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The Psalter -- the entire collection of Psalms sung in a style unique to the chanter Romanos of St James Orthodox Church. Pulling from Russian, Greek, Arabic, Irish, Bulgarian, Gregorian and English plain chant musical influences, the Psalter is a audibly-aromatic mixture of various musical traditions, transformed into what has been described by some as having a uniquely American feel with ever-flowing penitence and contemplation. Each Kathisma limits itself to a single melody which then repeats and evolves and elaborates yet remains that original sole melodic idea, like an Orthodox "Tone."

The Orthodox services are completely sung or chanted with no instruments other than the human voice; nearly nothing is ever spoken. There is not a single service in the Orthodox church that does not employ the Psalms. Psalms were sung by the earliest Christians to include Jesus and His apostles.

The Psalter has been divided into 20 Kathismas of more or less equal length. This then aids their incorporation into various Orthodox services to be chanted or sung entirely throughout each week. It is also the practice in the Orthodox Church to chant the Psalms in the presence of a reposed Orthodox Christian from the time of their repose until their internment. All Psalms here are listed according to the Greek numbering of the Psalms.

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released February 14, 2015

These Psalms are from the King James translation of 1611.

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St James Orthodox Church Williamston, Michigan

In a small-town 100-year old brick church resembling a one-room school house is a quiet little prayerful parish from various Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox backgrounds. The prayerfulness of the people is reflected in the singing, standing, chanting, and stillness emulating those few scriptural references to worship in heaven, as everyone tries to connect their heart to the heart of God ... more

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