It is Great Lent again! I can hardly believe it, it still feels like Christmas was just yesterday. How the days fly… I spent my first morning reading my kathisma on my front porch. This is my favorite time of year to lie on the porch swing and soak up the early morning sun while the breeze still has a chill to it. Just right for a cup of hot tea and the Psalter.
During fasting periods I try to spend my spare time on things beneficial to my soul, which includes less time on my phone, but I had to run in the house and grab it to take a few photos and a little video to share with you. It was just too perfect not to share. If you pay close attention you’ll see a flock of birds that flew by and hear the singing of their friends.
If you follow me on facebook and instagram, you’ll notice that I won’t be posting like I normally do (this is actually something I’ll be talking about in another post, too). I’m going to try to keep posts to a minimum and will only be sharing things I find that I find inspiring and that might be of help to others along their journey as well. I will be sporadically posting photos of where and how I’m reading my Psalter with the hashtag #psaltergroups. Feel free to join in! It’s fun to see the different places it’s being read.
I can hardly believe we’ve been doing this for six years! It warms my heart to know so many of you love this tradition and find comfort and encouragement in it as I do. Thank you all so much for joining me each time. I so look forward to your company. <3
Here are the assigned readings for the Psalter Groups for Great Lent 2014.
Names are numbered in order of where you begin.
*Be sure to look through all the lists for your name. It will be as you signed up. There are a lot of Mary’s, Maria’s, Katherine’s, etc. Make sure you’re looking at the right one! I included usernames or emails wherever I could to make it a bit easier, too. So PLEASE read through the whole list until you’re sure you found your name. If you’re not positive, leave a comment and I will clarify.
Like last time, I am going to be periodically posting various writings on the benefits of reading the Psalter. Some of the things written are absolutely beautiful.
Before beginning to read your assigned kathisma, please recite the Trisagion prayers (and the prayer at the bottom of this post if you choose):
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
O heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who art in all places and fillest all things; Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us and cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal: have mercy on us. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy God, visit and heal our infirmities for thy Name’s sake.
Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
At the end of each kathisma please recite the following:
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Glory to you, O God. (twice)
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Glory to you, O God our hope, O Lord, glory to You. Lord have mercy on (name of each person in your group).
******People in group 5, please check back periodically since more people will most likely be added to your group, so you can add their names to your prayer list. And as always, if you have any questions at all, let me know!
Don’t become discouraged if you miss some, it takes time to build a habit and anything you read is more than you would have read if you hadn’t signed up! Kali Dynami!
Readings (The Psalm numbers before each Kathisma are for people following along from the book of Psalms in their Bible)
- Day 1– Psalms 1-8 (Kathisma 1)
- Day 2– Psalms 9-17 (Kathisma 2)
- Day 3– Psalms 18-24 (Kathisma 3)
- Day 4–Psalms 25-32 (Kathisma 4)
- Day 5– Psalms 33-37 (Kathisma 5)
- Day 6– Psalms 38-46 (Kathisma 6)
- Day 7– Psalms 47-55 (Kathisma 7)
- Day 8– Psalms 56-64 (Kathisma 8)
- Day 9– Psalms 65-70 (Kathisma 9)
- Day 10– Psalms 71-77 (Kathisma 10)
- Day 11– Psalms 78-85 (Kathisma 11)
- Day 12– Psalms 86-91 (Kathisma 12)
- Day 13– Psalms 92-101 (Kathisma 13)
- Day 14– Psalms 102-105 (Kathisma 14)
- Day 15– Psalms 106-109 (Kathisma 15)
- Day 16– Psalms 110-118 (Kathisma 16)
- Day 17– Psalms 119 (Kathisma 17)
- Day 18– Psalms 120-134 (Kathisma 18)
- Day 19– Psalms 135-143 (Kathisma 19)
- Day 20– Psalms 144-150 (Kathisma 20)
- Day 21–start over
3. Irene (Rena)
4. Paraskevi (Vicki)
6. Georgia (Geri)
8. Asimeni & Savina
9. Maria L.
10. Christine (Kristy)
11. Irene (grkdoxa)
12. Matushka Andrea
13. Veronica (Jessica)
14. Helena (Carey)
16. Anastasia (Robin)
17. Katherine (Leah)
18. Panayiota (Teresa)
20. Laura Ophelia
1. Vasiliki (vkchristou)
2. Olga (Tammy)
3. Cara (akmom)
6. Pr. Kalli
8. Helen (hmalah)
10. Matushka Constantina
11. Katherine (Janice)
12. Jeannine Maria
13. Elizabeth (Lisa)
15. Maria (Linda)
16. Anastasia (Ashley)
1. Nicole (Nicki G.)
3. Jessica (Jordan)
5. Anna Maria
6. Eleni (Ginny)
7. Rachel (rachelrtree)
9. Sophia (skonstantarakis)
14. Sylvia Irene
20. Deanna (pravda
1. Nicholas (orthodoxboy)
2. Catherine (Lori)
7. Sophia (Robyn)
8. Helen (Elana)
11. Elenee (Elaine)
12. Anna (Hollie)
13. Konstantina (Connie)
16. Christina (dmtheta)
8. Presbytera Lisa
9. Tatiana (Carrie)
(Note: check back periodically for names of new group members!)
This prayer was taken from the ebook A Psalter for Prayer and I just love it. It is meant to be read before reading The Psalter.