New Testament Canticles

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These texts are all used in Evening Prayer. The canticle from Philippians is familiar from the Sunday Lectionary. The canticles from Revelation would make suitable Entrance songs for the Easter Season.
The psalms are the core sung texts of the liturgy: the Responsorial Psalm and the Liturgy of the Hours. They also provide the majority of texts for the antiphons (such as Entrance and Communion) at Mass and other rites. The following texts are suggested for their suitability through out the liturgy; many are, of course, common psalms from the Lectionary

  • Ephesians 1:3-10 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Colossians 1:12-20 Let is give thanks to the Father
  • Philippians 2:6–11 Though he was in the form of God
  • 1 Timothy 3:16 O praise the Lord, all you nations!
  • 1 Peter 2:21-24 Christ suffered for you
  • Revelation 4:11;5:9,10,12 Worthy are you, our Lord and God
  • Revelation 11:17-18;12:10b-12a We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty
  • Revelation 15:3-4 Great and wonderful are your deeds
  • Revelation 19:1-2, 5-7 Salvation and glory and power belong to our God


Philippians 2: 6–11 His state was divine
The text is read as the second reading on Palm Sunday and also provides the Gospel Acclamation verse for that day and Good Friday. It is also sung at Evening Prayer I of Sunday.

Before heaven and earth — Black
Every knee shall bow — Dean
Jesus the Holy Lamb of God — O’Hare
Jesus the Lord — O’Connot
Though one with God — Bell

1 Peter 2: 21–24 Christ suffered for you
Sung during Lent at Sunday Evening Prayer II as the New Testament canticle the text speaks about the Passion of Christ.

By his wounds — Foster/Bévenot
As prophets foretold — Peter Jones
Ours were the griefs he bore — Stephen Dean
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