Who Am I?
I am Andrew Kooi. For the past four years, I have been composing songs and music for the responsorial psalms. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Information Technology (B. Inf. Tech.) from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia (USQ) and an ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) Grade 7 certificate for piano (both Theory and Practical).
It is my hope and dream that as many parishes as possible around the world are given access to the music scores and sound samples for the responsorial psalms of various Sunday Masses, important Feast Days and other occasions.
Non nobis Domine, sed Tuo Nomine da gloriam
This website was launched on 26 July 2002 (Feast of St. Anne) with the goal of making available the music notation and recording samples of the responsorial psalms for Sunday Mass and other Liturgical events.
As an on-going effort to promote Liturgy with style and grace, this collection of responsorial psalms is meant to compliment the collection which may already be available to the Church choir.
Missing Select A Location Menu
You may have noticed that when you place the mouse over a link which has a submenu on the horizontal menu bar, the Select A Location menu disappears. This occurs only with the Internet Explorer browser. The reason for this happening is to avoid the submenus of the Glossary and Ordinary Time menu links from being overlapped by the Select A Location menu.
To make visible the Select A Location menu, simply move the mouse pointer away from the horizontal menu bar.
All music scores at this point of time are in Acrobat PDF format for better portability. If you do not have the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader, please download it here .
The accompanying midi file is only a sample of what the psalm would sound like. Note that the midi file of each psalm starts with the response, the first verse, and ends with the response. The other verses of the psalm sound like the first verse with some minor variations.
You may wish to change the selection of musical instruments used and the style of playing to suite your Church's needs.
At this point of time, there are no immediate plans to record the psalms into MP3 format because of lack of time. It takes a lot of time to do a good recording.
Therefore, if there is anyone who would like to help in doing a good recording of the psalms into MP3 format, please e-mail me at my Contact page.
This website follows the standard Liturgical Colours used in the Catholic Church. As an added touch of class, the colour used for Advent and Lent has been given a different hue or shade i.e. a lighter shade of violet for the Season of Advent and a darker shade for the Season of Lent, to differentiate these two significant seasons in the Church calendar.
|Green||Time After Epiphany; Time After Pentecost|
|Violet||Season of Advent; Season of Septuagesima; Season of Lent; Rogation Days; Ember Days (except for Pentecost Ember Days); Vigils except for Ascension and Pentecost|
|Red||Feasts of the Lord's passion, Blood, and Cross; Feasts of the martyrs; Palm Sunday; Pentecost|
|White||Season of Christmas; Season of Easter; Feasts of the Lord, other than of His passion; Feasts of Mary, the angels, and saints who were not martyrs; All Saints (1 November); Feasts of the Apostles; Nuptial Masses; Masses for the dead (Requiem Masses) when the deceased is a baptized child who died before the age of reason|
The Liturgical Calendar page automatically updates to the new Liturgical Year on the 1st Sunday of Advent. To ensure that the Liturgical Calendar is functioning properly, you would need to take note of the following:
I'd like to keep things simple but, for the legalistic among you, the following applies:
THE SONGS ARE INTENDED FOR WORSHIP AND MAY BE FREELY COPIED, DISTRIBUTED AND PERFORMED FOR THAT PURPOSE with the copyright notice attached.
Please DO NOT link to any of the files in this website.
Neither this site nor any other party involved in creating, producing or delivering this site are liable for the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the data described and/or contained within this Web site and shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use.
The songs may NOT be sold (even to recover the cost of printing or recording).
They may NOT be included in any compilation of material offered for sale, or for which a donation is requested.
They may NOT be distributed at any event for which admission is charged.
Performance rights are similarly restricted:
These songs may NOT be performed at any event for which admission is charged.
They are NOT to be recorded on any media which is subsequently sold or for which a donation is requested.
Finally, by downloading these songs from this site you agree to abide by the terms stated above.
Note that the Psalm numbering follows the Greek Psalter, which is usually one digit behind the Hebrew Psalter. Therefore, for example, Psalm 21 which is the Responsorial Psalm for Palm Sunday, would be known as Psalm 22 in certain Bible versions and liturgical text.
Most of the graphics used are from the following sources:
images by ChristArt.com
The illustrations on the index page and main pages of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Other Special Occasions and Ordinary Time is by June Wan. Used with permission.
The changing illustration on the index page when you place the mouse cursor on the Other Special Occasions link is by Maria Zamora-Crosby. Used with permission.
Special thanks goes to my friends Danny Mathews, Surain Durairaj and Michael Chua for their assistance in composing part of some of the responsorial psalms in this site.