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Psalmody and Prayer in the Writings of Evagrius Ponticus$
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Luke Dysinger OSB

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199273200.001.0001

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The Monastic Discipline of Psalmody

The Monastic Discipline of Psalmody

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(p.48) 2 The Monastic Discipline of Psalmody
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Psalmody and Prayer in the Writings of Evagrius Ponticus
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Luke Dysinger OSB

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199273200.003.0003

In the fourth century, the Book of Psalms gradually displaced other biblical texts used in so-called ‘canonical prayers’. Among the monks, psalmody was one of the exterior ascetical practices which, together with fasting, keeping vigil, and restraint of speech, were recommended by almost all the desert fathers of the late fourth century. John Cassian was one of the most important witnesses to the practice and spirituality of psalmody. The practice and spirit of psalmody are discussed.

Keywords:   psalmody, practice, spirituality, Book of Psalms, monks, John Cassian

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