The pocket edition is presented in a slimmed down pocket edition to inspire daily use in prayer at home and when traveling. The text is complimented by a flexible textured binding, gold stamped cover, and three marker ribbons.
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.
Posted by Fr. Pierre (Blais), ThD on 23rd Nov 2016
As the Church must keep firmly to its Truth (Christ) and its Tradition (His living Message), this text allows us to manage, in a small but significant way, the onslaughts of contemporary contingenies of life which seek to impinge on prayer life. In this tiny book, it provides a very well executed translation in English conforming to the Septuagint, though not rigid so as to be lyrically prayerful in its chanting or in quiet meditation (as English is not the most chantable of languages). The 'cell' construction of the text allows for 'cell use' - straight reading - by those more inclined to hesychasm; for those priests making house calls (and supply monastics) or 'on the run', it is of a manageable size and if blessed, allows itself to function in the form of a 'breviary' without the need to threaten the integrity and position of the Offices or one's Typikon by attempting to write competing and experimental novel offices. At the same time, for those who rely on prayer books for various reasons, and as is the general norm for the pious among the laity, one can use this Psalter to fill out the Jordanville prayer book or Syndekemos or any of the other English prayer books which have proven themselves over time of their value, in inserting a kathisma where a psalm or portion of a psalm in printed, to fill out a moring or evening prayer format - or after Small Compline add a kathisma to entend prayer into a Vigil (as beginning and ending prayers for doing so are included). It is conveniently sized for commuting, or carrying on one's person throughout the day, or keeping discretely at one's work station and pull it out now and then for even a verse or two when the press of work distracts one from the ever-presence of God. It is cherished as well for its various other possible arrangements of the psalms included; as well as including the often skipped psalm 151 so as to, in a small way, make a tiny but heard statement against false ecumenism. Over all it has been painstakenly well thought out, taking into consideration the whole of the Church, and not just one segment, and multiple needs and obediences and life situations; and it has been kept at a very reasonable price so as to make it very accessible. And lets not forget, that with a small print out of St. Arsenios' Blessing Psalter in hand, it makes for a welcome supplement of the Small Euchologion for employing the psalms for various blessings in very particular situations.
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