Some editions of the ArtScroll siddur have the following instruction before Yehi Khevod (in pesukei dezimra):

The following prayer should be recited with special intensity.

What is the source for this?

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    In the sidurim based on Rav Chayim Vital and the Ar"i, there are lengthy explanations about how each pasuk contains the 4-letter Name, for a total of 18, which (besides matching the 6 permutations of the 3-letter name ש-די) correspond to parallel 9s, representing the world above and the world below, and represented by the parallel טs in the name מטטרון, who serves as the intermediary between the two worlds. This connection, expressed through God's name(s), engenders the special intensity. – WAF Jul 14 '14 at 13:29
  • There is a certain collection of sidurim that contain a lot of counting based commentary, especially in terms of counting instances of the 4-letter Name. See also the compilation after birchos k'ri'as Sh'ma at ma'ariv outside the land, and T'hilim 27 (according to Rabbi Shneur Leiman). – WAF Jul 14 '14 at 13:32
  • @WAF "...and represented by the parallel טs in the name מטטרון..." See Chulin (60a) that the first verse (y'hi ch'vod) was recited by Metatron (according to Tosafos s.v. פסוק זה; see also Tosafos on Y'vamos 16b s.v. פסוק זה) when species of grass differentiated themselves in Creation based on their inference from HaShem's command to the trees. – Fred Jul 14 '14 at 18:41
  • R' Shimon Schwab in the book of his shiurim on prayer, says that this is "of an especially elevated nature, and therefore one should try not to omit it," but doesn't actually speak about how one should say it. – yitznewton Jul 18 '14 at 14:45
  • I often wondered whether it was a misprint and the comment was meant to appear before Ashrei. – CashCow Jan 15 '15 at 17:50

Sidur Bes Yaakov (Emden) says of this paragraph:

אומרו במתון וכונה ושמחה

That is:

Say it with calmness, direction of thought, and joy.

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  • I can't find this in the old edition (it should go after the top three lines). In the newer one it's in square brackets. Is it a later addition? – Kazi bácsi Oct 12 at 11:02

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