from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A book containing the Book of Psalms or a particular version of, musical setting for, or selection from it.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Book of Psalms; -- often applied to a book containing the Psalms separately printed.
- n. Specifically, the Book of Psalms as printed in the Book of Common Prayer; among the Roman Catholics, the part of the Breviary which contains the Psalms arranged for each day of the week.
- n. A rosary, consisting of a hundred and fifty beads, corresponding to the number of the psalms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. [capitalized] The Book of Psalms, considered as a separate book of the Old Testament: usually restricted to those versions of or compends from it which are arranged especially for the services of the church, such as the version of the Psalms in the Book of Common Prayer.
- n. In liturgics, that portion of the Psalms appointed for a given day or service.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church: A series of devout utterances or aspirations, 150 in number, in honor of certain mysteries, as the sufferings of Christ.
- n. A large chaplet or rosary, consisting of 150 beads, corresponding to the number of the Psalms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a collection of Psalms for liturgical use
An Unterlinden Psalter from the latter half of the thirteenth century is non-ferial. 87 It does contain the responsories and versicles at the beginning with tonary and modes, but also includes a calendar, and then a non-ferial Psalter, unadorned with antiphons or any other material.
Late-thirteenth-century ferial Psalter from a female Dominican house in Strasbourg.
Büttner, F.O. "Andachtsbuch und Andachtsbild: Flämische Beispiele einer nichtnarrativen Ikonographie in Psalter, Studenbuch und Gebetbuch."
"Ein Psalter aus dem Freiburger Katharinenkloster."
Sometimes I go to the point of wishing that all the melodies of the pleasant songs to which David’s Psalter is adapted should be banished both from my ears and from those of the Church itself.
Since the Psalter was arranged with little distinction to monastic order, it is often difficult to ascertain the provenance of many of these texts.
Composed of the 150 Psalms contained in the Old Testament, the Psalter was a compilation of lyrical songs of praise directed at God.
The question was raised long ago and has been much discussed in recent times, whether the subject of the Psalter is the individual or the church; and till very recently the opinion has been gaining ground that the experience and aspiration of the Psalter are not personal and individual, but that in it is heard the collective voice of the church.
Thus the Psalter was a mighty contribution in one direction, as the synagogue in another, to the development of spiritual religion.
The Psalter was the liturgy and hymn book of the convent.
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