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Pishoy Salama , or by contacting Matthew Massoud at. The Holy Psalmody is a means for praise, prayer, thanksgiving, glorification, and appeal to God. This book gives us a brief historical overview of the Psalmody, its biblical origin, and the sayings of the fathers concerning singing hymns, especially the Psalms. It takes us on a spiritual journey of meditation to uncover the meaning, beauty and the spirituality behind each part of the Sunday Psalmody.

It encourages us in the First Canticle to join together in praising the Lord and to lead a life of repentance, as it recounts the crossing of the Red Sea symbolizing the baptism to get to a new life of repentance. The Second Canticle brings to light the life of Thanksgiving beginning by giving thanks to the Lord, professing His glory, and the perfection of His creation.

We are then brought to the point of persecution in the Third Canticle. The devil has seen the strength of the Lord, and our journey to salvation, and begins to send his hosts of demons to destroy us. The Three Youths bring to light the true life of Christianity and the endurance through trials and tribulations.

Now that we have tasted heaven, let us go forth and fight for it. We have to seek repentance and humility because these are the keys to heaven. The author then guides us through the Sunday Theotokia, meditating not only on the symbol of St. Mary but also on her life of humility and service being the highest saint of heaven, and the perfect model of Christianity.

The Sunday Theotokia ends with the hymn Aven Piarshi-Eirevs which provides a wonderful image to the believer concerning the death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. From my heart I deeply thank the author for his great effort in researching this topic.

May this book be a blessing to those who read it so that they may savor the richness of the Holy Psalmody and praise the Lord with understanding, with humility and with joy through the intercession of St. Mary the mother of God, the prayers of all the saints, and through the prayers of our beloved father H. Pope Shenouda III. Glory be to God forever.

It elevates the spirit, and through the grace of God, purifies us from all our sins and blemishes. Because of the beauty that lies in this great service, there are many aspects of the Psalmody which an individual may meditate on and learn from.

The Psalmody is comprised of selected sections of the Holy Bible. It is then followed by Tentheno, which is comprised of selected passages from the midnight prayers of the Agpeya. We will try to cover as much as possible so that we may meditate at all times on the One Who died for us and loved us. May the Lord bless those who have preserved this great prayer throughout the generations, and continue to bless those who are trying to master it so that we may praise the Name of our Creator.

This additional Scripture is wrongly titled the Apocrypha. For the Orthodox Church they are Canonical Books. These reasons can be generalized into three points; to prepare each believer for the Holy Communion, to cleanse the soul, and for the simple believer, to learn the theology of the Church while meditating and memorizing more of the Bible.

In his letter to the Corinthians, St. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. Its significance is great in our lives, for without it, we cannot live with our Lord.

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed and My blood is drink indeed. We, as the believers of the Church, have been blessed with a great sacrament. How then should we prepare ourselves for this Holy sacrament so that we may benefit from it? Our Lord Jesus Christ instructed us on how to receive Him through the parable of the ten virgins.

This parable centers around five wise virgins and five foolish virgins, who had their lamps and awaited the coming of the bridegroom Matthew Although this parable can be likened to the end of days, it can also be used to explain how we should approach the altar each time we partake in the Holy Communion. In the story of the ten virgins, when the bridegroom came at midnight, those who had enough oil for their lamps and who had readied themselves went in with Him. Those, however, who were not vigilant enough found the door shut, being deprived of not only the presence of the bridegroom, but of the joy and love that came with being in His presence.

This is also why the first line of the Psalmody begins with Tentheno Arise O Children of the Light because we become like the five wise virgins who arose from their slumber and lit their lamps and became children of the light to enter in with the bridegroom, our Lord Jesus Christ. Not only should our hearts be ready for the coming of the Lord, but the Church should also be made clean for our King.

When a great authority comes to visit, you must welcome him with the finest apparel, presenting him gifts worthy of his status. If a feast is held in his name, all things should be clean. In the same way, the accessories of the altar are kept in a safe manner and are made spotless. Unworthy, indeed, both our eyes of these sights, and unworthy are our ears! How then, can we prepare ourselves using the Psalmody? Both these verses signify prayers of repentance.

The topics of the Nature of Christ, the virginity of our mother St. Mary and other topics are often left to the priests and theologians to discover and indulge in. Yet through the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, the Church has mastered the teachings of Theology and has presented it to us in a Holy and understandable manner even though the topics are not as complicated as we make them to be.

Throughout the parts of the Psalmody we are able to understand the role of the Holy Trinity, and we are taught how God is Three-in-One and One-in-Three as well as many other topics. The Sunday Theotokia will be explored in depth later on. Through the Psalmody, we also learn more about the Bible and are able to memorize it and hymn it. Pope Shenouda III mentions the beauty behind this when he says that this not only helps us meditate and hear the Words of God when we pray, but in reciting them over and over, we learn to memorize them so that we become enflamed and surrounded by the Holy Words of God.

Therefore the word Theotokos means God-bearer and commonly translated as Mother of God. Chapter 2 - Biblical References Concerning the Holy Psalmody There are many verses in the Bible that symbolize the importance of hymnology and singing the psalms as a means to benefit our lives with God. We have already looked at how the parable of the ten virgins mimics the Psalmody.

There are also other striking verses that bring to light the beauty and use of the Psalmody. Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? The Psalmody is comprised as mentioned in the introduction of many psalms. The psalms are a beautiful means for us to pray to God. They allow the soul to express its emotions in a Holy manner before God, by the use of the words of David the Prophet and other psalmists, who wrote these prayers by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They lift the soul to heaven into the presence of our Holy God.

Although St. Paul and St. Silas may have not used the exact prayer of the Psalmody, the similarities found in the praying of Psalmody and their prayers are great in number. First, they did two important things; prayed and sang. You cannot have one without the other. They offered their hearts and their mouths as sacrifices of praise. The power of the Psalmody done by St. Silas were so great before the Lord that our King caused the earth to quake for them. The simple prayers of two men gave them the authority through our Lord to have dominion over the forces of this earth.

This is exactly what happens in the Psalmody. When we offer our hearts to the Lord, we too can cause the earth to quake and tremble, and have dominion over our sins on earth. Silas were in jail at the time of this event they still arose and became children of the Light Tentheno.

They became a light to the other prisoners and to the keeper of the prison, who later converted along with his entire household Acts Also, how beautiful is this: that even when they were in the deepest state of persecution, they still prayed and sang aloud for the other prisoners to hear; both the believers and unbelievers!

We are freed from the limitations of this world. Our souls are almost separated from our bodies, and are taken up to heaven just as St. Paul was taken up 2 Corinthians Our earthly sins which are our chains are broken by the power of prayer and by the sacrifice of praise. What a beautiful passage from the Bible! The verse from which the people sang was Psalm , the exact psalm we use in the Second Canticle.

This beautiful passage mentions many wonderful things. The people were singing the psalms and as a means of prayer, as we often do in our Church, deriving hymns from the Psalms and verses from the Bible.

The people also sang this hymn when the foundation of the Church was laid. Similarly, we repeat this hymn during the Psalmody as the foundations of our soul are laid and are transformed into a holy dwelling place for the Lord, as the Temple was a Holy place for the Lord in the Old Testament. Not only does this passage bring to life many vivid and powerful meditations, but it also shows the richness of our Church in following even the tiniest details of the Bible.

Not only do we sing the same Psalm as the Jewish people did, but even the use of the cymbals are common between our praises and the praise of the children of Israel!

There is no emotion of the human spirit which music is incapable of expressing St. The Book of Psalms thus has a certain grace of its own, and a distinctive exactitude of expression. For in addition to the other things in which it enjoys an affinity and fellowship with the other books, it possesses, beyond that, this marvel of its own — namely, that it contains even the emotions of each soul, and it has the changes and rectifications of these delineated and regulated in itself.

Therefore anyone who wishes boundlessly to receive and understand from it, so as to mold himself, it is written there. For in the other books one hears only of what one must do and what one must not do.

And one listens to the Prophets so as solely to have knowledge of the coming of the Savior. One turns his attention to the histories, on the basis of which he can know the deeds of the kings and saints. But in the Book of Psalms, the one who hears, in addition to learning these things, also comprehends and is taught in it the emotions of the soul, and, consequently, on the basis of that which affects him and by which he is constrained, he also is enabled by this book to possess the image deriving from the words.





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