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Date Liturgy

Psalm
OneLicense ID

Gospel Acc
OneLicense ID

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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Feb 28 SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
Psalm 116
   
Mar 7 THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
Psalm 19
   
Mar 7 RCIA OPTION: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
Psalm 95
   
Mar 14 FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Psalm 137
   
Mar 14 RCIA OPTION: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Psalm 23
   
Mar 21 FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Psalm 51
   
Mar 21 RCIA OPTION: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Psalm 130
   
Mar 28 PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
Psalm 22
   
Apr 1 THURSDAY OF THE LORD'S SUPPER (Holy Thursday): At the Evening Mass
Psalm 116
   
Apr 2 FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD (Good Friday)
Psalm 31
   
Apr 3 THE EASTER VIGIL IN THE HOLY NIGHT
Psalm 104
Psalm 33
Psalm 16
Exodus 15
Psalm 30
Isaiah 12
Psalm 19
Psalm 42
Isaiah 12
Psalm 51
Psalm 118
   
Apr 4 EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD:
At the Mass During the Day

Psalm 118
   
Apr 11 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (or Sunday of Divine Mercy)
Psalm 118
   
Apr 18 THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
Psalm 4
   
Apr 25 FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Psalm 118
   
May 2 FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Psalm 22
   
May 9 SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Psalm 22
   
May 13
or 16
THE ASCENSION OF EASTER
Psalm 47
   
May 16 SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Psalm 103
   
May 22 PENTECOST SUNDAY: At the Vigil Mass (Extended Form)
Psalm 33
Daniel 3
Psalm 19
Psalm 107
Psalm 104
   
May 23 PENTECOST SUNDAY: At the Mass During the Day
Psalm 104
   
May 30 THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
Psalm 33
   
Jun 6 THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (Corpus Christi)
Psalm 116
   
Jun 13 11th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 92
   
Jun 20 12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 107
   
Jun 27 13th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 30
   
Jul 4 14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 123
   
Jul 11 15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 85
   
Jul 18 16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 23
   
Jul 25 17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 145
   
Aug 1 18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 78
   
Aug 8 19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 34
   
Aug 14 ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:
At the Vigil Mass

Psalm 132
   
Aug 15 ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:
At the Mass During the Day

Psalm 45
   
Aug 22 21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 34
   
Aug 29 22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 15
   
Sep 5 23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 146
   
Sep 12 24th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 116
   
Sep 19 25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 54
   
Sep 26 26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 19
   
Oct 3 27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 128
   
Oct 10 28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 90
   
Oct 17 29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 33
   
Oct 24 30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 126
   
Oct 31 31st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 18
   
Nov 1 ALL SAINTS
Psalm 24
   
Nov 7 32nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 146
   
Nov 14 33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalm 16
   
Nov 21 OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
Psalm 93
   
Nov 25 THANKSGIVING DAY
Psalm 113
   

 

 

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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