Monday, February 14, 2011


Like Joseph Gelineau and Michel Guimont, there are a number of original Psalm tones that are used for multiple Psalms. For example, all the Psalm 72-based and Psalm 89-based responsories use the same tone (in the key of A, ending with an E); Psalms 1, 62, and 119 use the same tone (key of F, ending with an A); Psalms 122 and 126 use the same tone (key of D, ending with an F-sharp), etc. Most of the tones are chant-like, while some use a Gelineau-style tone (one beat per bar). Some, like Psalms 24, 146, and 67, use an actual Gregorian Psalm tone (at least in the verses, some in the refrain also). And, in the spirit of Lent, I took the liberty of adapting Psalm 51 to one of my favorite antiphons, Parce Domine.

Finally, downloading the Psalms from here is very easy. Just go to the post with the title of the Psalm you're looking for, click on the link that starts with the letters "PDF", save, print, and take with you to Holy Mass. Unlinked texts are in gray (or "grey", depending on where you're from). Links are in black.

If you want a quicker way of finding the Psalm you need, go to the link at the top of the page which says "Responsorial Psalm Calendar (Sunday Lectionary)" and click on the feast(s) you need. If the text is black, we have it. If the text is gray, it will be done soon.

Now you're ready to use the music posted in Christus Vincit Music.