Coming soon: The Wheatsheaf Psalms

Currently in preparation, The Wheatsheaf Psalms is a collection of simple psalms for use throughout the Church’s year, Sunday by Sunday and beyond. It uses texts from The Abbey Psalms and Canticles and the 2024 Lectionary for Mass for England and Wales, and Scotland.

Most of the settings in the collection have been parish-tested over many years and adapted for the 2024 Lectionary. Others are newly composed.

Singing psalms, simply

The Wheatsheaf Psalms settings are designed for parishes with limited resources, or who are just starting to sing the psalms. If you only have a cantor and maybe a guitarist, you can sing these psalms. They are simple to learn but with satisfying musical interest for more experienced musicians.

The verses are set to tones which are often musical progressions or mirror the responses themselves. The words of the verses are printed underneath the melody, so it’s always clear when to change note – no need to worry about finding the underline or omitting bars for shorter verses!

The Wheatsheaf Psalms doesn’t have a unique melody for every single psalm, so you don’t have to learn a new setting each week. Many psalms reoccur throughout the church’s year with different responses or selections of verses. Where the psalms have the same ‘mood’, the settings are based upon the same melody.

Common Psalms are the unsung heroes of the Lectionary – psalms you can use throughout a season. In The Wheatsheaf Psalms, Common Psalms are an integral part of our collection. Learn more about the Common Psalms and how to use them.

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    Audio clips

    These audio clips are samples based on draft texts of the 2024 Lectionary. They may not represent the published versions.