Psalms Online

The psalms are valued by faith communities world-wide. They are part of a worship tradition going back almost four thousand years. They are an integral part of Church of Ireland worship and have been sung to Anglican chant in parish churches since the mid-1800s. Psalms Online makes it easy for you to use the chant. The psalm for each Sunday is provided in printable format. Notation within the text, known as pointing, links the words of the psalm to the notes. Organists, choir directors, and singers will benefit from having everything they need on a single page.

Since the start of the project in September 2019, we have used a small number of well-known Anglican chants consistently. This will allow you to become familiar with the chants and to use them with various psalms. We hope you will enjoy singing the psalms and that this project will help you to present them effectively.

To access the psalm(s) for a particular Sunday, click on the relevant link below, then download and print the page(s) you require.

The Psalms

June 2022

July 2022

  • Sunday 3rd July 2022 - The Third Sunday after Trinity (Proper 9)

  • Sunday 10th July 2022 - The Fourth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 10)

  • Sunday 17th July 2022 - The Fifth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 11)

  • Sunday 24th July 2022 -The Sixth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 12)

  • Sunday 31st July 2022 - The Seventh Sunday after Trinity (Proper 13)

August 2022

  • Sunday 7th August 2022 - The Eighth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 14)

  • Sunday 14th August 2022 - The Ninth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 15)

  • Sunday 21st August 2022 - The Tenth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 16)

  • Sunday 28th August 2022 -The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity (Proper 17)

The Canticles

Gospel Canticles

Other Canticles

Pointing and Gloria Patria

The double dagger sign indicates a verse where the second half of a double chant has to be repeated. The asterisk * shows where a break should be made, usually without taking a breath. Breath is to be taken at the end of lines. Most marks of punctuation have been omitted when they occur in places other than the end of a verse or half-verse. Should you need further guidance about using Anglican chant, instructions will be available elsewhere on this website shortly.

In the services of Matins and Evensong / Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, the Gloria Patri (Glory to the Father….) is usually added, at least at the end of the final psalm. This places the words in a distinctive Christian setting. However, at the Eucharist the psalm is considered to be part of the Ministry of the Word, which usually begins with a reading from the Hebrew scriptures. It is customary to omit the Gloria Patri when a psalm is used at the Eucharist.

Share your Experience

Please share your experience of using Anglican chant. You can contact us on Facebook or by sending an email to Jacqueline: honsec@churchmusicdublin.org. We will be delighted to receive comments and suggestions for the Psalms Online project. If you find any errors, please let us know and we’ll fix them.

The Psalter

The psalms and pointing are consistent with the Church of Ireland Book of Common Prayer 2004 and the Church of England service book Common Worship, 2000. The starting point for the translation was the Psalter in the Standard Book of Common Prayer 1979 of the Episcopal Church in the USA. The present revised version was published in 1999 by the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission. The Commission aimed, broadly, to retain where possible the flavour of the language and rhythms of the much-loved 1540 Coverdale translation, which are so bound up with Anglican ways of saying and singing the psalms. Often, the Commission kept familiar poetic phrases but only where the original Hebrew warranted the translation.

The choice of psalms is as provided by the Revised Common Lectionary, which follows a three year cycle. From Advent Sunday, 28th November 2021, Year C is used. During Ordinary Time, after Trinity Sunday, the appointed psalm is determined by whether the ‘Paired / Related’ or ‘Continuous’ set of scripture readings is used. The psalm for each option is provided.

[Click this link to view the Irish Church Psalter, 1930, and a list of chant books published by the APCK, Dublin since 1868.]


Acknowledgements

The Common Worship Psalter is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council, London, and is reproduced by permission. We gratefully acknowledge the co-operation of the Council; and of the Royal School of Church Music for permission to use the pointing of the psalms used in the RSCM Common Worship Psalter.