In the days when the Book of Common Prayer set the agenda for all the services of the church, there were appointed psalms for every service of Morning or Evening Prayer and the whole Psalter was covered in this way every month.   Psalms play a much less part in the worship services today, although a number of modern hymns and songs are firmly based on them, if not metrical versions of them.    As the hymnbook of the Old Testament, the psalms played an important part in Jewish worship and, arguably, still have much to offer for modern worship and, perhaps even more, for Christian spirituality.

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