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Simple Psalms: For Schools
This download is a selection of psalms for the most common celebrations which occur throughout the school year, such Opening and Closing Masses, Graduation, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparents’ Day liturgies, and feasts and solemnities such as the feast of the Assumption, and the solemnity of St Mary of the Cross. It includes seasonal psalms for each of the seasons of Advent, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time, and responsorial psalms for sacraments such as Confirmation and 1st Eucharist. The Liturgical and Topical indexes are a useful guide to suitable psalms for a range of liturgies, but these suggestions are not definitive. The words and meaning of the psalm should always be the main criteria for choosing the most appropriate psalm for any liturgy.
Singing the psalms need not be restricted to the responsorial psalm after the first reading. Historically, psalms have been used as liturgical songs to accompany processions, to pronounce blessings, to express an individual’s prayer of grief and pleading, to unite a community in thanksgiving. A well-loved and well-known psalm can be used as a song at any point during the liturgy.
Who should sing the psalms? Everyone! And this new collection by Australian composer Patricia Smith makes that possible, especially for children. They are encouraged to take the role of psalmist, especially in celebrations where most of the participants are children. The melodies are simple and attractive. The rhythms are easy and interesting. Set for piano, guitar and vocal, this is a wonderful addition to the parish and school repertoire. Detailed and comprehensive indexes are provided.
This download includes a copyright license for printing one copy. For multiple copies, please specify the quantity of print licenses required in the shopping cart. Each singer/musician must have his or her own copy of the music. Reproduction of the free text and melody PDF can only be made via a ONELICENSE license.