The 50 days of Eastertide from Easter Sunday to the feast of Pentecost are a time of great joy. We celebrate our encounters with the Risen Christ as “one great Sunday“.
Given that this is a season of rejoicing, singing the psalms rather than reciting them is especially fitting.
So if you find that you lack settings of these responsorial psalms, why not try these accessible, contemporary settings for Year B: (click links below)
- 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B ~ “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.” (Psalm 117)
- 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B ~ “Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.” (Psalm 4) *coming soon
- 4th Sunday of Easter, Year B ~ “The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.” (Psalm 117) *coming soon
- 5th Sunday of Easter, Year B ~ “You, Lord, are my praise in the great assembly.” (Psalm 21)
- 6th Sunday of Easter, Year B ~ “The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.” (Psalm 97)
- The Ascension of the Lord ~ “God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.” (Psalm 46) *
- 7th Sunday of Easter, Year B ~ “The Lord has set his sway in heaven.” (Psalm 102) *coming soon
- Pentecost Sunday ~ “Send forth your spirit, O Lord and renew the face of the earth.” (Psalm 103)
* In England and Wales, from 2007 to 2017 the Ascension of the Lord was transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. In 2018, we reverted to the Thursday following the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
If you’re feeling especially ambitious, you might want to check some of our other Lent and Easter resources:
- Responsorial Psalms for Lent, Year B
- 3 Common Responsorial Psalms for Lent
- Responsorial Psalms for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum
- 2 Common Responsorial Psalms for Eastertide
To underline the mood of this great season, any of the responses for the Psalms can be replaced by a sung (normally three-fold) ‘Alleluia’. And why not? “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!” (~ St Augustine of Hippo)
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