A Psalter for Prayer - An Adaptation of the Classic Miles Coverdale Translation
A Psalter for Prayer is the first major English edition to include all the prayers needed to read the Psalter at home according to an Orthodox tradition that reaches back to the time of the desert fathers, known popularly as the 'cell rule'. In addition, the contents include many texts, traditionally printed in Orthodox Psalters, that are not easily found in English, such as the Rite for Singing the Twelve Psalms, directions for reading the Psalter for the Departed and much more.
The Psalms and Nine Biblical Canticles have been adapted from the classic Miles Coverdale translation of the Book of Psalms and the King James Version of the Bible. The text has been carefully edited to agree with the original Greek of the Septuagint, as well as to the Latin and Church Slavonic translations, and has been approved for use within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. This edition is printed in two colors on acid-free paper and smythe sewn for durability and longevity.
Preface to the 2019 Edition: The continuing demand for A Psalter for Prayer is testimony to the value that Orthodox Christians place on the role of psalmody in their life of prayer. This newly formatted edition incorporates all the material from the 2011 edition in a size some will find convenient for personal use. Its chief advantage over the 2016 pocket edition is the inclusion of the Canticles and The Letter to Marcellinus. Aside from the correction of a handful of typographical errors, the attentive reader will note two other changes from the 2011 edition; the replacement of the Hebrew letters with verse numbers in Psalms 24, 33, 36, 110, 111, and 144, and a correction of the versification in Canticles Three, Four and Five. These changes were made for legibility and to conform to liturgical practice.
Author: David James, Editor and translator