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My Daily Psalm Book Question? - CatholicSteve21 - 06-09-2013

Any owners of the book My Daily Psalm Book by Fr. Peter Fray? If so, I got a question, after every couple of verses or so a * is there. Whats that supposed to mean?

God bless! Our Lady protect!


Re: My Daily Psalm Book Question? - Speculum Patientiae - 06-09-2013

I own this as well, and was idly wondering the same. I assumed that that these were used to divide up the verses in such a way to make them chantable, but that's just my guess.


Re: My Daily Psalm Book Question? - jovan66102 - 06-09-2013

(06-09-2013, 01:17 PM)Speculum Patientiae Wrote: I own this as well, and was idly wondering the same. I assumed that that these were used to divide up the verses in such a way to make them chantable, but that's just my guess.

It's been a long time since I've thought about it, but I believe you're right. I think the '*' indicates a breath whilst chanting. Where are our experts? :LOL:


Re: My Daily Psalm Book Question? - CatholicSteve21 - 06-09-2013

Thank you all for the answers! I'll take your words for it; makes sense. God bless! Our Lady protect!


Re: My Daily Psalm Book Question? - aquinas138 - 06-09-2013

In the breviary, the asterisk in the middle of each verse is where there is a pause in chant/recitation. This pause is required in common or in choir by the rubrics, even if the Office is merely recited.

If there is an asterisk after a cluster of verses, I'm not sure what that would mean. Perhaps a way to shorten the psalmody by breaking up the psalms?