Psalter Group Assignments {Great Lent 2014}

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.

Psalter Reading

Psalter Reading

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)

  1. Day 1– Psalms 1-8 (Kathisma 1)
  2. Day 2– Psalms 9-17 (Kathisma 2)
  3. Day 3– Psalms 18-24 (Kathisma 3)
  4. Day 4–Psalms 25-32 (Kathisma 4)
  5. Day 5– Psalms 33-37 (Kathisma 5)
  6. Day 6– Psalms 38-46 (Kathisma 6)
  7. Day 7– Psalms 47-55 (Kathisma 7)
  8. Day 8– Psalms 56-64 (Kathisma 8)
  9. Day 9– Psalms 65-70 (Kathisma 9)
  10. Day 10– Psalms 71-77 (Kathisma 10)
  11. Day 11– Psalms 78-85 (Kathisma 11)
  12. Day 12– Psalms 86-91 (Kathisma 12)
  13. Day 13– Psalms 92-101 (Kathisma 13)
  14. Day 14– Psalms 102-105 (Kathisma 14)
  15. Day 15– Psalms 106-109 (Kathisma 15)
  16. Day 16– Psalms 110-118 (Kathisma 16)
  17. Day 17– Psalms 119 (Kathisma 17)
  18. Day 18– Psalms 120-134 (Kathisma 18)
  19. Day 19– Psalms 135-143 (Kathisma 19)
  20. Day 20– Psalms 144-150 (Kathisma 20)
  21. Day 21–start over

Group One

1. Sevasti
2. Kalliope
3. Irene (Rena)
4. Paraskevi (Vicki)
5. Kyranna
6. Georgia (Geri)
7.  Chrysovalandou
8.  Asimeni & Savina
9.  Maria L.
10.  Christine (Kristy)
11. Irene (grkdoxa)
12. Matushka Andrea
13. Veronica (Jessica)
14.  Helena (Carey)
15. Tamra
16. Anastasia (Robin)
17.  Katherine (Leah)
18. Panayiota (Teresa)
19. Cassie
20. Laura Ophelia

Group Two

1. Vasiliki (vkchristou)
2. Olga (Tammy)
3. Cara (akmom)
4. Rebecca
5. Nonna
6. Pr. Kalli
7.  Justin
8.  Helen (hmalah)
9.  Shelby
10.  Matushka Constantina
11. Katherine (Janice)
12. Jeannine Maria
13. Elizabeth (Lisa)
14. JoAnna
15. Maria (Linda)
16. Anastasia (Ashley)
17. Strategoula
18. Molly
19. Anna
20. Silvia-Veronica

Group Three

1. Nicole (Nicki G.)
2. Marianthy
3. Jessica (Jordan)
4. Jessica
5. Anna Maria
6. Eleni (Ginny)
7. Rachel (rachelrtree)
8.Melitina
9. Sophia (skonstantarakis)
10. Alexandra
11. Philip
12. Athanasios
13. Daniel
14. Sylvia Irene
15.Panagiotis
16. Ekaterina
17. Selaphiel
18.Seraphima (Beatrice)
19.  Justine
20. Deanna (pravda

Group Four

1. Nicholas (orthodoxboy)
2. Catherine (Lori)
3. Blandina
4. Dionysia
5. Mariam
6. Yorgos
7. Sophia (Robyn)
8. Helen (Elana)
9. Iakavos
10. Petar
11. Elenee (Elaine)
12.  Anna (Hollie)
13.  Konstantina (Connie)
14. Marie-Elaine
15. Garifalia
16.  Christina (dmtheta)
17. Yulia
18. Jared
19. Melissa
20. Juliani

Group Five

1. Linda
2. Ioana-Teodora
3. Theresa
4. Lynette
5. Xenia
6. Katerina
7. Vasiliki
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.

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Comments

  1. Connie (Konstantina) says:

    Would you please add me? I thought I had posted a request, but probably did it on the FB page instead of here. Thank you and Kalí Sarrakostí!

    • Orthodox Mom says:

      You did sign up, Konstantina! I confused you with someone else who is also Connie/Constantina! :) Sorry! You’ve been added!

  2. Marie-Elaine says:

    Sylvia,
    Could you please add me?? Thank you and God Bless!

  3. laura goerke says:

    ty

  4. Christina says:

    May I participate as well if it’s not too late? Thank you!

  5. Julie Kallinicou says:

    Please add me to Group 4. My baptismal name is Juliani. Thank you!

  6. I was having trouble signing up with my phone so I popped over using the PC. Can you please add me? Thanks so much!

  7. Theresa Morgan says:

    I would like to sign up if not too late. I live in Pickerington, Ohio.

  8. NICHOLAS RITCHEY says:

    Will we continue during Holy Week or does it en with the end of Great Lent?

    • Orthodox Mom says:

      Hi Nicholas! It ends at Holy Week to give us time for all of the services, etc. during that time. :) Kali Sarakosti!

  9. Linda Christy says:

    Please add me to a group!
    I have the Psalter in the pictures!

  10. Becky Stath Smith says:

    I am not sure I understand how the group readings work.

    • Orthodox Mom says:

      Hi Becky, it does sound a bit complicated until you get the hang of it but I promise it’s super simple once you get started! First, are you using the book of Psalms from your Bible or a Psalter?

  11. Please add me to the group! I’m sorry for responding late.

  12. elaine kent says:

    Being a part of the Psalter group has been a Lenten blessing for me – thank you again Sylvia! I just wanted to let the people in group 5, Linda, Ioanna, Theresa, Lynette and Xenia, know that I added you to my group and pray for you as well. With love in Christ, Elenee

    • Orthodox Mom says:

      Oh, Elenee that is so incredibly thoughtful of you. You don’t know how much I appreciate that! I need all the prayers I can get! :) I always keep all the groups in my prayers as well so it’s nice to know we are both praying for each other. Please thank all of the members of your group for me. Blessed Lent to you all! xoxo

    • Thank you Elenee. I really appreciate your prayers. Blessings to you.

  13. Katerina says:

    Hi Sylvia
    I would like to be added to the list, but I don’t know how it works and if I’m eligible. I live in Greece and I would be reading the Psalms in Greek. Is that OK?

    • Orthodox Mom says:

      Katerina, of course that’s fine! You will be in Group Five and will start off on Kathisma Six. Which means today you would read kathisma Four, then tomorrow Five and Sunday we start over, and you’ll read Six. Check the page for the prayers to recite before and after! I’m so glad you’re joining us! If you have any other questions let me know! :)

  14. Vasiliki says:

    Hello there,

    Is it too late to join the Psalter group? I just ran across this site and would appreciate participating. Please let me know. Thank you!.

    • Orthodox Mom says:

      Nope! Never too late, I’m always glad to have new members! I will add you to Group Five now. If you have any questions, just let me know! :)

  15. Presvytera Lisa says:

    Hi Sevasti,
    This is wonderful! Please will you add me to a list! Thankyou! Pres. Lisa Goussetis

  16. May I join? Sorry so late and thanks for offering this! :)

  17. I am so glad to have found your space. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend the last 30 minutes or so perusing. Orthodox moms unite!

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