With every breath I will praise The Lord

One of the great joys we have is singing. It doesn’t matter whether you can sing in tune (unless of course you want to sing with others) as long as you can raise your voice now and again.

I often listen to psalms & other hymns as I paint. St Augustine said :

“For he that singeth praise, not only praiseth, but only praiseth with gladness: he that singeth praise, not only singeth, but also loveth him of whom he singeth. In praise, there is the speaking forth of one confessing; in singing, the affection of one loving.”
(St. Augustine, Commentary on Psalm 73, 1)

Which has been paraphrased as “to sing is to pray twice”.

On this first Friday of the Dormition Fast, I hope you enjoy these psalms from the monks of the Holy Mountain. They are strange to westernised musical ears, at least to begin with. Give them space, listen again and rejoice in The Lord always.


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