Responsorial Psalms for Advent, Year A

Advent is more than a season of waiting – it is a season of prayerful expectation and anticipation. Through the four weeks of Advent the readings and psalms express the two-fold nature of this profound sense of expectation.


Firstly we anticipate, with joyful hope, the second coming of Jesus. Secondly, we anticipate the joy-filled feast of the Nativity, when we celebrate the give thanks for the first coming of Jesus.

Singing (rather than absent-mindedly reciting!) the responsorial psalms of Advent is a great way to nurture our sense of longing, anticipation and expectation.

Try these accessible, contemporary settings for Year A: (click links below)

Apart from a few well-known Advent hymns, there aren’t many songs that put these words of Advent longing on our lips the way that the psalm do. Sing them. Pray them.

  • Click here for Responsorial Psalms for Advent, Year C

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