The origin of these additions is the same as that of the Deuterocanonical books – Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus (Sirach), and Baruch.  If you’re interested in reading more about that, you can check out this post.

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About Jeremy

I work at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond, LA. I teach part-time classes from time to time, through Loyola University in New Orleans, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and St. Joseph's Abbey and Seminary College. I also just finished a doctoral degree in Biblical languages through the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
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