Saint David the King (973 B.C.)

David, the great king and prophet of the Old Testament, whom we call Saint David on his feast day, lived a thousand years before Our Lord. He was King of Israel for forty years, from 1013 to 973. He was seventy years old when he died. Despite his human frailty, his will was notably attached to the love and service and praise of God. It was King David who wrote the one hundred and fifty Psalms which the Catholic Church uses in every part of its prayer, in the Mass and in the Divine Office. King David has been called “a man after God’s own Heart.”

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King David playing his harp