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(from Psalm 46/47:8 - Psallite sapienter - Sing psalms with all your skill)



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Magnificat Music is delighted to be the exclusive British Isles distributor of Psallite, a refreshing new music project that can revitalize liturgical music in parishes large and small.

Psallite provides three items for every Sunday and major feastday of the entire three-year Lectionary cycle, and is available now.

The music of Psallite is essentially vocal - it works unaccompanied. All you need is a cantor and an assembly, so it's ideal for parishes with limited means. But for those with further resources, Psallite comes with keyboard accompaniments, guitar chords, and plenty of descants for groups and choirs. A cantor-choir edition is nearing completion.

The style of the music is eclectic, from plainchant to Afro-Caribbean to folksong and many others besides, and has its roots in modality. An important feature is that it is catchy, eminently singable, and memorable.

The music of Psallite is based on the age-old Church tradition of antiphon + psalm. A cantor sings the Antiphon, the assembly repeats it, the cantor sings a psalm verse, the assembly repeats the Antiphon, and so on - just like the Responsorial Psalm form; but Psallite also makes use of many user-friendly variants to the basic form so that it never becomes boring! Some of the pieces are longer than the usual kind of Responsorial Psalm, since they are designed to accompany the Entrance procession and the Communion procession as well as reflect on the 1st Reading in the Liturgy of the Word.

The Song for the Week may be your theme tune for the entire week - you might even find yourself humming it as you do the dishes! The Song for the Word may echo in your mind and keep the Word alive in your heart all day. The Song for the Table may be the one that you sing around your own dining table. This is why it's so vital that the music is as memorable as it is - it will get under your skin!

The music of Psallite has been written by the Collegeville Composers Group, five composers working collaboratively: two British and three American, three men and two women. From the UK, Paul Inwood and Catherine Christmas; from the USA, Fr Cyprian Consiglio OSBCam, Dr Paul Ford and Carol Browning. With very few exceptions, all the music has been written by all the composers working together.

The texts of the antiphons are biblically based. Psalm verses use the 1993 Grail Psalter (though any psalter can be used with these tones), while canticle verses from other biblical books mostly make use of the NRSV translation of scripture. The pointing uses the simplest possible system to make life easy for cantors.

For more details on the music and the composers, see the Liturgical Press website. Details of the accompaniment books, sampler music books and recordings are given below.

In the UK, Psallite is available direct from Magnificat Music (see How to Order) and also via Decani Music. Psallite is also covered by the Calamus licensing scheme.

The Accompaniment Books for Years A, B and C are all available. These contain complete keyboard accompaniments, guitar chords and vocal/choral descants, together with all the psalm and canticle texts, for 250 items in each volume. The Year A Accompaniment Book additionally contains comprehensive indexes covering all three years of the cycle.

Reprintable congregational editions are available on a separate graphics CD-ROM. This music is included in the Calamus copyright licence administered by Decani Music.


Year A Accompaniment Book: 250 items + indexes to all three volumes: Ref no Ps-A, spiral bound, £19.99

Year B Accompaniment Book: 250 items + indexes: Ref no. Ps-B, spiral bound, £19.99

Year C Accompaniment Book: 250 items + indexes: Ref no. Ps-C, spiral bound, £19.99


NEW! Combined sampler recording:

A Psallite Triptych containing all three sampler CDs in one pack: Ref. No. PsT, £25.00

Individual CDs are still available at a discounted rate to clear - see below.


Congregational antiphons CD-ROM: Ref no. P-CD, £24.99

Contains reproducible graphics for all the congregational antiphons in the entire 3-year Lectionary cycle. These can be used at no further cost by subscribers to the Calamus copyright licence.



a CANTOR/CHOIR EDITION which will be extremely useful for those who don't want to purchase the complete accompaniments for their singers. This covers all three years of the Lectionary cycle between two covers, and contains all the vocal parts and psalm tones, all of them interlined to assist those who find pointing difficult to manage. Additionally, many antiphons and psalm tones have been provided with SATB harmonies for those who wish to use them. This edition also contains all the comprehensive indexes contained in the Year A accompaniment book, and an additional index of Liturgical Use.

Ref no. PsCC: £16.00 per copy, £14.50 each for 5 or more, £13.00 each for 10 or more, £12.00 each for 20 or more.


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NB: All prices quoted are for European purchasers only, and do not include postage. Purchasers from outside Europe should order direct from Liturgical Press.


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You will be my witnesses —

Music for Christian Initiation

A brand new resource of music for the rites of initiation, in the same Psallite style as the previous books. For a PDF of the table of contents, click here.

Accompaniment: Ref no PYA, £9.95
Cantor/choir book: Ref no PYC, £2.50
CD recording: Ref no PYD, £14.95



The Psallite Mass ("At the Table of the Lord")

A complete resource collection of new music for the new translation of the Order of Mass, in a similar chant-based style to the other Psallite resources.


Penitential Act: choice of three settings
Song during the Sprinkling of Water
Gospel Acclamations for Advent, Lent, Eastertide and Ordinary Time
Easter and Pentecost Sequences
Nicene Creed
Apostles' Creed
Berakah Prayers: choice of three settings
All three memorial acclamations
Great Amen
Lord's Prayer with Embolism and "For the kingdom" Acclamation
Agnus Dei: choice of two settings, one of them twinned with one of the Penitential Act settings

Accompaniment: Ref no PsM, £9.95
CD recording: Ref no PsMC, £14.95

NB: All prices quoted are for European purchasers only, and do not include postage. Purchasers from outside Europe should order direct from Liturgical Press.







A sampler of 27 representative pieces from Year B of the Lectionary cycle, giving a view of the wide variety of styles and also the many forms that are possible within the basic antiphon + psalm format.

The Walk in my Ways CD not only shows how the music goes but is also great for listening and an aid to prayer. The performers are the five composers of the CCG, and they demonstrate how well this music can work when used totally unaccompanied. Occasionally percussion instruments are used too.

CD: Ref. no. W-CD, now reduced to £8.00

The Walk in my Ways Songbook contains all the music needed to make use of the 27 sample pieces in a parish context. Complete keyboard accompaniments, guitar chords and vocal/choral, descants are provided, together with all the psalm and canticle texts. Also included are reprint boxes for all the assembly antiphons, for use in orders of service.

Songbook: Ref no. W-Sb, now reduced to £5.00



A second sampler covering Year C of the Lectionary cycle, showing an even greater diversity of style and forms of accompaniment than Walk in my Ways. This remarkable recording containing 28 tracks is a great aid to prayer, and the songbook contains all the keyboard, guitar and vocal parts, plus all psalm/canticle tones and texts and assembly antiphons as above.

Songbook: Ref no: W2-Sb, now reduced to £5.00

CD: Ref no: W2-CD, £14.95, now reduced to £8.00



The third Psallite sampler, based on Year A of the Lectionary cycle. Another 26 remarkable tracks, containing a fascinating variety of music for liturgical use, listening, as an aid to prayer, etc. As with the other two samplers, the songbook contains all keyboard, guitar and vocal parts, plus all psalm/canticle tones and texts, and assembly antiphons for reproduction in orders of service.

Songbook: Ref. no: W3-Sb, now reduced to £5.00

CD: Ref no: W3-CD, now reduced to £8.00

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NB: All prices quoted are for European purchasers only, and do not include postage. Purchasers from outside Europe should order direct from Liturgical Press.


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