Orthodox Psalter

Daily Readings from the Orthodox Psalter

The Psalter is divided into 20 kathismata of three stases. Each stasis contains between one and three psalms. Except Kathisma 17, it is entirely the long Psalm 118.

Each of the divine services contain fixed portions of the Psalter that are read or chanted each time the service is celebrated. In addition, certain services of the Daily Cycle contain prescribed kathisma readings. These prescribed readings rotate daily so that the Psalter is read through once in its entirety in single week, and twice during Great Lent. (The Psalter is not read on Holy Thursday, Holy Friday, or during Bright Week.) 

 

Day Psalter Readings  Except Lent During Lent
Holy Week
St. Thomas Sun. to Sept. 21


Dec. 20 to Jan. 14


Sun. of Prodigal  to
Sun. of Forgiveness

Sept. 22 to Dec. 19


Jan. 15 to Sat. before
Sun. of Prodigal

 Except for Fifth Week  5th week
If Annunciation does not fall on Thursday of week 5
(the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
is read on Thursday Matins)

 5th week
If Annunciation falls on Thursday
of week 5
(the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
is read on Tuesday Matins)

Sunday Matins – Kathisma 2, 3, 17(or Polyeleos) Matins – Kathisma 2, 3, Polyeleos
Monday Matins – Kathisma 4,5
Vespers – Kathisma 6
 Matins – Kathisma 4,5,6
Vespers – Kathisma 18
Matins – Kathisma 4,5,6
Third Hour – Kathisma 7
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 8
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 9
Vespers – Kathisma 18
Matins – Kathisma 4,5,6
Third Hour – Kathisma 7
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 8
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 9
Vespers – Kathisma 10
Matins – Kathisma 4,5,6
First  Hour – Kathisma 7
Third Hour – Kathisma 8
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 9
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 10
Vespers – Kathisma 11
Matins – Kathisma 4, 5, 6
Third Hour – Kathisma 7
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 8
Vespers – Kathisma 18
Tuesday Matins – Kathisma 7,8
Vespers – Kathisma 9
Matins – Kathisma 7,8,9
Vespers – Kathisma 18
Matins – Kathisma 10,11,12
First Hour – Kathisma 13
Third Hour – Kathisma 14
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 15
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 16
Vespers – Kathisma 18
Matins – Kathisma 11, 12, 13
First  Hour – Kathisma 14
Third Hour – Kathisma 15
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 16
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 18
Vespers – Kathisma 19
Matins – Kathisma 12
Third Hour – Kathisma 13
Sixth Hour
– Kathisma 14
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 15
Vespers – Kathisma 16
Matins – Kathisma 9 10, 11
Third Hour – Kathisma 12
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 13
Vespers – Kathisma 18
Wednesday Matins – Kathisma 10,11
Vespers – Kathisma 12
 Matins – Kathisma 10,11,12
Vespers – Kathisma 18
Matins – Kathisma 19,20,1
First Hour – Kathisma 2
Third Hour – Kathisma 3
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 4
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 5
Vespers – Kathisma 18
 Matins – Kathisma 20, 1, 2
First  Hour – Kathisma 3
Third Hour – Kathisma 4
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 5
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 6
Vespers – Kathisma 7
 Matins – Kathisma 19, 20, 1
First  Hour – Kathisma 2
Third Hour – Kathisma 3
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 4
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 5
Matins – Kathisma 14, 15, 16
Third Hour – Kathisma 19
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 20
Vespers – Kathisma 18
Thursday Matins – Kathisma 13,14
Vespers – Kathisma 15
 Matins – Kathisma 13,14,15
Vespers – Kathisma 18
Matins – Kathisma 6,7,8
First Hour – Kathisma 9
Third Hour – Kathisma 10
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 11
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 12
Vespers – Kathisma 18
 Matins – Kathisma 8
Third Hour – Kathisma 9
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 10
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 11
Vespers – Kathisma 12
Matins – Kathisma 6, 7, 8
First  Hour – Kathisma 9
Third Hour – Kathisma 10
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 11
Ninth Hour – Kathisma 12
(none)
Friday Matins – Kathisma 19,20
Vespers – Kathisma 18
Matins – Kathisma 13,14,15
Third Hour – Kathisma 19
Sixth Hour – Kathisma 20
Vespers – Kathisma 18
(none)
Saturday Matins – Kathisma 16,17
Vespers – Kathisma 1
 Matins – Kathisma 17
 See Also: Psalms Chanted in the Services, Psalms in Antiphons, Psalms in Communion Hymns, Psalms in Prokeimenon and Alleluia Verses 
 Display #
Kathisma 1
Kathisma 2
Kathisma 3
Kathisma 4
Kathisma 5
Kathisma 6
Kathisma 7
Kathisma 8
Kathisma 9
Kathisma 10
Kathisma 11
Kathisma 12
Kathisma 13
Kathisma 14
Kathisma 15
Kathisma 16
Kathisma 17
Kathisma 18
Kathisma 19
Kathisma 20

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