St. Simon and St. Jude

Roman Catholic Church, Streatham Hill


What are the Psalms? The following is a very brief summary  condensed from the rich vein of literature 8 Tones of the Psalmfound on-line and from CTS publications. For more information see the following, which you may find helpful. Please click on link here.

The Psalter: This covers the whole collection of Psalms, Year A, B and C settings.

Responsorial Psalm:  This is a psalm, one verse of which is used as an introduction and refrain. The congregation join in on the refrain after the cantor has intoned the refrain, with other verses interspersed (usually sung by a cantor).

The Psalms are a collection of about 150 songs, prayers, poems and hymns gathered over a considerable period of time.  There are many different types of psalms, these can reflect stories, while others are songs of praise and some are prayers of repentance. 

Psalm13-6While each psalm has its own unique character, they are all deeply emotional and profoundly spiritual.  They encompass and express the whole range of human emotions from sorrow, joy, lamentation and depression to praise and celebration. 

The Psalms are divided into five books: 1-41, 42-72, 73-89, 90-106 and 107-150.   

The ancient Israelites prayed the Psalms in the tabernacle and then in the Temple from the time of David down to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD.  Since then the Jewish people have continued to pray the Psalms.  The earliest Christians also prayed the Psalms (see Eph 5:19; Col 3:16) and the Psalms were incorporated into the liturgy of the Mass. 

The 2nd Vatican Council set into motion the renewal of the Responsorial Psalm. The mass is divided into two parts, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The psalm response can be considered as the key to the Liturgy of the Word.

Please see below the selected Psalm for the day, and the cantor who will intone it.

We appreciate emergencies and the unexpected happens in life, however if for any reason you cannot cantor, let us know immediately, to allow for the stand-in cantor to prepare. Use this link to CONTACT US please. Thank You.

We use, The Complete Responsorial Psalter ©. Years A, B & C. Edited by Stephen Dean. McCrimmons, Great Wakering, Essex. ISBN 085597585-7. The revised and updated edition 2000. Click on this link here (available from Decani Music)(Or please click here ).

Psalmists please check the Readers - Rota, click here, if you are also marked for reading please seek a substitute reader or psalmist well in advance, preferably on the Monday prior when we rehearse and sing hymns or use the contact us link above. Thank you.

Taken in the main from The Complete Psalter © - Years A,B & C. McCrimmons revised 2000 reprint.

bk of psalms 



Psalter Page

The Holy Trinity (C) - 16th June 2019 

Psalm 8:4-9: How great is your name, O Lord our God, through all the earth.


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page 177

2nd tune

The Body and Blood of Christ (C) 23rd June 2019 

Psalm 109(110): You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

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page 178

1st tune


St. Peter & St. Paul (C) - 30th June 2019 

Psalm 33(34): From all my terrors the Lord set me free.


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page tbc

1st tune

14th Sunday Ordinary Time (C) – 7th July 2019 - BBQ - Family Mass. 

Psalm 65(66): Cry out with joy to God all the earth.


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sheet music

1st tune


PLEASE REMEMBER, the CHOIR IS ON SUMMER BREAK  (Please click on this link for dates /details )

Psalm 91 



Psalms 104:33 - I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.


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