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Master of Arts in Theology
School of Theology and Seminary
Columba Stewart OSB
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.
Schroeder, Elaine OSB, "The Psalms Formational Tools for Monastics" (1998). Graduate Papers/Theses. 1813.
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