The Holy Psalter

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The Holy Psalter contains the Psalms and other scriptural Odes that are used throughout the Orthodox Church's liturgical life. It uses the Greek Septuagint ("LXX") Old Testament, the scripture used by the Apostles and the early Christians, and by the Orthodox Church today.

Designed for both private reading and liturgical use, The Holy Psalter is divided into the twenty traditional Kathisma divisions, which arrange the weekly readings of the Psalms. It also includes the nine Biblical Odes which are traditionally sung at Matins each morning; together with the Eclogarion, selected Psalm verses that are sung on feast days throughout the year.

What makes the Saint Ignatius Orthodox Press Holy Psalter truly unique is the inclusion of the hymns and prayers of the "Cell Prayer Rule" after each Kathisma division. Translated into English for the first time, this material from the historic manuscripts of Pantokratoros Monastery on Mount Athos transforms the Book of Psalms into a true prayer book, as it is used especially in small monasteries (sketes) in the Athonite tradition.

Readers of Saint Ignatius Orthodox Press's other titles will appreciate the similar translation style, completing the cohesive, prayerful feel of the entire scriptural collection. The text has been rendered in a formal and dignified style of Modern English, in line with our the titles and thoroughly reviewed by a team of translators and editors. The same high quality design and printing standards are a beautiful compliment to the other titles. The rich blue foil-stamped cloth-bound hardcover features David the Prophet and King, the chief author of the Psalms.

Book Details

  • Dimensions: 5 x 7.5 inches (similar to popular pocket-size prayer books)
  • Cover: Hardcover, cloth bound, with gold foil stamp design on front and back
  • Pages: 310 archival paper pages, two-color printing, 2 ribbon bookmarks
  • Language: English
  • Published by Saint Ignatius Orthodox Press

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Customer Reviews

2 reviews

  • 5

    Saint Ignatius - The Holy Psalter

    Posted by Robert Green on Feb 18th 2023

    I love this Psalter! Broken up into bite-sized readings with prayers makes it easy for me to use this Psalter during my prayers. The print (fonts) are easy to see with my old eyes, and I like how they used the color red in graphics and headings. The quality binding, paper thickness, and hardback cover make this a book that I'm sure will withstand daily use for many years. It is a beautiful book. I appreciate the people at Legacy Icons - they are both helpful and patient with me, answering my questions with grace. Thank you.

  • 5

    What an excellent Psalter!

    Posted by Russ Alford on Feb 4th 2023

    Hats off to Saint Ignatus Orthodox Press for publishing this Psalter. First the translation is an accurate, smooth reading, modern one. I have read nine of the Kathismas and they are just a joy to read. Second I love and appreciate the various Troparia and Prayers after the Kathisma is read. Third the addition of the traditional nine Odes plus Odes 10-14 as well. Also instructions on using the Psalter, the reading order, the Six Psalms of Matins, Prayers for Special Vigils, Psalms read at the services and much more. As a recent convert to the Orthodox Church (OCA) this volume is much appreciated and extremely helpful! Well done!