Benedictine Weekly Psalter

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Psalms and canticles throughout the week for praying the Divine Office according to current guidelines for Benedictine communities, with the psalms of Prime distributed over the other Little Hours). The translation is that of The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (Episcopal Church USA). Other material, such as readings, responses, collects, and antiphons, is not included. The book provides for orderly recitation of psalms and canticles in clear type, with plenty of white space and no page flipping. Just page through the psalter as you pray through the week. Anything needed again is repeated. The psalter can be used alone as a contemplative office or to recite the psalm portions of an office such as the Book of Common Prayer, Benedictine Daily Prayer, or Liturgy of the Hours. C1 canticles can be used during most of the year; C2 canticles are for Advent and Lent. Or the C1 and C2 canticles can be used on a two-week cycle, or both canticles can be used as they occur.
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  • By Alan Munday
    Dec 31, 2012
    This is a very good book if you want to use a very full arrangement of the Psalms for each day. The way that it works without having to mess about turning pages to get at different parts, is very helpful and is wonderful in avoiding the distractions that often accompany other versions of the Hours. It is a bare bones Psalter without antiphons, or Psalm prayers and so this is also good if one finds such things a distraction, although a version with these would be handy for those who would like them. If a future edition could also include the Canticles that would make it that much better. One with short readings and prayers, for those not wishing to find another book for these would be very good likewise. The PDF format is handy for portability, but if this could be re-done so that if converted to epub, it would flow properly, this would very greatly improve things for use on epub readers that don't cope so well with the PDF format. Alternatively a carefully produced ePub version would... More > be really wonderful, solving the need to convert with the poor results that using programs like Calibre come up with, unless one is an expert in how to get the text coming our right with such programs. Formatting the Psalms so that they are closer to the left hand of the page as well as not so double spaced, except for paragraph breaks would be very good as well. I dare say that a smaller printed edition of this would be handy for those wanting that format, as would an abbreviated version with readings and prayers which would be useful for those who are travelling, as well as for those for whom the full version is daunting. Perhaps an abbreviate version could be split over two parts, to suit different needs, including one for an shorter version of vigils and another for the rest of the Hours. Although I have suggested a number of improvements, I have welcomed having copies of both the printed and pdf version so far, including updating to the 2nd Revision. I very much appreciate the time and effort that Scott Knitter has put into this. This book is a very helpful addition to the range of Office books, especially for those wanting to get as close as possible to the Benedictine ethos of the Hours.< Less
  • By emailok
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Who should buy this book. Why you should buy this book." Buy this book if you are: 1. A Benedictine oblate. 2. Interested in monasticism for lay people. 3. Interested in the monastic liturgy of the hours. 4. Interested in St. Benedict and his Rule. This book is a powerful resource if you are in one of the above groups. This books meets the technical needs of those seeking to pray the Psalms each week. But it is not the technical merits of the book — following the Thesaurus Liturgiae Horarum Monasticae, Schema A2 — that causes me to suggest that Benedictines buy this book. It’s the book’s beauty. As with much of the beauty found in Benedictine life, the "Benedictine Weekly Psalter" is a creation of beauty because of its balance. The way the book’s size, off-white page color, complementing font styles, white space, placement of the names of the days of the week and hour to be prayed, page numbers, and even the weight of the book are details over which attention... More > was given in classic Benedictine style. Everything is in balance. And from that balance of the details comes the beauty of the whole.< Less
  • By nolan
    Aug 23, 2008
    "Re: Who should buy this book. Why you should buy this book." Beautifully done. Nice layout. One doesn't have to flip pages for common psalms used daily, e.g., the invitatory in Vigils and daily Compline. But this spiral-bound book will not hold up under daily use. Also are there plans to publish a hard-bound edition? And why not include the canticles, e.g., the Benedictus, Magnificat, 3rd nocturn of Sunday Vigils, and daily Lauds?
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September 30, 2011
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