Singing the Psalms

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Singing the Psalms

  • The Living School for Action and Contemplation
4 Lectures (4 CDs)
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Cultivate your relationship with the Divine in this beautiful, interactive course on the Book of Psalms.

A cornerstone of Jesus’ Jewish upbringing, the psalms appear—both in text and sentiment—throughout his later teachings, down to his very last words uttered from the cross. Three centuries after his death, the Desert Fathers and Mothers sought to attain spiritual perfection by chanting all 150 psalms, from memory, everyday—a practice that left little time for eating or sleeping. Intention lies at the heart of psalmody. Combined with contemplative prayer and meditation, the psalms have the potential to become powerful psychological tools deeply integrated with your spiritual identity.

The psalms make up the 19th book of the Old Testament. Long thought to have been written by King David, these lyrical songs of praise and supplication were later confirmed to have been among the Hebrew Bible’s Ketuvim, or Writings. Modern scholarship makes the case that their inclusion among the Ketuvim indicates that the psalms were held to have been divinely inspired.

Aside from its value as a practical handbook, Singing the Psalms also provides you with a historical background on the development of Christian chanting, chiefly through the Rule of St. Benedict and the spread of the monastic model.

Achieve a healthy balance of prayer, study, and manual labor as you chant your way closer to the Divine—beneath the text and beyond the rational mind.

Mystical depths and internal rhythms await your discovery.

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Topic Titles
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Session 1

  • Introduction
  • Contemplative psalmody
  • Deepening practice
  • What are the psalms?
  • How to chant
  • Four sacred elements of song
  • Singing Psalm 137
  • How to read chant notation
  • Using antiphons
  • Psalms of longing

Session 2

  • Introduction
  • Night vigil
  • The wisdom path of the divine office
  • Seven daily offices
  • A punctuation of time
  • Voyage of Saint Brindon
  • Living with the psalms
  • Lectio Divina: sacred listening
  • Practicing Lectio Divina

Session 3

  • Introduction
  • The four senses of scripture
  • Psalms as metaphors for life
  • What is the tradition of sacred chant?
  • Demystifying chant
  • Intentionality
  • Healing is holy
  • Processing the shadow
  • The function of psalmody

Session 4

  • Introduction
  • Our own daily practice
  • Working with groups
  • Use your creativity
  • Introduction to the services
  • Psalms for Lauds: Psalm100, Psalm 63, Psalm 92, Benedictus
  • Psalms for Vespers:
  • Incense Rite, Psalm 84,
  • Psalm #137, Magnificat
About Your Presenter

Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault is a mystic, writer, and internationally celebrated retreat leader. One of the core faculty members at the Living School for Action and Contemplation, she received her Ph.D. in medieval studies and musicology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of the 2014 Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and she has written eight books: The Holy Trinity and the Law of ThreeThe Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Wisdom JesusCentering Prayer and Inner AwakeningMystical HopeThe Wisdom Way of KnowingChanting the Psalms, and Love is Stronger than Death.

Dr. Bourgeault is a founding Director of both the Aspen Wisdom School and the Contemplative Society, where she serves as Principal Teacher and advisor. An Episcopal priest and long-time teacher of centering prayer, she has collaborated with Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, and Richard Rohr and has participated in inter-spiritual dialogues with such luminaries as A.H. Almaas, Kabir Helminski, Swami Atmarupananda, and Rami Shapiro. Dr. Bourgeault is a member of...

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