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Chrysostom says that the Psalms are evidently not placed in chronological order, but are disposed with a prophetic reference to the acts and sufferings of Christ." They will be found to fall into groups, and to be linked together by similarity of subject, or recurrence of the same thought. It appears that psalms at fixed intervals from one another have a mutual relation. The seventh psalm from the first, i. e. the 8th, has a peculiar character, and it is so with the 15th, 22d, 29th, and 36th. The 51st (50th in the Greek and Latin versions) is the most deeply penitential; the 100th is one of the most jubilant. It has been noticed that in some cases, psalms standing at intervals of fifty and a hundred places correspond; e. g. the 18th, 68th, and 118th.
The above table, showing the Proper Psalms which it has been proposed to add to those already in use in the Ch. of England, (see p. xii), is taken from The Convocation Prayer Book; being the Book of Common Prayer, etc., with altered rubrics, showing what would be the condition of the Book if amended in conformity with the recommendations of the Convocations of Canterbury and York. London: John Murray, 1880.
HOW THE PSALTER IS APPOINTED TO BE READ.
The Psalter shall be read through once every month, as it is there appointed, both for Morning and Evening Prayer. But in February, it shall be read only to the twenty-eighth or twenty-ninth day of the month.
And whereas, January, March, May, July, August, October, and December, have one-andthirty days apiece; it is ordered, that the same Psalms shall be read the last day of the said months which were read the day before; so that the Psalter may begin again the first day of the next month ensuing.
And whereas the 119th Psalm is divided into twenty-two Portions, and is over long to be read at one time; it is so ordered, that at one time shall not be read above four or five of the said Portions.
And at the end of every Psalm, and of every such part of the 119th Psalm, shall be repeated this Hymn,
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Note, that the Psalter followeth the Division of the Hebrews, and the Translation of the great English Bible, set forth and used in the time of King Henry the Eighth, and Edward the Sixth.
The Minister, instead of reading from the Psalter as divided for Daily Morning and Evening Prayer, may read one of the Selections set out by this Church.
And, on Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, appointed either by the Civil or by the Ecclesiastical Authority, the Minister may appoint such Psalms as he shall think fit in his discretion, unless any shall have been appointed by the Ecclesiastical Authority, in a Service set out for the Occasion; which, in that case, shall be used, and no other.
102, 130, 143
113, 114, 118
24, 47, 103
24, 47, 108
The Am. P. B. adds-The Minister may use one of the Selections, instead of any one of the above Portions.
I. Pss. I-41.
II. Pss. 42-72.
A Table of the Ten Selections of Psalms of the American Prayer-Book.
I. Pss. 19; 24; 103.
II. Pss. 139:1-18, 23, 24; 145.
III. Pss. 51: 1-17; 42: 1-7, 10, 11, 13-15.
V. Pss. I; 15; 91.
VI. Pss. 32: 1, 2, 5-9, 11, 12; 130; 121. VII. Pss. 23; 34; 65.
VIII. Pss. 84: 1-8, 10-13; 85; 93; 97.
IX. Pss. 8; 33: 1-9; 147: I-9, 11-20; 57:6, 8-12. X. Pss. 96:1-4; 148; 149: 1-4;150.
The Five Books of Psalms.
III. Pss. 73-89.
V. Pss. 107-150.
Six Messianic Psalms; 2, 16, 22, 45, 72, 110.
Table of the different numberings of the Psalms.
HEBREW AND ENGLISH.
GREEK AND LATIN.
Psalms or Portions repeated.
Table of Variations between the American and English Psalters.
ENG. P. B.
(Yea, but a little).
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS.
A. & M., Hymns Ancient and Modern.
Am. P. B., American Prayer-book.
B. V. M., Blessed Virgin Mary.
C., Compline, or late Evensong.
Eng. P. B., English Prayer-book.
Hy., Hymns in American Hymnal.
Hy. A. and M., Hymns Ancient and Modern.
Int., Introit as appointed in King Edward VIths. First Prayer-book.
I Printed in heavy type designates an Hour in "Day Hours of Church of England."