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
- Psalm 22 (23) The Lord is my shepherd
- Psalm 26 (27) The Lord is my light and my help
- Psalm 33 (34) I will bless the Lord at all times
- Psalm 50 (51) Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness
- Psalm 62 (63) O God, you are my God, for you I long
- Psalm 94 (95) Come ring out your joy to the Lord
- Psalm 97 (98) Sing a new song to the Lord
- Psalm 102 (103) My soul give thanks to the Lord
- Psalm 103 (104) Bless the Lord, my soul
- Psalm 115 (116) How can I repay the Lord?
- Psalm 117 (118) Give thanks to the Lord for he is good
- Psalm 135 (136) O give thanks to the Lord for he is good
- Psalm 147 O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
Psalm 22 (23)
Perhaps, through hymn paraphrases, the most familiar psalm. It occurs regularly in the Lectionary though it is not a common psalm, Frequently used at weddings and funerals it is a psalm of comfort, a psalm of anointing and leadershipâ€”some see the psalm as a commentary on Holy Week, a psalm of trust in God.
Because the Lord is my shepherdâ€” Walker
God alone may lead â€” Conry
Iâ€™ll sing Godâ€™s praises â€” Nazareth
My shepherd is the Lord â€” Glynn (Psalm Songs)
O Christe Domine Jesu â€” TaizÃ©
Shepherd me, O God â€” Haugen
The Lord is my shepherd â€” Ollis (Psalm Songs)
Psalm 33 (34)
Regularly used in the Liturgy of the Word Psalm 33 is also a core text for the communion procession â€” Taste and see that the Lord is good. A psalm of blessing, of appeal to God who answers our cry. The variety of responses suggest different uses for the psalm.
Taste and See â€” Dean, Moore, Richards, Walker (Psalm Songs)
Look towards the Lord â€” Glynn (Psalm Songs)
The Cry of the Poor â€” Foley