Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Singing through the Psalter

After the Genevan Psalter was complete, in 1562, the Geneva Church would sing through the whole Psalter twice per year during its three weekly services. Here is the lectionary (click "read online" and search for p. 135; or go to bottom of this post for a JPEG of the lectionary):

It is interesting to note that not all the songs had to "fit" homiletically according to the text or topic of the sermon; there were other considerations. Here the very large consideration was that the Psalter be sung through regularly.

Notice also that whole Psalms were sung through except, of course, the very long Psalms.

Here is p. 135, the lectionary: