The Responsorial Psalms during Lent are a beautiful soundtrack for this season of repentance, reconciliation and renewal.
From Ash Wednesday through to the fifth Sunday of Lent they serve to:
- Remind us of our own sinfulness – “my offences truly, I know them; my sin is always before me…” (Ps 50:5)
- Call us to turn to God with open hearts – “O today listen to his voice, harden not your hearts…” (Ps 94:8)
- Proclaim God’s unending mercy – “if you, O Lord should mark our guilt, who would survive?” (Ps 129:3)
If you aren’t already singing the Psalms regularly in your school or parish, the season of Lent is a great time to start. Here are the links to accessible, contemporary settings that have been tried and tested.
- Ash Wednesday
- 1st Sunday of Lent, Year A
- 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A
- 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A
- 4th Sunday of Lent, Year A
- 5th Sunday of Lent, Year A
Of course, the Psalms can be prayed and sung outside of Mass too – so get creative with your use of these settings. You can use them for morning prayer and assembly; in the classroom or staffroom, during Children’s Liturgy of the Word even during your Lent Reconciliation Services.
How do you plan to use the Psalms during Lent? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below…