Lent may be the season set aside especially for repentance, but we recognize that repentance is a process in which we are continually engaged for the entirety of our earthly lives. This is why the Church, in Her wisdom, has prescribed the final Psalm of today's reading (Psalm 50/51) to be a regular part of our life of prayer. Most morning and evening prayers include this Psalm. It is the first Psalm read during Paraklesis and Akathis services, and it is even read by the priest during the cherubic hymn - right at the heart of the Divine Liturgy!
Why is this Psalm so important to the Church? What does this Psalm teach us about repentance? How does praying this Psalm change our hearts?