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Psalters?
« on: September 11, 2005, 11:17:18 AM »
Hi! I have not posted in awhile (a few years) but have read the boards fairly often. I was wondering if anyone has used these two books for prayer and what they think of them?

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The Psalter According to the Seventy: By Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Spiritual Psalter: By St. Ephraim the Syrian

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2005, 04:50:04 PM »
Hey Innocent. I've read parts of the second book A Spiritual Psalter by St. Ephraim the Syrian and it is sooo beautiful. the prayers and just the way the words are put even in english is just so amazing. You have to read that book. The first 1 i heard isreally great too but this one is more of a traditional psalters widely used. The second is more so a unique book of the thoughts of St. ephraim.

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2005, 04:58:16 PM »
my church uses the Holy Transfiguration Monastery psalter, and i highly recommend it. the translations are beautiful, not super-modern but totally understandable and readable, and the type is big enough to chant/pray from easily. i have yet to get a copy for myself, but plan to in the near future.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2005, 05:49:26 PM »
Thank you! I'm most likely going to get both of them.

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Re: Psalters?
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2005, 05:54:05 PM »
I use both.
I find the Spiritual Psalter to be an excellent book of prayers of repentance.
The Language of the Psalter According to the Seventy flows very well, and it includes the prayers for the dead for when we vigil the departed. It also has notes on the division of the Psalter for the various Hours and days of the week, and the Psalms are seperated into their Stasis and Kathisma. All English services I have attended use this text.
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Re: Psalters?
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2005, 01:45:31 AM »

Hi! I have not posted in awhile (a few years) but have read the boards fairly often. I was wondering if anyone has used these two books for prayer and what they think of them?

Thanks!
Innocent

The Psalter According to the Seventy: By Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Spiritual Psalter: By St. Ephraim the Syrian


I haven't had experience of the latter, but the former is online at http://www.pomog.org (Protection of the Mother of God), so you can familiarise yourself with the text before you decide to buy it. It is deliberately set up to make it difficult to save on your computer's hard drive (though not impossible ;)) since sales of the Psalter are one of HTM's few sources of income.

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2005, 02:07:57 AM »
With that innocent smile, I know we'll have to trade some files once I get into town.  Three weeks from today ! 

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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2005, 11:46:50 AM »
Thanks for the link!

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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2005, 05:30:52 PM »
Light & Life has a affordable book(12.99 US) "The Hours of Prayer: A Book of Devotion by Fr. Leonty Durkit.

Worth the $$

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Re: Psalters?
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2005, 07:06:45 PM »
Light & Life has a affordable book(12.99 US) "The Hours of Prayer: A Book of Devotion by Fr. Leonty Durkit.

Worth the $$

JB

That looks like a really nice prayer book I think I will pick it up. Thank You!

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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2005, 01:47:15 AM »
Funny you should ask this question!  I just received both of those books in the mail this morning (I ordered them from the USA last Tuesday, and they arrived in Australia yesterday).  Browsing through them and then reading "Spiritual Psalter" at lunchtime, I was particularly touched at the beauty of this book and the words / prayers are so fitting for every day situations.  I also bought "The Psalter" because eventually, I would like to start reading it daily to get myself into the habit as in the future I would like to be a monastic.

I ordered both books from  http://www.archangelsbooks.com/default.asp and found they were very helpful - and talk about quick service!!! :-)

The "Spiritual Psalter", I think would also make a special gift for someone.
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2005, 10:36:46 AM »
Light & Life has a affordable book(12.99 US) "The Hours of Prayer: A Book of Devotion by Fr. Leonty Durkit.

Worth the $$

JB

I just received the book by FR. Leonty. I'm very impressed. It is a huge prayer book and well worth the money. The quality is also very high. Thanks again!

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« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2005, 12:59:03 PM »
I have the Psalter by Holy Transfiguration Monastery, but don't use it because it is too archaic and awkward for me to use. Stuff like: "My brethren were big and good, but the Lord took not pleasure in them."
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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2005, 12:50:53 AM »
Not sure why, but personally I think I like the Psalter from the HTM, I like the translation for some reason, even though some consider it to be archaic, it seems more flowy to me, and I guess since I'm used to hearing the psalms chanted in Church, it just makes sense that I would like this translation I guess.  I personally prefer this one to just using the Bible because of how it is set up into sections, and how there's a lot of information in the back of the book, I also like that it is hard cover and not easy to get damaged. 

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