Responding To The Psalms

February 2024

RESPONDING TO THE PSALMS – MAY 2024

– a project of the Spirituality Committee of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

 

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!

The heavens are not too high, his praise may thither fly,

the earth is not too low, his praises there may grow.

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!

 

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!

The church with psalms must shout, no door can keep them out;

but, above all, the heart must bear the longest part.

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!

from The Temple [1633] by George Herbert

 

We offer the Sunday Responsorial Psalm as a focus for your prayer and reflection during the week ahead

for yourself or to share with others. You could note your own thoughts as a possible personal journal.

Acknowledgements: Excerpts from The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins.

Sunday 5 May 2024 Sixth Sunday of Easter         We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song [Augustine]

 

Responsorial Psalm                                                                                                                                         Psalm 97(98):1-4

 

THE LORD HAS SHOWN HIS SALVATION TO THE NATIONS  or  ALLELUIA!

 

Sing a new song to the Lord

 for he has worked wonders.

His right hand and his holy arm

 have brought salvation.

We need to remember that the Resurrection is God’s ultimate wonder. Let us sing Alleluia

It is good to stop and reflect how the Father raised Jesus from the dead to save us all

 

The Lord has made known his salvation;

 has shown his justice to the nations.

He has remembered his truth and love

 for the house of Israel.

The Resurrection is the hope and promise of eternal life for all people. Let us sing Alleluia

In response pray to imitate the Father’s justice, truth and love in all our relationships

 

All the ends of the earth have seen

 the salvation of our God.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth,

 ring out your joy.

Pray that the Church will find new ways to help people see how God offers salvation to them

Ask the Spirit to give us joy in our own lives, a joy which we can communicate to others

 

 

 

Thursday 9 May 2024 The Ascension of the Lord

 

Responsorial Psalm                                                                                                                         Psalm 46(47):2-3,6-9

 

GOD GOES UP WITH SHOUTS OF JOY; THE LORD GOES UP WITH TRUMPET BLAST  or  ALLELUIA!

 

All peoples, clap your hands,

 cry to God with shouts of joy!

For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,

 great king over all the earth.

How do we prayerfully applaud the Father for today’s feast – Christ is now ascended, exalted in glory?

Contemplate Jesus crucified, then risen, and now interceding for us at God’s right hand. [Romans 8:34]

 

God goes up with shouts of joy;

 the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

Sing praise for God, sing praise,

 sing praise to our king, sing praise.

Ask for a deepening of joy in our hearts as we celebrate this great feast

Pray for all who help us celebrate our liturgy, especially musicians

 

God is king of all the earth,

 sing praise with all your skill.

God is king over the nations;

 God reigns on his holy throne.

Pray for the king, those in local and national government and all who have any power to use it as God wants

Pray for the mission of the Church to communicate the gospel to all nations

 

 

 

 

Sunday 12 May 2024 Seventh Sunday of Easter 

 

Responsorial Psalm                                                                                         Psalm 102(103):1-2,11-12,19-20

 

THE LORD HAS SET HIS SWAY IN HEAVEN  or  ALLELUIA!

 

My soul, give thanks to the Lord

 all my being, bless his holy name.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord

 and never forget all his blessings.

Give thanks to God for just being God in your life

Give thanks to God for all the blessings he has shared with you in your lifetime

 

For as the heavens are high above the earth

 so strong is his love for those who fear him.

As far as the east is from the west

 so far does he remove our sins.

Give thanks to God for all the love he has shared with you and through others

Give thanks to God for the way he forgives out sins and shares new life with us

 

The Lord has set his sway in heaven

 and his kingdom is ruling over all.

Give thanks to the Lord, all his angels,

 mighty in power, fulfilling his word.

Give thanks to God for all of creation and pray that we will care for our common home

Give thanks to God for his angels – those in heaven and those who have been angels for you in your life

 

 

 

 

Sunday 19 May 2024 Pentecost

 

Responsorial Psalm                                                                                                         Psalm 103(104):1,24,29-31,34

 

SEND FORTH YOUR SPIRIT, O LORD, AND RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH  or  ALLELUIA!

 

Bless the Lord, my soul!

 Lord God, how great you are,

How many are your works, O Lord!

 The earth is full of your riches.

As Pentecost brings Eastertime to a close we once again praise God for his greatness. Alleluia

We contemplate all of God’s creation and praise God for the wonders of his world which we inhabit. Alleluia

 

You take back your spirit, they die,

 returning to the dust from which they came.

You send forth your spirit, they are created;

 and you renew the face of the earth.

Thank God for the breath of life you have each day and that of those you love

Thank God for the way his will sustains all living creatures and the world we inhabit

 

May the glory of the Lord last for ever!

 May the Lord rejoice in his works!

May my thoughts be pleasing to him.

 I find my joy in the Lord.

Pray the “Glory be to the Father…” slowly and with great joy in God.

Like Mary pray that the Holy Spirit will be with you in all your thoughts so that like her you can glorify the Lord

 

 

 

Sunday 26 May 2024 The Most Holy Trinity 

 

Responsorial Psalm                                                                                                         Psalm 32(33):4-6,9,18-20,22

 

HAPPY THE PEOPLE THE LORD HAS CHOSEN AS HIS OWN.

 

For the word of the Lord is faithful

 and all his works to be trusted.

The Lord loves justice and right

 and fills the earth with his love.

Thank God that he is faithful to us and that we can always trust him

Pray for people to imitate him in justice, right living, and true love

 

By his word the heavens were made,

 by the breath of his mouth all the stars.

He spoke; and it came to be.

 He commanded; it sprang into being.

Thank God for the heavens, the stars, the whole of the created world we share.

Pray that our words may always be fruitful and productive for ourselves and others

 

The Lord looks on those who revere him,

 on those who hope in his love,

to rescue their souls from death,

 to keep them alive in famine.

Thank God for all who share faith with you through baptism

Pray for all who suffer – the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, the sick, the dying

 

Our soul is waiting for the Lord.

 The Lord is our help and our shield.

May your love be upon us, O Lord,

 as we place all our hope in you.

Thank God for the times he has been our help and shield when we have faced difficulties

Pray that we will show his hope and his love to all we meet at this time