Bede and the Psalter


Benedicta Ward SLG

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0159-7

LENGTH: 46 pages

Fairacres Publications 141


Bede knew the Psalms as monk, scholar and historian and applied them to all human experience. His ‘Abbreviated Psalter’ (included) was an innovative contribution to their devotional use.

The Psalter has always held a central place in Christian worship, and most especially in the monastic tradition. Sister Benedicta Ward 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.

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46 pages


Benedicta Ward SLG



Book Size

140 x 210 mm


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Author Bio

Sister Benedicta Ward SLG (1933–2022) entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1955. She taught spirituality in the University of Oxford and was an Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She wrote a number of books on early monasticism and on the Middle Ages, and was 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, St Anselm, and on miracles and relics in the Christian tradition.

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