After the austerity of Lent, the 50 days of Eastertide from Easter Sunday to the feast of Pentecost are to be celebrated as “one great Sunday“. It is a time of great rejoicing, as we remember our experiences with the Risen Christ.
As this is one of our most joyous seasons, singing – rather than reciting – the psalms is especially delightful.
If your repertoire is lacking settings for these wonderful psalms, why not try these accessible, contemporary settings for Year C: (click links below)
- 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year C ~ “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.” (Psalm 117)
- 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year C ~ “I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.” (Psalm 29)
- 4th Sunday of Easter, Year C ~ “We are his people, the sheep of his flock.” (Psalm 99)
- 5th Sunday of Easter, Year C ~ “I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.” (Psalm 144)
- 6th Sunday of Easter, Year C ~ “Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.” (Psalm 66)
- 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 C ~ “The Lord is king, most high above all the earth.” (Psalm 96)
- 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 C
- 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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