Monthly Table of Psalms


Be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
THE PSALTER: PSALMS OF DAVID


[David's Psalter was originally translated from the Latin Vulgate by Coverdale in his bible before there was an English prayer book. The translators of the King James Authorized Version used Hebrew as their source. At this link find a topical listing of recommended psalms, another form of the plan shown below to read through the psalms in sequence every 30 days, as was an ancient tradition, and also a numerical link to each psalm]

Daily Psalms for a monthly reading of the Psalter
Day of Month | Psalms at Morning Prayer | Psalms at Evening Prayer

 1 |   1-5   |   6-8                2  |   9-11   |  12-14
 3 |  15-17  |  18                  4  |  19-21   |  22-23
 5 |  24-26  |  27-29               6  |  30-31   |  32-34
 7 |  35-36  |  37                  8  |  38-40   |  41-43
 9 |  44-46  |  47-49              10  |  50-52   |  53-55
11 |  56-58  |  59-61              12  |  62-64   |  65-67
13 |  68     |  69-70              14  |  71-72   |  73-74
15 |  75-77  |  78                 16  |  79-81   |  82-85
17 |  86-88  |  89                 18  |  90-92   |  93-94
19 |  95-97  |  98-101             20  | 102-103  | 104
21 | 105     | 106                 22  | 107      | 108-109
23 | 110-113 | 114-115             24  | 116-118  | 119 (-32)
25 | 119(-72)| 119(-103)           26  | 119(-144)| 119 (-150)
27 | 120-125 | 126-131             27  | 132-135  | 136-138
29 | 139-140 | 141-143             30  | 144-146  | 147-150
                                     Repeat day 30 on day 31
Book of Common Prayer 1928


Psalms for Sundays in the Church Year


SINGING THE PSALMS


King Hezekiah and the officials ordered the Levites to sing praises to the LORD with the words of David and Asaph the seer.
So they sang praises with joy, and bowed down and worshiped.


The psalms were written in Hebrew to be sung at worship. The Latin, Greek, and other later translators carried forward this criterion in chant. Later metrical psalms were composed in the 16th century to provide a musical setting in selected meters (e.g., CM, LM, SM, etc.)

Psalms in Meter
Midi to accompany the psalms

A very simple plainsong form using the verse in a bible is one that anyone can master: Pointed psalms have two discernible sections to a line divided by punctuation or a symbol. Sing as you would read it aloud, using punctuation for normal pauses. Use a slow even cadence as you would speak. Pause at commas as you would in speech. Do not extend any word/note. All words may be sung at the same note. Alternatively, as follows: In the first section one may raise the last syllable(s), or word, one note, or raise the first syllable. Breath at the symbol dividing the sections. In the second part, sing the next to the last syllable two notes lower, and the last syllable one note lower the normal plain song tone and extended. Experiment to find a form and arrangement you are comfortable using that may be done without notations. If using for group singing, you may wish to print off and further point the syllables, or use a cantor to sing each line which is then repeated by the congregation, or the congregation may sing only the last line of a set.

Example of a few verses of Ps 69: from the normal note of singing the verse in the same note at a slow but natural tempo to the | red one note higher, then in the second half of the verse the same note to the | and then
green two notes lower,and blue one lower than the normal note of the verse.

1 Save me, O | God * for the waters are come in even unto | my soul.
2 I stick fast in the deep mire, where no ground | is * I am come into deep waters, so that the floods run o |ver me.
7 And Why? for thy sake have I suffered | reproof (or "re | proof")* Shame hath covered | my face.


Several Ways to Sing the Psalms

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