Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Basil: the music of the Psalms

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
    Feast of George, Martyr, Patron of England, c.304
    Commemoration of Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1988
For God is the King of all the earth;
    sing to him a psalm of praise.
    —Psalm 47:7 (NIV)
    The melodious music of the Psalms has been designed for us, that those who are boys in years, or at least but lads in ways of life, while they seem to be singing, may in reality be carrying on the education of the soul. It is not easy for the inattentive to retain in their memory, when they go home, an injunction of an apostle or prophet; but the sayings of the Psalms are sung in our houses and travel with us through the streets.
    ... St. Basil the Great (330?-379), from Homily XXII, “Humility”, in A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, second series, v. VIII, Philip Schaff & Henry Wace, ed., New York: Christian Literature Company, 1895, p. xlv (see the book)
    See also Ps. 47:7; 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 149:1; Luke 24:44; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; Jas. 5:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Rev. 5:9-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, my soul is imprinted with Your holy songs.
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