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Psalm for Communion: Taste and See

- David O'Donnell


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Use: Communion
Required Resources: cantor, SATB choir, congregation, organ
Language: English

Here's a piece that, because of its simplicity and variety, will make any parish musical ensemble sound terrific. The composer has arranged perhaps the most iconic Eucharistic psalm (34: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord) as a Communion piece. Here's a perfect way to sidestep the problem of what to sing at Communion so people don't need a hymnal in line.

David O'Donnell arranged Psalm for Communion: Taste and See when he was Choirmaster at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Wheeling WV for the 2015 Diaconate Ordinations. It begins with a simple refrain, "Taste and see …" sung by cantor and congregation. Five verses of Psalm 34 are set, concluding with the Doxology:

  1. I will bless the Lord at all times …
  2. Glorify the Lord with me …
  3. Look toward him and be radiant …
  4. The angel of the Lord is encamped …
  5. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted …
  6. Glory be to the Father …

The odd verses use Gregorian psalm tone, mode 1, sung in unison with organ accompaniment, the first half of the verse by men, the second half by women. The even verses (and Doxology) are sung in SATB harmony to an Anglican chant, optionally doubled by organ.

This piece mirrors the noble simplicity of the Roman Rite and offers a perfect complement for Communion time.


Order #: 1234
Price: 1 copy - $4.00/
2-4 copies -
$2.50 each
5+ copies -
$1.75 each


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