The History of Leith

July 20, 2011

The old way of singing the Psalms

1st October 1765.—The Session this day agrees to lay aside the reading out of the line in singing Psalms in ye Church and appoints the same to be intimated from the Pulpit first Sabbath after ye Sacrament.
(Note.—The old way of singing the Psalms was to read and chant alternately. This practice no doubt went back to the times when people could not read and had no use for Bibles, and it was dear to old-fashioned folks, among whom the Covenanting ways were still treasured. The minute marks a definite break with an old practice. Compare Minutes of 23rd November 1643 and 12th May 16SO.)

source-South leith Records

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