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Athanasius on the Psalms

September 23, 2008

In his letter to Marecellinus, Athanasius records advice he received from an elderly Christian man on the value of the Psalms for the Christian life. The entire thing is worth your time, but here is an excerpt to whet your appetite.

“. . . but in the Psalter, besides all these things, you learn about yourself. You find depicted in it all the movements of your soul, all its changes, its ups and downs, its failures and recoveries. . . . In fact, under all the circumstances of life, we shall find that these divine songs suit ourselves and meet our own souls’ need at every turn.”

In light of Athanasius’ comments, dear Christian fly to the psalms and find there solace to meet your every need. It is the hymnbook of God’s people for a reason, for there we find the words of past saints who have walked this pilgrim road before us.

The Letter of St. Athanasius to Marcellinus on the Interpretation of the Psalms, in On the Incarnation (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1996), 103-104.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2010 10:26 am

    This is a fantastic work. I just finished reading it. I cannot believe that of the several classes that I have had where the Psalms were partially the subject this work was never mentioned. It should always be mentioned!

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