Gradual Psalm Settings

YEAR A

Advent, Year A

First Sunday in Advent

Second Sunday in Advent

Third Sunday in Advent

Fourth Sunday in Advent

 

Christmas, Year A

Christmas I

Christmas II

Christmas III

First Sunday after Christmas

The Holy Name

Second Sunday after Christmas

 

Epiphany, Year A

The Epiphany (January 6)

First Sunday after Epiphany

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Eighth Sunday after Epiphany

Last Sunday after Epiphany

 

Lent, Year A

Ash Wednesday

First Sunday in Lent

Second Sunday in Lent

Third Sunday in Lent

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Fifth Sunday in Lent

 

Holy Week, Year A

Palm Sunday

Monday in Holy Week

Tuesday in Holy Week

Wednesday in Holy Week

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Holy Saturday

 

Easter, Year A

The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Day:

Easter Day: Early Service

Easter Day: Principal Service

Easter Day: Evening Service

Easter Week:

Monday in Easter Week

Tuesday in Easter Week

Wednesday in Easter Week

Thursday in Easter Week

Friday in Easter Week

Second Sunday in Easter

Third Sunday in Easter

Fourth Sunday in Easter

Fifth Sunday in Easter

Sixth Sunday in Easter

Ascension Day

Seventh Sunday in Easter

 

Pentecost, Year A

Vigil of Pentecost

Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

 

Sundays after Pentecost, Year A

Propers for Sunday closest to listed date

First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

Proper 1: May 11

Proper 2: May 18

Proper 3:May 25

Proper 4: June 1

Proper 5: June 8

Proper 6: June 15

Proper 7: June 22

Proper 8: June 29

Proper 9: July 6

Proper 10: July 13

Proper 11: July 20

Proper 12: July 27

Proper 13: August 3

Proper 14: August 10

Proper 15: August 17

Proper 16: August 24

Proper 17: August 31

Proper 18: September 7

Proper 19: September 14

Proper 20: September 21

Proper 21: September 28

Proper 22: October 5

Proper 23: October 12

Proper 24: October 19

Proper 25: October 26

Proper 26: November 2

Proper 27: November 9

Proper 28: November 16

Proper 29: November 23

YEAR B

Advent, Year B

First Sunday in Advent

Second Sunday in Advent

Third Sunday in Advent

Fourth Sunday in Advent

 

Christmas, Year B

Christmas I

Christmas II

Christmas III

First Sunday after Christmas

The Holy Name

Second Sunday after Christmas

 

Epiphany, Year B

The Epiphany (January 6)

First Sunday after Epiphany

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Eighth Sunday after Epiphany

Last Sunday after Epiphany

 

Lent, Year B

Ash Wednesday

First Sunday in Lent

Second Sunday in Lent

Third Sunday in Lent

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Fifth Sunday in Lent

 

Holy Week, Year B

Palm Sunday

Monday in Holy Week

Tuesday in Holy Week

Wednesday in Holy Week

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Holy Saturday

 

Easter, Year B

The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Day:

Easter Day: Early Service

Easter Day: Principal Service

Easter Day: Evening Service

Easter Week:

Monday in Easter Week

Tuesday in Easter Week

Wednesday in Easter Week

Thursday in Easter Week

Friday in Easter Week

Second Sunday in Easter

Third Sunday in Easter

Fourth Sunday in Easter

Fifth Sunday in Easter

Sixth Sunday in Easter

Ascension Day

Seventh Sunday in Easter

 

Pentecost, Year B

Vigil of Pentecost

Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

 

Sundays after Pentecost, Year B

Propers for Sunday closest to listed date

First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

Proper 1: May 11

Proper 2: May 18

Proper 3:May 25

Proper 4: June 1

Proper 5: June 8

Proper 6: June 15 (B. Ford)

Proper 7: June 22

Proper 8: June 29

Proper 9: July 6

Proper 10: July 13

Proper 11: July 20

Proper 12: July 27

Proper 13: August 3

Proper 14: August 10

Proper 15: August 17

Proper 16: August 24

Proper 17: August 31

Proper 18: September 7

Proper 19: September 14

Proper 20: September 21

Proper 21: September 28

Proper 22: October 5

Proper 23: October 12

Proper 24: October 19

Proper 25: October 26

Proper 26: November 2

Proper 27: November 9

Proper 28: November 16

Proper 29: November 23

YEAR C

Advent, Year C

First Sunday in Advent

Second Sunday in Advent

Third Sunday in Advent

Fourth Sunday in Advent

 

Christmas, Year C

Christmas I

Christmas II

Christmas III

First Sunday after Christmas

The Holy Name

Second Sunday after Christmas

 

Epiphany, Year C

The Epiphany (January 6)

First Sunday after Epiphany

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Eighth Sunday after Epiphany

Last Sunday after Epiphany

 

Lent, Year C

Ash Wednesday

First Sunday in Lent

Second Sunday in Lent

Third Sunday in Lent

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Fifth Sunday in Lent

 

Holy Week, Year C

Palm Sunday

Monday in Holy Week

Tuesday in Holy Week

Wednesday in Holy Week

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Holy Saturday

 

Easter, Year C

The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Day:

Easter Day: Early Service

Easter Day: Principal Service

Easter Day: Evening Service

Easter Week:

Monday in Easter Week

Tuesday in Easter Week

Wednesday in Easter Week

Thursday in Easter Week

Friday in Easter Week

Second Sunday in Easter

Third Sunday in Easter

Fourth Sunday in Easter

Fifth Sunday in Easter

Sixth Sunday in Easter

Ascension Day

Seventh Sunday in Easter

 

Pentecost, Year C

Vigil of Pentecost

Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

 

Sundays after Pentecost, Year C

Propers for Sunday closest to listed date

First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

Proper 1: May 11

Proper 2: May 18

Proper 3:May 25

Proper 4: June 1

Proper 5: June 8

Proper 6: June 15

Proper 7: June 22

Proper 8: June 29

Proper 9: July 6

Proper 10: July 13

Proper 11: July 20

Proper 12: July 27

Proper 13: August 3

Proper 14: August 10

Proper 15: August 17

Proper 16: August 24

Proper 17: August 31

Proper 18: September 7

Proper 19: September 14

Proper 20: September 21

Proper 21: September 28

Proper 22: October 5

Proper 23: October 12

Proper 24: October 19

Proper 25: October 26

Proper 26: November 2

Proper 27: November 9

Proper 28: November 16

Proper 29: November 23

Settings by Mr. James McGregor

Please click on the title below to access the McGregor Gradual Psalm Settings

Eucharistic Lectionary Psalms for Sundays and Major Holy Days

(Prayer Book Lectionary)

Arranged in Responsorial Style by James McGregor

Director of Music, Emeritus

While the website is being updated, many of the responsorial psalm settings will be unavailable.

If you need a particular setting listed below, please contact Fr. Bates or Director of Music.

Introduction

In 1971, soon after the introduction of Services for Trial Use and the three-year Eucharistic Lectionary, James McGregor began arranging psalms in responsorial style for use at Grace Church. These psalms have served the parish well for many years, and we publish them here with the hope that other congregations will find them useful.

 

Most of the refrains are based upon Gregorian office antiphons or centonized from the melodic stock out of which the office antiphons were composed.  A few are original compositions (modal and in prose rhythm). The psalm verses are fully notated.  

  

The psalms are held in Copyright (©) by James McGregor but he authorizes local churches to reproduce them for their own use.


Singing the Psalm Verses

 

The following suggestions offered by Winfred Douglas in the introduction to The Plainsong Psalter (1932) are still worth heeding:

The Intonation is sung ... at the same pace as the Recitation.

The Recitation is neither faster nor slower than any other part of the Chant.  It is joined to the Cadence without any rhythmical break...

 

All phrases should close with a slight diminuendo; this should be more marked when the final syllable is weak.

 

All of the words are to be read distinctly, deliberately, smoothly, and naturally; but also evenly, not hurrying little syllables; nor delaying heavy ones, unless two accented syllables occur together, in which case the first is naturally lengthened.

 

Singers must not, however, protract such syllables more than they would be protracted in normal speech. 

The quarter bar is used in recitations to indicate pauses for breath.


Accompaniment

 

In some places it will be found necessary to accompany these psalms.  We cannot provide accompaniments, but we recommend that organists who wish to learn how to devise their own accompaniments consult: J. H. Arnold, Plainsong Accompaniment (London: Oxford University Press, 1927).  Photocopies of this work are available from University Microfilms International.