The 50 days of Eastertide from Easter Sunday to the feast of Pentecost are meant to be experienced as “one great Sunday“. It is a time of joyful exuberance, as we celebrate our encounters with the Risen Christ.
Reciting – rather than singing – the psalm during this most joyous of seasons would be a bit of a travesty.
So if your repertoire is lacking settings of these wonderful psalms, why not try these accessible, contemporary settings for Year A: (click links below)
- 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year A ~ “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.” (Psalm 117)
- 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A ~ “Show us, Lord, the path of life.” (Psalm 26)
- 4th Sunday of Easter, Year A ~ “The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” (Psalm 22)
- 5th Sunday of Easter, Year A ~ “May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.” (Psalm 32)
- 6th Sunday of Easter, Year A ~ “Cry out with joy to God all the earth.” (Psalm 65)
- 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 A ~ “I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.” (Psalm 26)
- Pentecost ~ “Send forth your spirit, O Lord and renew the face of the earth.” (Psalm 103)
In 2007, in England & Wales the 7th Sunday of Easter was replaced by the Ascension of the Lord, however we are back to celebrating that feast on Thursday.
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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