Psalm refrains for use with a common chant


Refrain for Psalm 24

This is the second of a group of psalm responses I’ve been writing for use with a common chant for use over the summer period while the choir are away. Based on the RCL (Revised Common Lectionary), although they could easily be used with the Roman Lectionary or the Common Worship Lectionary.

The refrain above is for the responsorial psalm for this coming Sunday (5 after Pentecost (B)).

The psalm chant can either be plainsong (usually Mode VIII) or a traditional simple chant whose melody is identical to the first half of that by Dom Gregory Murray OSB. The notes of the simple chant ( G | E G | A : A | G E | G || ) are suitably vague as to work in a number of different modes, so as to reflect the nature of the psalm text: joyful, neutral, or sad.

The first refrain for Ps 48 was “We have waited for your loving kindness, O God, in the midst of your temple”.

Texts from Common Worship: Services and Prayer for the Church of England are copyright (c) 2000 The Archbishops’ Council.
Music is copyright (c) 2009 The Art of Music. However, you are welcome to use it if you find it useful.

The music is typeset with SCORE, naturally!

Your comments are very welcome!

One thought on “Psalm refrains for use with a common chant

  1. alistairwarwick

    The refrain has an additional word “you” before “gates” (the original reads “O gates”). If you want to use the original text then just sing the two notes G & A on the word “O”.

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