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Refrains to print in bulletins and programs or for projecting are available below in both PDF and TIF formats.

Here's a simple copyright line that can be placed under the music:
Music © Scot Crandal. Published by Zeal Music Publishing. Text © ICEL.

UPCOMING REFRAINS FOR THE CONGREGATION / ASSEMBLY
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Date Liturgy Psalm Gospel Acc
Oct 4 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 80
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Oct 11 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 23
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Oct 18 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 96
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Oct 25 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 18
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Nov 1 All Saints
Psalm 24
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Nov 8 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 63
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Nov 15 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 128
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Nov 22 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Psalm 23
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Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day
Psalm 113
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The Living Church Acclaims 2021

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Date Liturgy Psalm Gospel Acc
Nov 29
(2020)
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Psalm 80
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Dec 6 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Psalm 85
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Dec 8 THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Psalm 98
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Dec 12 OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Judith 13
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Dec 13 THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Luke 1
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Dec 20 FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Psalm 89
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Dec 24 THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (CHRISTMAS): At the Vigil Mass
Psalm 89
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Dec 25 THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (CHRISTMAS): At the Mass During the Night
Psalm 96
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Dec 25 THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (CHRISTMAS): At the Mass at Dawn
Psalm 97
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Dec 25 THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (CHRISTMAS): At the Mass During the Day
Psalm 98
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Dec 27 THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH
Psalm 105
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Jan 1 SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
Psalm 67
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Jan 3 THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
Psalm 72
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Jan 10 THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
Isaiah 12
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Jan 17 SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 40
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Jan 24 THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 25
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Jan 31 FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 95
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Feb 7 FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 147
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Feb 14 SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 32
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Feb 17 ASH WEDNESDAY
Psalm 51
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Feb 21 FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
Psalm 25
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Links for upcoming liturgies are added on a regular basis.

 

 

Some History

The Psalms have always been an important part of Catholic liturgy. The Liturgy of the Hours is centered on chanting or recitation of the Psalms, using fixed melodic formulas known as psalm tones. Early Catholics employed the Psalms widely in their individual prayers also; however, as knowledge of Latin (the language of the Roman Rite) became uncommon, this practice ceased among the unlearned. However, until the end of the Middle Ages, it was not unknown for the laity to join in the singing of the Little Office of Our Lady, which was a shortened version of the Liturgy of the Hours providing a fixed daily cycle of twenty-five psalms to be recited, and nine other psalms divided across Matins. 

The work of Bishop Richard Challoner in providing devotional materials in English meant that many of the psalms were familiar to English-speaking Catholics from the eighteenth century onwards. Challoner translated the entirety of the Lady Office into English, as well as Sunday Vespers and daily Compline. He also provided other individual Psalms such as 129/130 for prayer in his devotional books. Challoner is also noted for revising the Douay-Rheims Bible, and the translations he used in his devotional books are taken from this work. 

Until the Second Vatican Council the Psalms were either recited on a one-week or, less commonly (as in the case of Ambrosian rite), two-week cycle. Different one-week schemata were employed: most secular clergy followed the Roman distribution, while Monastic Houses almost universally followed that of St Benedict, with only a few congregations (such as the Benedictines of St Maur) following individualistic arrangements. The Breviaryintroduced in 1974 distributed the psalms over a four-week cycle. Monastic usage varies widely. Some use the four-week cycle of the secular clergy, many retain a one-week cycle, either following St Benedict's scheme or another of their own devising, while others opt for some other arrangement. 

Official approval was also given to other arrangements (see "Short" Breviaries in the 20th and early 21st century America for an in-progress study) by which the complete Psalter is recited in a one-week or two-week cycle. These arrangements are used principally by Catholic contemplative religious orders, such as that of the Trappists (see for example the Divine Office schedule at New Melleray Abbey). 

The General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours, 122 sanctions three modes of singing/recitation for the Psalms: 

  • directly (all sing or recite the entire psalm); 
  • antiphonally (two choirs or sections of the congregation sing or recite alternate verses or strophes); and 
  • responsorially (the cantor or choir sings or recites the verses while the congregation sings or recites a given response after each verse). 

Of these three the antiphonal mode is the most widely followed. 

Over the centuries, the use of complete Psalms in the liturgy declined. After the Second Vatican Council (which also permitted the use of vernacular languages in the liturgy), longer psalm texts were reintroduced into the Mass, during the readings. The revision of the Roman Missal after the Second Vatican Council reintroduced the singing or recitation of a more substantial section of a Psalm, in some cases an entire Psalm, after the first Reading from Scripture. This Psalm, called the Responsorial Psalm, is usually sung or recited responsorially, although the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 61 permits direct recitation.

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