Library & Index

The primary repository of song-sheets and resources is stored on Dropbox. Users should ask for access or sharing.

The lectionary cycle covers just over two thirds of the 150 psalms over the three years but many have been featured in blog posts. The ‘Search’ function is one way to find a particular psalm if it has been discussed previously, although it will also show anything with that number in it, which can be a little tiresome.

your wordThe attached pages present a partial index of psalms including a link to relevant blog posts or in some cases a very few of the thousands of musical settings available. It is not intended as a compendium of available music — see the links page for some useful ideas in that area.

Psalms lists: Index of posts relating primarily to the psalms listed.

Book 1, Ps. 1-41
Books 2 to 4, Ps. 42-106
Book 5, Ps. 107-150
Canticles and songs

As you will notice, there are some gaps. Psalm numbers appearing in bold type are those included in the Revised Common Lectionary, and not all of these have been featured. In an ideal world, those not so favoured would eventually receive the honour of a blog post; these ‘skips‘ are gradually being added as dedicated posts without date of appearance in the RCL.


(Greek ἀντίφωνον, ἀντί “opposite” + φωνή “voice”) a responsory by a choir or congregation, to a psalm or other text.

 Some categories

The penitential psalms are 6, 28, 32, 51, 102, 130, 143.
The psalms of ascent are 120 to 134.

Stashed away:

The list (below) of psalm tunes used at South Woden over the last few years is under reconstruction, and links may not work at present. (See opening note about Dropbox, the real library.)

When completed, it will include music not to be found in published sources or public domain websites – that is, mainly composed or arranged at SWUC.

Samples [Links not active]

1 Happy are they who delight
19 Sung to ‘By the rivers of Babylon‘ reggae version, 27 Jan 13.  Antiphon:

G               D7                                G                     D7
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight O Lord                                    (Ps 19:14)

25 Show me your way,
27 God is my light, whom shall I fear? (Not sung yet)
30 You turned my lament into dancing.
34 Taste and see,
36 How precious is your steadfast love
63 My soul thirsts for the living God, Communion setting 1, sung by male voices 2013
71 In you O Lord
72 verse 1 May honour flourish
72 verse 3 May the mountains bear peace
81 verse 1 Sing aloud to God our strength, sung to O taste and see; see Psalm 34
84 How dear to me is your dwelling place
85 Show us your mercy O God
90 A setting after the Slavonic
91 My refuge and my fortress, sung to 12-bar blues in F
98 Sing a new song
104 I will sing praise to God, Gregorian chant in support of Hildegard day 2013
Ps 104 cantors 22Sep13 WIP_html_54be5d52 119 From verse 97, O how I love your teaching, as sung by Male Voices to Communion chant variation
126 Orthodox setting (Slavonian)


St Gallen

St Gallen village scene

This is an excuse to mention the UNESCO-listed Swiss monastery and baroque library in St Gallen (St Gall), definitely worth a visit.

As well as the fascinating library, the Abbey was the source of one of several systems of neumes, or shorthand musical annotations, for psalms and other songs.

For interest, the e-library is here >, though a little German language will help. The Wiki entry enthuses that St Gallen is:

… one of earliest and most important monastic libraries in the world.

Abbey Library, St Gallen

Abbey Library, St Gallen

The interior, being baroque, may appear over the top. But behind this more modest facade (right) are all sort of treasures both musical as well as literary and historical.

The St Gallen system was similar to the one shown at below, rather than square notation which became standard after the 12th century. This example is actually in the Humanist Library, also worth a visit, in Sélestat in Alsace.

Manuscript from 11C in Sélestat

Try this at home

And on another track, ten points to anyone who can identify not the tune but the meaning of the notes shown here adorning the front of this nice house in Vaison la Romaine.

What do these notes mean?

What do these notes mean?

Nothing to do with psalms at all, I freely admit; but hey, sometimes you have to cut loose.

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