Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The Book of Psalms. Often applied to a book containing the Psalms separately printed.
  • n. Specifically for Anglicans, the Book of Common Prayer which contains the Book of Psalms. For Catholics, the Breviary containing the Psalms arranged for each day of the week.
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a rosary consisting of one hundred and fifty beads, corresponding to the number of the Psalms.

Etymologies

Middle English sauter; psauter, from Old French sautier, psaltier, from Latin psalterium ("a stringed instrument like a lute"), from Ancient Greek ψαλτήριον (psalterion, "a harp"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now that night the abbess had with her a priest whom she used not seldom to have conveyed to her in a chest; and the report of the sisters making her apprehensive lest for excess of zeal and hurry they should force the door open, she rose in a trice; and huddling on her clothes as best she might in the dark, instead of the veil that they wear, which they call the psalter, she caught up the priest's breeches, and having clapped them on her head, hied her forth, and locked the door behind her, saying: -- "Where is this woman accursed of God?"

    The Decameron, Volume II

  • St Jerome’s traditional Gallican psalter from the Vulgate is given in the text of all the hours.

    Update on the Baronius Latin-English Breviary

  • For me, the Grail version of the psalter is the very best.

    St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, MA

  • The actual text begins with the psalter, that is the psalms arranged for the week, with their normal antiphons and hymns.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • This David was an holy man and made the holy psalter, which is an holy book and is contained therein the old law and the new law.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 2

  • The psalter is the story of how God makes many righteous (the mercied of Psalm 149) through the gift of the singular righteous of Psalm 1-2.

    Jesus Creed

  • The psalter, which is thought to be almost 1,000 years old, has been described as Scotland's version of the famous Book of Kells in Dublin.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • The origin of the psalter is a mystery but experts believe it was probably produced by monks in Iona, who were also associated with the making of the Book of Kells.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • For the immense crowd of the unlettered, the multitude which had neither psalter nor missal and whose only book was the church, it was necessary to give concrete form to abstract thought.

    The Theology and Metaphysics of the Gothic Cathedral - part 2

  • However, as an example of what I am talking about and a partial answer to your question, I am a lifelong UU who had been unaware until now, when I found out quite by accident, that John Q. wrote a metrical psalter for use as a hymnal.

    "Famous UU" revisionism

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.