4th ANNUAL EDITION!
Easy-to-use, Contemporary, Cost-effective Responsorial Psalms and Gospel Acclamations
Works well as a supplement or alternative to annual resources like Respond & Acclaim
100% verbatim texts from the Roman Catholic lectionary
Explore this site for PDF editions, printed editions, recordings, testimonials, downloadable refrains, and more.
See Scot present a webinar for OCP about Responsorial Psalms and Gospel Acclamations
"Contemporary liturgical music ensembles will find this resource easy to use and full of life for their assemblies."
TLCA uses 100% official texts from the Roman Catholic Lectionary and is approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The verses may be sung in rhythm or chanted with accompanists playing chords as needed. Refrains for the assembly are online at the TLCA Refrains page. Feel free to download a preview copy [Guitar/Vocal or Keyboard/Vocal], read NPM's review, and listen to some recordings. My greatest hope for TLCA is simply that it will help you with your music ministry.
Scot Crandal, Composer
"We have been using TLCA for two years at St. Mary's Cathedral for our weekly contemporary liturgy and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The refrains are easily learned by the assembly and beautifully arranged for the ensemble. The verses are interesting yet straight-forward for the cantor. The best part about TLCA is having fresh, new accessible psalm settings and Gospel acclamations for the entire liturgical year in one book, making it super easy to use. I love this psalm resource."
Music Director at St. Mary's Cathedral
"The melodies are indeed easy and quickly learned; the verses also allow for quick learning by the cantor. I am particularly pleased to see through-composed verses. Most psalters as of late use psalm tones. The layout is easy and accessible; familiar and able to grasped by musicians of all kinds."
"Really, really good settings of the psalms and gospel acclamations for the Liturgical Year. Grab a copy if you plan, prepare and work in liturgy. I have seen it, held it and sung it. Great stuff."
"Congratulations! I have looked at your work and have been really impressed - as a pretty basic keyboard guy, I think it's a really original step beyond chant tones."
"New, singable, simple and I am pleased to have refreshing melodies - thank you, Mr. Crandal, for sharing your awesome gift of music! God be praised!"
"I love the three part harmony and the singable melodies. Having the option to chant the verses is a great feature. Congratulations on this project."
"This is exactly what I would use in my parish. I utilize Psalm resources that have been around for years but am not always thrilled with the choices."
"This is a great alternative to the current settings in the missal! Especially having the contemporary option."
"TLCA is musically satisfying to sing, and effective on both an emotional and liturgical level."
St. Cecilia Catholic Church
St. Anne's Parrish
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Newport News, VA
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church
Immaculate Conception Church
Church of St. Patrick
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish
Holy Apostles Catholic Parish
New Berlin, WI
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church
St. Anne Parish
Our Lady of Lourdes
St. Dunstan's Catholic Church
The Church of Saint Luke
Toms River, NJ
St. Jude's Parish
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Wheat Ridge, CO
St. Mary's Cathedral
St. Anthony of Padua
Grand Rapids, MI
- 100% Verbatim texts from The Lectionary for Mass, approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
- Can be used as a complete resource or as a complement to existing repertoire such as Respond & Acclaim
- Unique to TLCA: through-composed verses provide poignant expression of psalm texts
- Psalm refrain texts for the assembly match the most commonly-used missals for easy integration Reprintable refrains for the congregation can be downloaded here
- Printed editions are coil-bound so they are easy to hold and lay flat on a music stand
- Digital editions can be printed and copied as needed during the liturgical year at your parish
- Recordings make it even easier to learn the settings quickly
- Simple, yet lasting melodies with vocal parts for congregation, cantor, and 3-part harmony, all in comfortable vocal ranges
- Keyboard and guitar-friendly accompaniments - Keyboard edition includes chord symbols and vocal harmony
- Reviewed in NPM's magazine, Pastoral Music
- Verses for cantor may be sung in rhythm or in an easy, chant-like style (which can help when rehearsal time is short). Here's a short video showing how this is done:
SINGING THE 3-PART HARMONY
The 3-part harmony is intended to be sung with sopranos and basses singing the melody, tenors singing the higher harmony part (an octave lower) and altos singing the lower harmony. Feel free to modify as needed—for example, the sopranos could sing the tenor part up an octavo to create a descant-like effect..
SINGING THE VERSES
To help with sight-reading and short preparation time-frames, the verses do not need to be sung in rhythm—they can be chanted, with the accompanying instruments playing chords following the cantor’s free-rhythm, going back into measured rhythm at the refrains. Also, when the verses are sung in rhythm, as written, the cantor doesn’t need to sing the music exactly as notated—both rhythm and notes may be modified as desired to reflect a free, pop-style sensibility. And if it helps, the verses may be sung at a slower tempo than the refrain.
Fully-produced recordings are available to stream and download. Instrumental tracks are also included which work well for rehearsing. Only one purchase per parish is necessary. Learn more.
Thank you for visiting and learning about The Living Church Acclaims. We hope that it will enhance your liturgies.
Scot & Karen Crandal
Zeal Music Publishing