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St. Benin's Church in County Galway
Ireland. Photo by Andreas F. Borchert
Saint Benignus did not know about Jesus until he heard Saint Patrick of Ireland preach. Once he became a Christian, Benignus became Saint Patrick’s “psalm singer” – in other words, he led the singing and chanting when Saint Patrick celebrated Mass. Later, Benignus became the bishop of Ireland.
Today, you can be a psalm singer, too. Many of the hymns we sing at Mass are psalms set to music, such as Psalm 29. Pick your favorite and sing it out loud.