Psalter Group

A year or so ago, one of the local Presbytera’s invited the women of our church to join her parish in reading the Psalter (not to be confused with The Spiritual Psalter which is a compilation of poems and prayers by St. Ephraim the Syrian, also one of my favorite books!) during the 40 day fasting periods.Β  I fell in love with this tradition and am hoping to carry it on here on this blog.

The way it works is, each person participating is assigned a certain kathisma (or group of Psalms) to begin with and you just continue with the next kathisma each day. Between everyone the entire psalter is read every day throughout the fast. Then you read the trisagion prayers and pray for everyone in the group.

It is done at home whenever you are able to read it. There are no designated times, as long as you read it at some point each day. I find it easiest to read in the morning. Sometimes I stand before the icon and other times I read it with my coffee. I’ve even read it waiting in the doctor’s office. Whatever works for you is fine.Β  A quiet moment may not always present itself, but I find whenever I read it, a peaceful silence comes over my heart.Β  Perhaps, that ‘s better anyway, to be able to create peace and quiet amid chaos.

It’s a very spiritually edifying activity.

You can either read your assignments from the Psalter itself or from the book of Psalms in the Bible.

If anyone is interested in participating please leave a comment on this post. We need at least 20 people. I will post a list of everyone’s starting point on Saturday night, so please sign up asap if you’re interested.

Hope you’ll join in!

 

104 thoughts on “Psalter Group

  1. What a fabulous idea! I just received a copy of the psalter from a very dear friend and was hoping to read through it during the fast. This will make it even more special!

  2. we would LOVE to join you! I've been in/organized this for the past 5 years, each lent… and haven't done it yet this year, so it would be such a blessing to join you all! when i get 40 women, is to assign 2 women to each Kathisma/Group of Psalms! What a blessing it will be to offer the entire Psalter up to the Lord each day as we prepare for his Nativity! Thank you for organizing this! (if we are not too late) πŸ˜‰ love in Christ, yeoryia i also put a lot of quotes/research @ the increasing of reading of the Psalms in Lenten Periods…. which ended up being interviewed on Ancient Faith Radio a couple years ago!!! maybe i will send you the link if i find it! BLessings… and my Oct. 31st blessings/miracles are still coming to you soon!!! πŸ˜‰

    1. Of course! We’d be happy to have you join us! Pray to St. Thomais for your husband! I’ll email her story to you if you’d like. Am also planning on posting it closer to her feastday (01-01). <3

    1. Fotini, it sounds confusing, I know, but it’s really very simple. I will give everyone a kathisma to begin on. First person to sign up begins on kathisma 1, second person begins on kathisma 2, and so on. Each day we move on to the next one, everybody reading a different one. Between each group, the entire Psalter is read each day for the entire 40 days. πŸ™‚ If you still have questions, please let me know!

      1. What do you mean “Each day we move on to the next one, everybody reading a different one”? I’d like to participate, but I still don’t understand how this works or what the goal is for the group.

  3. Hello!

    I am 6 months new to the Orthodox faith and am very interested in participating in this wonderful endeavor! Please let me know how to begin, and thanks for setting this up! What a great use of technology! πŸ™‚

    Maria

    1. Hannah, the sign ups for this year have just been posted! You can sign up there! πŸ™‚ Thanks for joining!

  4. I would like to join the group. I have never heard of this or done this before. but would love to try. Btw, thank you for your blog, you are an inspiration. I don’t know how you do it.

    Fotini
    Mom of 2 boys from PA

  5. Dear Sylvia, I am thrilled to have found you and your website. I am so grateful for what you are doing….I would love to be a part of the 2014 psalter reading group. My baptismal name is ‘Elenee’. I attend the Greek Orthodox Church in Columbus, Ohio, teach Sunday School to the High School class, volunteer at a Christian Pregnancy Help Center, among other pro-life activities, have 4 beloved children, ages 17 to 24, 2 sheep (for the wool), 4 chickens, one dog and one cat, and have been knitting since I was 8. I was going to try to start a psalter group at our church, but after I saw your website, I had to contact you.
    Christ is In our midst……Elaine

    1. Hi Elaine! Glad to have you join us! What wonderful work you do! We seem to have quite a few things in common. πŸ™‚ God bless you and many prayers for a fruitful Lenten season!

  6. Hi Sylvia, I would love to join group. My baptismal name is Yulia. I do like your blog. Lets pray together! With love in Christ .

  7. I know it’s so late in the fast, but I just came across this , and it sounds so nice!

    Thank you Barbara

  8. I’d like to join your Psalter reading group as well please
    I would also like to your advice of a complete orthodox prayer book in English for my daughter Ioana , she is 12, which I can buy online from USA. Not many that I find on Internet in UK so I am looking up at you guys !
    Many thanks
    Maria-Magdalena

  9. My baptismal name is Alexandra. I hope I am not too late to join the Psalter readings for Pascha 2016.. I have been looking for a group to join. Thank you for your website.

      1. Hi,
        I have signed up on Sunday but have not received an email from you yet

        Maria Magdalena

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