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Sung Psalms for the Eucharist

The Psalms are the hymnbook of our Jewish forebears. They have been an integral part of Christian worship since the beginning.

The classic method of singing Psalms at the Eucharist is the method known as responsorial. The congregation sings a repeated refrain after every two or three verses, a melody that can be easily imitated by most people when heard. A cantor, or a small group of singers, chants the verses of the Psalm in a manner that is simple, but requires some preparation.

Below are links to settings of Psalms appointed for the celebration of the Eucharist. The refrains were composed by Bishop Martins many years ago, and have been used in several parishes. The verses are pointed to very ancient and traditional “plainsong” tones, and are intended to be chanted without accompaniment.

001 008 013 015 016 017 019.1 019.2 023 024.1 024.2 025.1 025.2 026 027.1 027.2 027.3 029.1 029.2 030 31 (A04) 032 033.1 033.2 033.3 034.1 034.2 034.3 034.4 036 037 040 042 043 043 046 047 049 050.1 050.2 051.1 051.2 051.3 054 060 063.1 063.2 065 066 067 068 069 070 071 072.1 072.2 080.1 080.2 080.3 082 084.1 084.2 085.1 085.2 085.3 086 089 090.1 090.2 091.1 091.2 093 095.1 095.2 096.1 096.2 096.3 098.1 098.2 099 100 103.1 103.2 104 107.1 107.2 111.1 111.2 112 113.1 113.2 114 119 121 122 123 126 128 130 132 133 138 139 142 145.1 145.2 145.3 146.1 146.2 147.1 147.2 148 149 150 Canticle 13