School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

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Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Columba Stewart OSB

Subject Categories

Biblical Studies | Christianity | History of Christianity | Religion


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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