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Scripture in Letters - Psalms:

Each citation has the following:

  • Scripture Text Cited, Date of Letter or NA ( Not Available)
  • Text from Letter Itself
  • Number of Letter
  • Recipient of Letter

Psalm 91:12 May 30, 1847

"Your Holy Guardian Angels accompany you and all your school children and boarding pupils in all your ways "that your foot not slip and knock against a stone."

#714 * Sisters

Psalm 110:1 February 3, 1846

Here, as everywhere, He makes His enemies his footstool.

#598 Royal Bavarian Governor

Psalm 110:1 October 7, 1855

They find fulfillment in this, that though they are frustrated, His enemies in the end are made His footstool.

#2037 Reverend Pastor of Wilheim

Psalm 110:1 March 31, 1865

This is to us an encouraging sign that the thing is of God, who will lay these enemies as a footstool at His feet.

#3844 Reverend John Muellner

Psalm 115:15 January 6, 1857

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

#2340 Miss Fanny

Psalm 119:71 March 21, 1877 118:70 Psalm

"It is good for me that you have humbled me," said the royal prophet in the psalm.

#5235 Sister Mary Ignatia


Psalm 126:5 May 31, 1855

God grant that what they sow in tears they may reap in joy in the end.

#1946 Chaplain of Pfaffenhofen

Psalm 126:5-6 September 14, 1854

The Lord will reward you, and may He grant that what was sown in tears may be reaped in joy.

#1722 Reverend Hoermann

Psalm 126:5-6 May 24, 1856

May the Lord grant that what the sisters have sown amid tears may sooner or later yield a blessed harvest according to His Holy Will.

#3166 Reverend Professor

Psalm 127:1 June 16, 1861

We thank God if the work and effort of the sisters has been fruitful, for if the Lord of the house does not build, the builders work in vain.

#3264 Baroness von Bickendorf

Psalm 127:1 February 14, 1872

What will all our work and worry profit if the Lord does not build the house?

#4664 Pastor in St. Louis

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