Each season in the liturgical calendar has a selection of Common Psalms and/or Common Response(s). The idea is that they can be used in place of the given psalm for any Sunday or weekday during that season.
The three psalms below are the Common Psalms for Lent. The text of these psalm really captures the essence of the season, and they are a great place to start for any community that hasn’t quite established a complete repertoire of Responsorial Psalms for all five Sundays of Lent.
COMMON PSALM 1
Psalm 50:3–6. 12-14. 17 r.cf. 3
Have mercy on us, Lord, for we have sinned.
Click here to download PDF melody line and chords.Ps 50. Have Mercy On Us - Common Psalm for Lent
CCLI No. 4583422
COMMON PSALM 2
Psalm 90:1-2. 10-15 r. cf. 15
Be with me, Lord, in my distress.
Click here to download PDF melody line and chords.Ps 90. Be with me, O Lord - Common Psalm for Lent
CCLI No. 7123417
COMMON PSALM 3
Psalm 129:1-8 r. 7
With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
click here to download PDF melody line and chords.Ps 129. With the Lord - Common Psalm for Lent
CCLI No. 5079887
Psalms of Mercy
Each of these psalms actually occurs on a least one Sunday in Lent in either year A, B or C. Psalm 50 – Common Psalm 1 is also the responsorial psalm for Ash Wednesday. If Lent had a theme song this would probably be it – so it’d be great one to start with.
Let us know how you get on.
We’d love to hear from you in the comments below…