Psalm 1, 23 Sep 18

Psalm 1, Beatus vir, in the Bedford psalter MS 42131 British Library.

The first Psalm is well placed as an introduction to the grand themes of the whole Psalter. It urges us to follow a life-style and consciousness reaching for the highest divine standards, revealed throughout the psalms as centring on love, justice and equity.

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked … That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

The next song, Psalm 2, widens the lens from personal aspirations to the collective, communal and global. The spatial and time dimensions broaden. The message is the same.

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We tried out TiS 1 with its Asian pentatonic sound last time this song arose in the Lectionary — worth another try.

If you read the recent Crystal Ball, you’ll also note the reference to PFAS 1E which looks fun.

For more important comments on our music, please read this previous blog post.

And here’s a teaser. Can you find the opening verse (Beatus vir qui non...) in the next illustration?

Initial capital to Psalm 1 in the Gorleston Psalter, from East Anglia between 1310 and 1324, Script Gothic. British Library MS49622

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