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The answer for laypeople who want to chant the psalms
on August 31, 2013
I follow a program of praying the psalms daily with a four-week rotation. Because I love music and because using music, adds another dimension to my prayer, I use the chants in this book. The antiphons (with choices for the church seasons) are lovely and add much to my experience. The chant, while based on ancient chant tones, is printed in modern music notation making it much easier to read and follow. I periodically reread the instructions at the beginning to help me improve my chant. I don't see why a person who has some music background could not learn chant from this book alone but I know having studied chant at Saint Helena's Episcopal Convent in Georgia made it easier and more rewarding for me to use this book. I have the sister's breviary but it is so cumbersome and so complex, that this book combined with the psalter adapted for laypersons by the Community of Jesus are perfect for me for my daily practice of praying the psalms as a layperson.
I have ordered books on chant for years trying to find something like this book. I could have saved a lot of money on books I ultimately did not use if I had found this psalter earlier.