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Bede and the Psalter
Sister Benedicta Ward SLG entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1955. She teaches spirituality in the University of Oxford and is an Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She has written a number of books on early monasticism and on the Middle Ages, and is one of the world’s leading writers on the legacy of the Desert Fathers. Her published works include books on the Desert Fathers, the Venerable Bede and St Anselm, and on miracles and relics in the Christian tradition.
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The Psalter has always held a central place in Christian worship, and most especially in the monastic tradition. Sister Benedicta shows how the Venerable Bede made an innovative contribution to the devotional use of the psalms with his ‘Abbreviated Psalter’ (included in her text). Bede knew the psalms not only as a monk, but also as scholar and historian, and he was concerned with the application of the psalms to the whole range of human experience. Through his use of the psalms, he helps us to express our own inarticulate experiences and to discover that hope which is beyond our understanding.