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Date of Award

2-17-1998

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Columba Stewart OSB

Abstract

The psalms have been prayed by Christians since Old Testament times and are at the center for persons who follow the monastic way of life. In this study I have attempted to research the use of psalmody in the early monastic era, the third - fifth centuries, seeing how it was a formation tool in the lives of these monastics, a powerful agent in their conversion process. First I set forth several themes and basic understandings foundational to this study. I then examine several writings, Rules, and lives of the early monastics to see how the power of psalmody affected their lives. I conclude with a reflection on how psalmody continues to touch the lives of modern day Christians, and specifically the lives of monastics.

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