St. Ambrose Recommending the Psalms

“The Apostle admonishes women to be silent in church,

yet they do well to join in a psalm; this is gratifying for all ages and fitting for both sexes. 

 Old men ignore the stiffness of age to sing [a psalm], and melancholy veterans echo it in the joy of their hearts;

young men sing one without the bane of lust, as do adolescents without threat from their insecure age or the temptation of sensual pleasure;

 even young women sing psalms with no loss of wifely decency, and girls sing a hymn to God with sweet and supple voice

 while maintaining decorum and suffering no lapse of modesty. 

 Youth is eager to understand [a psalm], and the child who refuses to learn other things takes pleasure in contemplating it;

it is kind of play, productive of more learning than that which is dispensed with stern discipline.”

St. Ambrose, On Psalm 1



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