A Psalter for Prayer

A Psalter for Prayer

An Adaptation of the Classic Miles Coverdale Translation

Edited and translated by David James
Category: Prayer & Devotion
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Paperback, 368 pages
Format Detail
Flexible binding, rounded corners, sewn
31 May 2016
5.5 in x 3 in
Printshop of St Job of Pochaev
Holy Trinity Publications

— About the Book —

The Psalms of David are the foundation of Christian worship and integral to its form and content. This edition of the classic Coverdale translation is accompanied by prayers and rubrics from the Liturgical Psalter of the Russian Church, adapted to conform to the Greek Septuagint text, and subdivided into the twenty traditional Orthodox liturgical kathismata. It is presented here for the first time in a slimmed down pocket edition to inspire daily use in prayer at home and when traveling. The text is complimented by a flexible textured binding, gold stamped cover, and three marker ribbons.

— Contents —

Preface 9
The Athanasian Creed 14
A Brief Summary of the Faith 16
The Letter to Marcellinus 21
St. Basil the Great on the Psalms 42
Sayings of Augustine the Teacher, and Others, on the Power of the Psalms 43
A Commentary of Theodoret on the Fifth Psalm 44
Extract from St. John Chrysostom’s Panegyric on the Psalms 44
For All Who Wish to Chant the Psalter 45
How the Psalter Is to Be Said Throughout the Whole Year 46
Prayers Before Reading the Psalter 51
The Hundred and Fifty One Psalms, Divided into Twenty Kathismata, with prayers to be read after Each Kathisma 55
The Canticles 275
Prayers After Reading the Psalter 294
The Megalynaria & Selected Psalms for the Principal Feasts 298
The Rite Chanted Following the Departure of the Soul from the Body 327
Reading the Psalter for the Departed 337
The Commemoration 341
The Rite for Singing the Twelve Psalms 345
From the Fathers Concerning the Cell Rule 361
The Hymn of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan 362
Appendix: The Numbering of the Psalms 363

— Reviews —

I realize that there are quite a few prayer books and liturgical texts that are oft mentioned as "must have" for Orthodox. Well, this one surely needs to be added to that list. This is the most clear and efficient of all Anglophonic Orthodox Psalters with regard to explaining and laying out how Orthodox are to read the Psalter. The "additional material" alone is worth the price of the book, and being able to have that material rightly placed within the Psalter is a great help.

The Ochlophobist


For a person who is accustomed to Coverdale (as I am), there's something very reassuring and comforting about David James' translation. He's done a good job of capturing the genius of Coverdale while bringing him more in line with the Greek Septuagint and Church Slavonic.

Fr. Benedict Crawford
Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, McComb, Mississippi



"I do have some good news, however, of a new English Psalter based on the classic Coverdale text. It has been edited by David James and is being published with the blessing of the Russian Church Outside of Russia...but the Psalter is in English, the very best English the world has ever heard. I hope you will buy a copy when it comes out. Use it at home. Allow this most felicitous marriage of the genius of King David and the genius of Miles Coverdale to saturate your mind and your heart. When you do, I think you will begin to see the possibilities for a truly American Orthodoxy." 

Dr. Clark Carlton

Faith and Philosophy Podcast, Ancient Faith Radio