Traditional Psalm Distribution for Sunday Vespers


SUNDAY

The Sunday Psalms are almost entirely unchanged. Psalms 114 & 115 are traditionally one Psalm. The differences are mostly in the Antiphons.

Psalm 110: The Lord said* unto my Lord, sit Thou at My right hand.

                      Eastertide: Alleluia. 

Psalm 111: All His commandments* are sure; they stand fast for ever and ever.

Psalm 112: In His commandments*  he delighteth greatly.

Psalm 113: Blessed be the name* of the Lord for evermore.

Psalms 114-115We that live* bless the Lord.

                    Eastertide:  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

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The Psalm Distribution Series (ii)


Having completed the weekly course of the Psalms of the ancient Roman Rite using the Anglican Breviary, we must also look at the Psalms of the other Hours of the day. The restoring of the traditional distribution will have an effect on the other Hours of the day simply because the reforms of St. Pius X spread many of the Matins & Lauds Psalms over the different Hours of the day. Thus from 1911 onward the “Little Hours” each had their own Psalms rather than Psalm 119 spread over the several Hours. Compline also received its own Psalms depending on the day of the week. Restoring the Psalter at Matins and Lauds can only be done if we also restore the traditional distribution of Psalms at the other Hours. Unless, of course, one would happy praying the Divine Office in an entirely chaotic kind of way.

I will continue this series with the Psalter Distribution for Vespers and once that has been completed I will also add the Little Hours to the series.

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Traditional Psalm Distribution for Saturday Lauds


SATURDAY the OFFICE of LAUDS

PSALMS

Antiphons

Antiphon: Do good.

51 – A21

Antiphon: Do good, O Lord, in Thy good pleasure.

Antiphon: It is a good thing.

92 – B158-9

Antiphon: It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.

Antiphon: Let all the ends.

63 & 67 – B65

Antiphon: Let all the ends of the earth fear the Lord.

Antiphon: Ascribe ye greatness.

Deuteronomy 32. 1. – B162-5

Antiphon: Ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

Antiphon: Praise God.

Pss 148 (B11), 149 (B158), 150, (B160) as one Psalm.

Antiphon: Praise God upon the loud cymbals.

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Traditional Psalm Distribution for Saturday Matins


SATURDAY the OFFICE of MATINS

PSALMS

Antiphons:

Throughout the Year: For the Lord.

Eastertide: Alleluia.

98 – B109

99 – B132-3

Throughout the year: For the Lord hath done marvelous things.

Antiphon: Make a joyful noise.

100 – B10

101 – B87

Antiphon: Make a joyful noise unto God all ye lands.

Antiphon: O God.

102 – B167-8

103 – C395-6

Antiphon: O God, let my cry come unto Thee.

Antiphon: Bless the Lord.

104 – C428-30

105 – B151

Antiphon: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Antiphon: Visit us.

106 – B153-55

107 – B155-7

Antiphon: Visit us with Thy salvation, O Lord.

Antiphon: I will greatly praise.

108 – B166

109 – B170-1

Throughout the year: I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth.

Eastertide: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

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Traditional Psalm Distribution for Friday Lauds


FRIDAY the OFFICE of LAUDS

PSALMS

Antiphons

Antiphon: Uphold mine heart.

51 – A21

Antiphon: Uphold mine heart with Thy free spirit, O God.

Antiphon: In Thy faithfulness.

143 – B133

Antiphon: In Thy faithfulness answer me, O Lord.

Antiphon: O Lord.

63 & 67 – B65

Antiphon: O Lord, cause Thy face to shine upon us.

Antiphon: O Lord, I have heard.

Habakkuk 3. 2. – B137-8

Antiphon: O Lord, I have heard Thy speech, and was afraid.

Antiphon: Praise God.

Pss 148 (B11), 149 (B158), 150, (B160) as one Psalm.

Antiphon: Praise God with the timbrel and dance.

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Traditional Psalm Distribution for Friday Matins


FRIDAY the OFFICE of MATINS

PSALMS

Antiphons:

Throughout the Year: Sing aloud.

Eastertide: Alleluia.

81 – B130-1

82 – B142

Throughout the year: Sing aloud unto God our strength.

Antiphon: Thou alone.

83 – B131-2

84 – B142-3

Antiphon: Thou alone art the Most High over all the earth.

Antiphon: Lord.

85 – B134

86 – B149-50

Antiphon: Lord, Thou hast been favourable unto Thy land.

Antiphon: Her foundation.

87 – B143

88 – B174

Antiphon: Her foundation is in the holy mountains.

Antiphon: Blessed.

89 – C55

90 – B109-10

Antiphon: Blessed be the Lord for evermore.

Antiphon: Sing.

91 – B33

96 – B64

Throughout the year: Sing unto the Lord, and bless His name.

Eastertide: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

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The Traditional Psalm Distribution for Thursday Lauds


THURSDAY the OFFICE of LAUDS

PSALMS

Antiphons

Antiphon: Against Thee, thee only.

51 – A21

Antiphon: Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, have mercy upon me, O Lord.

Antiphon: Lord.

90 – B109

Antiphon: Lord Thou hast been our refuge.

Antiphon: I meditate.

63 & 67 – B65

Antiphon: I meditate upon Thee in the night watches.

Antiphon: Let us sing.

Exodus 15 – B114

Antiphon; Let us sing gloriously unto the Lord.

Antiphon: Praise God.

Pss 148 (B11), 149 (B158), 150, (B160) as one Psalm.

Antiphon: Praise God in His Sanctuary.

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