It has been a particularly hard & frustrating summer for me. Not because my job is hard, but because it has been so hard getting myself used to third shift, and sleeping during the day, that I am usually not left with much time or strength to accomplish much at my desk. Well, a couple weeks ago, I decided to try to make a special effort to finish the revisions on my book of psalms, and I can now report that it is complete, and satisfies the publishing specifications of the publisher.
I consider it noteworthy that I completed the project yesterday, on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, since that feast is the anniversary of the day I started seminary in 2003.
Anyway, a little info on the book. It is the book of Psalms, in English and Latin, side by side, facing pages. Both texts are what I would call classic versions, the English is that of the great early English Lutheran, Miles Coverdale, and the Latin is the immortal Gallican Psalter.
I will have more to say on these texts, but for now wanted to just share the good news. You can actually find the book now at Lulu.com, but I would ask that anyone interested in it please refrain from buying it for a few days, because my copy will arrive at my door within two days, and I want to check it for any major problems. (One main question I have is whether I properly "embedded the fonts." If so, then I'm pretty sure it will be ready for use.) After that, trust me, I will not hesitate to inform this audience.
I am happy to have this project out for a couple reasons. One is that I know it will be a good resource for students, especially those in high school and older, and even for grade schoolers in classically oriented schools, or homeschoolers who are learning Latin. I am quite certain it will also be of value to seminarians, and others in the church. A revival of Latin in the church will bear good fruit, and I am glad to be a small part of it. Even in terms of English texts, I am very happy to do all I can to promote good traditional texts, such as the Coverdale Psalms, which will not only dignify worship, and elevate the mind, but will also give us a healthy sense of tradition, which in the end will bear theological and pastoral fruit.
The other reason I am glad to have this one out the door is that it has been a learning experience to go through the whole publication process, and an accomplishment which will help propel me to get going with other projects. God willing, we will see several other items out in the next year, resources that are designed for the good of the Church.
You can find preliminary data on the book here.
By the way, the book is being made available in two ways: softcover, and digital download. I can see many benefits to the download. The more actual copies you purchase, however, the more you will help support not only an obscure Albanian who doesn't deserve it, but also and more importantly, the future work of the Society of Saint Polycarp. Also, for the record, I am aiming to eventually publish material like this in a better quality format, and since one of the benefits of Lulu is that it lets me retain the rights to my work, I will have the freedom do do just that at some point.