Ocean Psalms Update 2015

Posted by on 29 Sep 2015 | Tagged as: Introduction

“Ocean Psalms” CD-ROM was first published in 2008, but coming back to it seven years later it seems as fresh as when it was first launched at the Yale Conference on Religious Environmentalism in February/March of that year. Now an extract is to be published in the Fall 2015 issue of The Yale ISM Review [http://ismreview.yale.edu/]. The theme of the issue is “Water.”

Initially 500 copies were made of the original “Ocean Psalms” CD-ROM.  Most are sold; there are just a few remaining copies left. And MysticWaters will not be producing any more copies because the wonderful art work of “Ocean Psalms” was built in a technology that is now unfortunately going away. On the website (www.oceanpsalms.com), you can still order a copy while supplies last (but note that you can only access the sample offered on the website on a desktop or laptop computer, not on mobile devices). The CD-ROM itself will continue to work on Windows or Macintosh machines into the foreseeable future.

Teresa Berger, Professor of Liturgical Studies and Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor of Catholic Theology at Yale, wrote or assembled the texts. Lorna Collingridge set some texts to music and also provided background music as well as the photographs. Claudia Fulshaw designed the ocean-themed art work, and Carol Thomson built the CD-ROM. All the ocean and water sounds were recorded directly from nature. It is still a thrill to hear the sea when you first open the CD-ROM.

Two extracts from “Ocean Psalms” will be published in the Fall issue of The Yale ISM Review. The first, A Blessing over Waters, was written by Teresa shortly after her son was born and used as the blessing over water in his baptism. The music is based on the traditional Exultet Chant which traditionally opens the celebration of the Easter Vigil in the Roman Catholic liturgy. The second piece, “Hope Travels Below Sea Level,” represents an attempt to confront the horrors of the slave trade across the Atlantic Ocean.

Australian Presentation

Posted by on 16 Aug 2008 | Tagged as: Conferences and Presentations

On 13 July 2008, Lorna presented a seminar “Ocean Psalms: Exploring an Ocean Spirituality” to a group of Uniting Church members at the Warehouse Cafe church in Fremantle, Western Australia. at this seminar she presented sample meditations from the CD-ROM. The organiser, Rev Marion Millin, Associate General Secretary (Pastoral), Uniting Church WA, was well acquainted with Lorna’s music through her CD Walking in the Wilderness produced in Brisbane in 2000.

CD-ROM Available March 1!

Posted by on 27 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Availability

CD-ROM now available! This powerful and inspiring CD-ROM offers space for a contemplative engagement with the “depths of the sea” (Psalm 68:22). Through its multimedia integration of visual art, music, and texts, Ocean Psalms invites people into the both ancient and ever-new world of maritime mystery, as a way of deepening the life of the spirit. Click here to view two samples. Ocean Psalms is the first production from MysticWaters Media. Directors Teresa Berger and Lorna Collingridge have collaborated previously in Teresa’s latest book, Fragments of Real Presence and in the documentary Worship in Women’s Hands.


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Ocean Psalms at Yale Divinity Bookstore

Posted by on 27 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Availability

Ocean Psalms is now available at Yale Divinity Bookstore.  For more details go to http://www.yale.edu/divinity/sbs/index.shtml or visit the store at 409 Prospect Street, on the Yale Campus in New Haven, CT.

Introduction to Ocean Psalms

Posted by on 15 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Introduction

Ocean Psalms is an interactive CD-Rom presenting meditations, music, prayers, songs, photography, psalms and art, all focused on the sea. In multimedia form, Ocean Psalms invites people into the both ancient and ever-new world of “ocean depths” as a way of deepening the life of the spirit. At a point in time when the environmental assault on the world ocean has become life-threatening, Ocean Psalms witnesses to the primal bond between ecological and religious commitments. This witness focuses on highlighting possibilities of contemplative engagement with the “depths of the sea”.
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What is a CD-ROM?

Posted by on 14 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Technical Information

A CD-ROM is an acronym for Compact Disk – Read Only Memory. It is a CD that is played in the CD drive of your computer. In Ocean Psalms, the CD contains text, graphics, images, sound and video. It cannot be played in an audio CD player. It is not a DVD so can not be played on a DVD player linked to your TV. Once you put the Ocean Psalms CD-ROM in your computer or laptop CD drive, you are able to sit and watch, listen, read and meditate on one of the 31 segments in the four sections, Dawn, Midday, Evening and Dark. You can access the sections and segments through the main menu or the CD Map.

Conference February 2008

Posted by on 13 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Conferences and Presentations

“Ocean Psalms” premiers at Yale Conference on Religious Environmentalism

From February 28th to March 2, Yale Divinity School hosted a multi-faith, interdisciplinary conference on religious environmentalism that attracted a host of activists, scholars, theologians, ministers, and artists from around the country.

Ocean Psalms, which had been published just days earlier, was a gift to every participant of this conference, thanks to the Institute of Sacred Music and its director, Prof. Martin Jean. The Institute of Sacred Music also made available its Great Hall on Saturday and Sunday for people to encounter the music, images, and texts of Ocean Psalms. The multimedia CD-ROM ran on a continuous loop on the big screen; the room itself having been transformed into a contemplative space, with many-colored cloths, sand, shells, candles, driftwood, and stones. Conference participants came to the Great Hall to be able to sit quietly, kneel amidst the shells and candles to pray, or simply to watch and listen to Ocean Psalms unfolding.

On Saturday afternoon, Teresa Berger and Lorna Collingridge both participated in a break-out session dedicated to “Water” and presented on Ocean Psalms.

Finally, the Sunday morning Eco-Service Harmonizing Hope included a blessing taken from Ocean Psalms, which the multi-faith congregation sang together. Lorna Collingridge, the composer of the blessing, led the congregation. Accompanying her on his alto saxophone was Grammy-award-winning musician Paul Winter. This “Ocean Blessing” proved a fitting and deeply moving conclusion to the Yale premier of Ocean Psalms.

Credit Correction

Posted by on 28 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: Technical Information

Robert Lentz very kindly gave permission for the use of his wonderful image of St Hildegard in Ocean Psalms.  We need to make a small correction to the citation for the this permission and the correct text should read:

 Hildegard of Bingen, by Robert Lentz. © Robert Lentz.  Color reproductions available from Trinity Stores. www.trinitystores.com.  Reproduced by permission.