Subject Area

Music, Religion, Theology/Religious Education


Responsive psalmody is one of the primary musical vehicles for presenting the Psalms in worship by choir and congregation. Existing responsive psalmody features congregational antiphons with texts derived directly from the psalms. Working with the Revised Common Lectionary, this thesis presents fifty newly written and composed antiphons with texts derived from the accompanying RCL lessons. The goal of this method is to emphasize prophetic connections between the Old Testament lesson and Gospel lesson via the antiphons. This thesis also features a history of lectionary development, a detailed account of the creative process, rubrics for presenting the responsive psalmody in worship, musical-theological analysis, and psalm reflections.

Degree Date

Spring 5-11-2024

Document Type


Degree Name



Perkins School of Theology


Dr. Marcell Silva Steuernagel

Second Advisor

Dr. C. Michael Hawn

Third Advisor

Rev. Dr. John Thornburg

Fourth Advisor

Marisu Fenton

Number of Pages


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