Psalter, Southern Netherlandish - [Lectionary selection, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C].
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Title:Psalter, Southern Netherlandish - [Lectionary selection, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C]

"Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob." Psalm 81:1. -- This beautifully illustrated psalter, or Psalm songbook, reveals the faces of a group of monks, happily and fully engaged in celebrating the word of God. The psalmist and the artist of this late medieval manuscript reminds us that joy is at the heart of genuine praise.

As early as the early 4th century there is evidence of structured singing of the psalter. "Eusebius comments on [singing], saying, "The command to sing Psalms in the name of the Lord was obeyed by everyone in every place: for the command to sing is in force in all churches which exist among the nations, not only the Greeks but also the barbarians throughout the whole world, and in towns, villages, and in the fields." (Everett, 5)

Date:mid 15th century
Building:Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Object/Function:Books and manuscripts
Country:United States

Lectionary links:BEpip09
General Subject:Singing

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Attribution:Psalter, Southern Netherlandish - [Lectionary selection, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C], from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved January 16, 2021]. Original source:
Record Number:50233 Last Updated: 2020-11-13 08:26:57 Record Created: 2007-03-13 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Emergent Psalter
Author:Everett, Isaac
Publisher:Church Publishing