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The Abbey Psalms and Canticles presents some of the most moving passages of the Bible in an accurate and poetic translation, beautifully bound in a handsome edition.

Prepared by the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey in Missouri, this translation establishes the definitive form of Psalms and canticles that will gradually appear in official Catholic liturgical books. Among other rituals, future editions of the Liturgy of the Hours and the Lectionary for Mass (both several years from completion) will use this translation. Technically precise, the translation keeps a smooth cadence especially suited to singing and recitation. The texts can also be used for personal study, devotion, and prayer.

This edition is bound with a dark stone-grey textured hard cover and adorned with gold foil stamping. Inside pages have two-color print on cream-colored paper, and special binding is used so that the book can be held open more easily. The superior craftsmanship of this book will make it a lasting companion.

Liturgy directors, composers, parish music directors, and the clergy, religious, and lay faithful who celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours will value this collection. Those who love to study and pray with Sacred Scripture will also find this work to be a timeless treasure.
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  • Hardcover
    • Gold, foil stamping
    • Two-color
    • Cream-colored paper

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5 of 5 Great resource May 27, 2020
Reviewer: Ron Bozek from Middleburg Hts, OH United States  
This is a book I will return to over and over during prayer time.  These psalms and canticles give voice to the human heart, and are presented in a beautiful volume.

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3 of 5 Abbey Psalms and Canticles May 20, 2020
Reviewer: Warren Tanghe from Catonsville, MD United States  
Overall, this is a careful and  literate translation of the Psalms, and of the Canticles used in the Liturgy of the Hours.  It hit a couple of my buttons — the vav disjunctive should have been used instead of the conjunctive in the next to last line of Ps. 50, for instance, and “pateron” in Daniel 3.26 speaks of paternity, not generic ancestry.  My biggest concern, however, is that where Hebrew poetry is based on bicola and tricola characterized by internal parallelism, most texts in this collection are organized in clusters of 4 to 6 lines with weaker or less clear connections.  This may reflect the music used at the Office in the originating community, Conception Abbey.  Perhaps this issue will be obviated as other communities set the texts contained in this volume to plainsong, which follows the bicolon/tricolon structure.

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5 of 5 May 14, 2020
Reviewer: Donna Paolucci from Montrose, NY United States  


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3 of 5 Table of Contents May 13, 2020
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
I was surprised by the size of the book itself although the print is very readable. As I was perusing the book, I noted the extensive addendum indicating which psalms and canticles to be prayed at which hours of the day. That is immensely helpful. What I found not helpful was the absence of any references to pages, especially of the canticles. I then looked for a table of contents or an index with page references and did not find either. Perhaps in the second edition either or both could be included. Thank you for this monumental accomplishment!

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5 of 5 May 11, 2020
Reviewer: Tom Kostrzewa from CLARKSTON, MI United States  
This psalter along with the OT and NT canticles that  will eventually be used is very nice. It is well bound, the print is easy to read and all in all, it is a very nice book.

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