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The '''Psalter''' (also known as the ''Psalms of David'') is the [[Old Testament]] book that contains hymns and poems traditionally ascribed to the [[David|Holy Prophet and King David]], ancestor of our [[Jesus Christ|Lord Jesus Christ]]. Virtually every aspect of worship—praise, thanksgiving, penitence, intercession—is covered in the Psalter.
== The Psalter in Orthodox worship ==
FrOne modern commentator, Bp. [[Georges FlorovskyDemetri (Khoury) of Jableh|Demetri]] , in his foreword to ''Christ in the Psalms'', has described the Psalter as a "golden thread running [which runs] through the beautiful garment that is the divine services of the [[Orthodox Church|Orthodox]]worship. " Indeed, the Psalter forms the core of each of the services of the [[Daily Cycle]], the [[Divine Liturgy]], and the other sacramental offices of the Church.
The Psalter is so prevalent in Orthodox worship that St. [[John Chrysostom]] said that wherever one looks in the Church, he finds the Psalter "first, last, and central."
During the lenten fast, the kathisma readings are accelerated so that the Psalter is read through in its entirety twice each week.
=== Order of Kathisma Readings (based on ''The Typicon'', Chapter 17) ===
*'''''Outside of Great Lent'''''
:Outside Great Lent the kathismata are appointed to be read according to the following cycle:<br><br>
==Editions==
=== Liturgical Editions: Traditional English===
*''The Psalter According to the Seventy'', Holy Transfiguration Monastery (ISBN 0943405009)
*''A Psalter for Prayer'', Holy Trinity Publications, Jordanville, NY, 2011, (ISBN 978-0884651888). A Psalter for Prayer is the first major English edition to include all the prayers needed to read the Psalter at home according to an Orthodox tradition that reaches back to the time of the desert fathers, known popularly as the 'cell rule'. In addition, the contents include many texts, traditionally printed in Orthodox Psalters, that are not easily found in English, such as the Rite for Singing the Twelve Psalms, directions for reading the Psalter for the Departed and much more. Approved for use by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
*''The Psalter of the Prophet and King David with the Nine Biblical Odes'', compiled by Michael Asser, ed. by St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, Center For Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, Etna, CA, 2008 (ISBN 978-0-911165-68-5). Septuagint translation using the King James Version as a template.
*''The Orthodox Psalter: The Psalterion According to the Seventy, With the Nine Odes, and Patristic Commentary'', translated by Holy Apostles Convent, Buena Vista, CO, 2011 (ISBN 978-0-944359-35-8). Available as a pocket edition and a full-size edition with patristic commentary.
=== Liturgical Editions: Contemporary English===
*''Kathisma Psalter with Canticles'', [[Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery (Otego, New York)|Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery]], Otego, NY.
*''The Psalter'', [[New Skete (Cambridge, New York)|New Skete]], Cambridge, NY, 1984. (ISBN 978-0960792450)
*''The Holy Psalter of Prophet and King David'', arranged and edited by Archimandrite Roman Braga, HDM Press ([[Monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God (Rives Junction, Michigan)|Holy Dormition Monastery]] ), MI, 2012.
 
=== Scholarly Editions===
*''A Comparative Psalter'', John Kohlenberger, ed., Oxford, 2006. (ISBN 978-0195297607). This contains the Masoretic Text with translation in the Revised Standard Version, and the Septuagint with translation in the New English Translation of the Septuagint.
*''The Psalter According to the Seventy'', Holy Transfiguration Monastery (ISBN 0943405009)
*[http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/the-russian-orthodox-psalter/5997109 ''The Russian Orthodox Psalter''], translated by David Mitchell James from the 1959 St. Job of Pochaev Press Slavonic edition, compared with the Rahlfs Septuagint, Latin Vulgate and Gallican psalters, using the Coverdale Psalter as a template. Approved for use by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
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