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The Monastic Discipline of Psalmody

Luke Dysinger OSB

in Psalmody and Prayer in the Writings of Evagrius Ponticus

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273201
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199273200.003.0003

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Monastic Discipline of Psalmody

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In the fourth century, the Book of Psalms gradually displaced other biblical texts used in so-called ‘canonical prayers’. Among the monks, psalmody was one of the exterior ascetical practices which, together with fasting, keeping vigil, and restraint of speech, were recommended by almost all the desert fathers of the late fourth century. John Cassian was one of the most important witnesses to the practice and spirituality of psalmody. The practice and spirit of psalmody are discussed.

Keywords: psalmody; practice; spirituality; Book of Psalms; monks; John Cassian

Chapter.  6008 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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