Enclosed is a link to a group of 42 Psalms which I have adopted for my own religious practice from the 13th century Marian Psalter. As I have stated in previous posts these psalms while they are in most ways relatively unchanged from the originals have received some significant adaptations for their use within a religion of Thea. As of now I call this group of psalms simply The Psalms of Thea. Check this Psalms to Thea 2.docx.
As stated in previously many of the original 150 psalms of the Marian Psalter perhaps over half of them can easily be adopted for Theanic use. Why have I only adopted 42 of them at this time? One will note when one views the collection of 42 that the psalms are both arranged by the days of the week and times of the day. Thus ideally two psalms should be recited each morning, two at noon or early afternoon, and two each evening. Thus each day a group of six differing psalms are to be recited. Each day of the week a differing group of psalms are recited. Thus we have 42 psalms, six a day x seven days = 42. At the beginning of each week the pattern repeats itself.
The question may be asked why limit oneself to only six psalms a day. Why not simply read a few psalms daily without such a structure of devotion. The fact is that I am persuaded by the idea held by most ancient and medieval cultures that one of the most effective ways to internalize the message and spirit of any religious text is to memorize it and to recite that memorized text regularly. In that way the text in a sense becomes much more a part of one internal reality than if one simply reads that text once in a while when one is in the mood or when one wants to experience its aesthetic qualities. Most religious traditions historically have followed this practice. Thus religious Jews attempted to memorize vast parts of the Torah and the Davidic Psalms. Muslims regularly memorized the Koran and the Medieval Christian monastics memorized the Biblical Psalter of David as well.
Of course such a religious practice requires some effort to memorize the texts and furthermore the unfortunate fact is that one can hear truths repeated even within one head and on ones lips on a regular basis and still refuse to internalize the message in ones heart and behavior. I am certainly guilty of this too often and furthermore I often find myself breaking the rules of my own religious practice. On the other hand if one never makes the attempt to struggle within a consistent religious discipline one will find oneself on the path toward a practical atheism in which one gives lip service only to ones religion or one sheds ones religion altogether.
A few more words about the collection. First one must remember that this is a work in process. I do plan to resume my work of adaptation and many more psalms will be added to the collection. How they will they be used devotionally? I do not know at this time. Since my powers of memorization are not strong I doubt that it would be useful for me to attempt to memorize many more of the psalms – but who knows. People who have much better memories than do I of course without a doubt could easily memorize a much larger collection. And then again a memorization of the psalms is not absolutely essential. There can be little doubt that a regular reading of a few of the psalms and a meditation on their meanings each day would be very valuable spiritually. In fact even a cursory reading of the psalms periodically could aid in moving one toward devotion to Thea.
Some may ask why I have thus far added these particular psalms to the collection of 42 and not others. There is no special reason. These psalms I particularly liked and felt to be meaningful. However there are many other beautiful psalms within the Psalter which could have been placed within this collection just as well. I also should say that there is no particular order to my collection either. Perhaps I will or some one else will attempt to provide some form of order to them based on some of the common themes found within the psalms. It would be a good project. However I have not had the time or energy thus far to do any of this work myself.
All of this being said I hope that the psalms are enjoyed. I hope that others will find them to be as meaningful to their own religious practice as they have been to mine