a gem from the St Anthony Monastery Divine Music Project

In reflections, ephemera on November 26, 2008 at 5:20 am

If you who love our Orthodoxy have not yet seen the beautiful work of the brotherhood of St Anthony Monastery (Florence, Arizona), you will find a garden of spiritual refreshment there.

Here, following, is a gem from St Basil about the psalms, found after the koinonikon for righteous fathers:

A psalm is a city of refuge from the demons; a means of inducing help from the angels, a weapon in fears by night, a rest from the toils of the day, a safeguard for infants, an adornment for those at the height of their vigor, a consolation for the elders, a most fitting ornament for women. It peoples the solitudes; it rids the market places of excesses; it is the elementary exposition of beginners, the improvement of those advancing, the solid support of the perfect, the voice of the Church. It brightens feast day; it creates a sorrow which is in accordance with God. For, a psalm calls forth a tear even from a heart of stone. A psalm is the work of angels, a heavenly institution, the spiritual incense.

See: http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/music/download.php?file=Chrys/Finale%202003%20-%20%5B1260_Tuesday%20-%20brief.pdf


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