The Psalms of David -- Kathisma VI

by St Sabbas Monastery

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The Psalms of David chanted in a style unique to St. Sabbas Monastery. Pulling from Russian, Greek, Arabic and English plain chant musical influences, these Psalms are an amalgamation of various musical traditions transformed into what has been described by some as having a uniquely American feel with ever-flowing penitence and contemplation. Each Kathisma limits itself to a single melody which then repeats and evolves and elaborates yet remains that original sole melodic idea, like an Orthodox "Tone."

The Orthodox monastic services are completely sung or chanted with no instruments other than the human voice; nearly nothing is ever spoken. There is not a single service in the Orthodox church that does not employ the Psalms. Psalms were sung by the earliest Christians to include Jesus and His apostles.

The Psalter, or the entire group of all the Psalms have been divided into 20 Kathismas of more or less equal length. This then aids their incorporation into various Orthodox services to be chanted or sung entirely throughout each week. It is also the practice in the Orthodox Church to chant the Psalms in the presence of a reposed Orthodox Christian from the time of their repose until their internment. All Psalms here are listed according to the Greek numbering of the Psalms.


released December 8, 2014

Psalms from the King James translation of 1611.

Cover: Icon of the Prophet David by Jan van Biezen of the Netherlands. Written for his grandson named David and used with permission.

All music chanted by Novice Romanos of St. Sabbas Orthodox Monastery.



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St Sabbas Monastery Harper Woods, Michigan

St Sabbas the Sanctified Orthodox Monastery in Harper Woods, Michigan, is a monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church (Julian calendar) under His Holiness KYRILL, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, and is under the protection of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION. Founded in 1999 to offer the church a monastic center for liturgical arts. Photo of monastery grounds taken by Matthew McCroskery. ... more

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