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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The Jesus Psalter Online
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One of the main blessings of being a part of the Catholic Faith is the existence of numerous devotions and aids to our spiritual life that have come out of 2,000 years of history. One of those often unknown devotions is the Jesus Psalter. It is a pre-Reformation English devotion, part of the great flowering of devotion to the Name of Jesus and the Five Wounds in the 15th and early 16th centuries in Britain.

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From The Jesus Psalter, Arranged For Public Recitation By A Monk of Ampleforth Abbey, Carmel of Plymouth, 1995:
 "RICHARD WHITFORD (or Whytford) belonged to a family of substance at Whitford in Flintshire. He was a Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge (The Angel of Syon, p. 34). Afterwards he was received into the family of Richard Foxe, Bishop of Winchester, and by him was made his chaplain during the latter years of Henry VII. While with the bishop he contracted a close friendship with [St.] Thomas More, who sought spiritual counsel at his hands. Later on he determined to leave the world, and restored the Order of St. Bridget in the well-known Monastery of Syon. In his writings he styles himself the 'wretch of Syon.' He lived to see himself turned out of his cell, and the cell itself turned to profane use. On his expulsion he was received into the house of William Blount, Lord Mountjoy, who was extremely charitable to those who suffered for the Faith. The time of his death is not known, but he certainly lived until the accession of Queen Mary, and during the intervening years occupied himself in writing books, as if he were still in his peaceful cell. The Salter of Jesus (in Latin and English) is one of his later writings: it was widely spread among the Catholics of England in the days of persecution, and was a favourite daily devotion with many of them."
The website, Preces Latinae, has made available this devotion online.  Click here to see and pray along with this devotion.  

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