Divine Office Forum: single antiphon
single antiphon QUESTION from Gary Delahay on November 2, 2002 Brother, how does one do when there is a single antiphon for all three psalms, for Prayer During the Day at certain seasons or feasts? Eg. during Eastertide: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Does one say it for the conclusion of a psalm and then immidiately repeat it for the next psalm? This seems a bit clumsy. Or is the antiphon said only once both to conclude a psalm and to begin the next one? (This also seems a little clumsy.)
Thank you for your help!
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on November 3, 2002 Dear Mr. Delahay:
Thanks for your question.
The antiphons are to be said at the beginning of each pslam (even if it is the same as the previous psalm). After the psalm the Glory to the Father and the As it was in the beginning is said.
The antiphon may be repeated at the end, if you wish, but it is not required.
When there are longer psalms the one psalm is broken up into three sections in the Breviary to keep the three-fold structure.
In the case of these longer psalms divided into three sections, in choir especially the Glory to the Father may be said after each section as you would normally. That is the traditional way. In addition when the character of the psalm suggests it, and again especially when sung, instead of the Glory to the Father said at the end of each break in the psalm, the antiphon may be repeated. In this case the Glory to the Father is said only at the end.
Or, one can choose to recite the entire psalm without a break saying the antiphon at the very beginning and the Glory to the Father... at the very end.
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