Responsorial Psalms

From early times the psalms have been used in Christianity. No doubt they were used already by Mary, Jesus and the disciples in their daily prayers. In the gospels, Jesus himself quotes the psalms to show that he fulfils the scriptures, especially Ps 22 (Gk 21) about his Passion and Ps 110 (Gk 109) about his resurrection and exaltation. For centuries the psalms have been used to express the prayers of Christians in moments of crisis or joy. (RNJB p928)

The Psalms are some of the most beloved words in all of history providing promise, hope, comfort, courage, insight and praise.  

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Settings for Responsorial Psalms through the year

The Responsorial Psalm is sung between the First and Second Readings. The psalm helps us to meditate on the word of God. Looking for help with music settings for psalms look no further. Here are some sites to help you locate what you are looking for.

The examples here are for the Eighteenth Sunday Ordinary time 2 August 2020.

Psalm 145. Response: The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.


Psalms in His presence. Here


Chris Brunelle Responses & Psalm. Here


Br Michael Henry fms  from Marist Music  Here


Responsorial psalms from the Lectionary (UK for NZ) Here


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Numbering the psalms

Hebrew or Greek? For example Psalm 139 is numbered (Greek 138)

If you are wondering why some psalms have two different numbers this explanation will help you. Here

Psalm 139

Interpreting the psalms

'Forming a sort of prayer-history of Israel, the reflection of many different stages and aspects of revelation and of God's guidance of his people, the psalms can bring us to a sense of God's unfailing love in the face of human striving, stubbornness, failure and forgiveness, an expression of the faltering human response, now despairing, now devoted, to God's ever-watchful care and correction.' (RNJB p931)

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