These Seven Short Anthems on texts from the Psalms for unaccompanied SATB mixed voices were originally composed as sequence anthems to be sung at the Gospel procession. They are equally suitable as introits, orisons, offertory propers, responses, or any occasion where a short anthem is needed.
Behold now bless the Lord all you servants of the Lord. You that stand by night in the house of the Lord, lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord. The Lord who made heaven; the Lord who made earth bless you out of Zion. —Psalm 134
Awake my soul. Awake lute and harp. I will awake the dawn. I will sing your praise, O God, for your love reaches to the heavens, and your truth to the skies. O God, arise, let your glory shine over all the earth. —Psalm 108:2-5
For God alone my soul in silence waits, from him alone comes my salvation. The Lord is my strength and my song, my rock and my stronghold. I will sing of his righteous deeds and praise his Name in the morning. Teach me your way that I may walk in truth and I will give thanks to you, O God, and glorify your Name for ever. —Psalm 62:1-2; Psalm 59:18; Psalm 86:11-12
Praise the Name of the Lord you servants of the Lord. Hallelujah! From the rising of the sun to its going down, let the Name of the Lord be praised. The Lord is high above all nations and his glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God who stoops to behold heaven and earth? He takes the weak out of the dust and lifts the poor out of the ashes. —Psalm 113:1, 3-6
Dominus regnavit, tremunt populi sedet super cherubim, movetur terra.
The Lord is King; let the people tremble; he is enthroned upon the cherubim, let the earth quake.
Extolite Dominum Deum nostrum sanctum est illud
Proclaim the greatness of the Lord; he is the holy One.
—Psalm 99:1, 9
God the Lord has spoken; he has summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. From Zion, perfect in its beauty, God reveals himself in glory. Our God will come and not keep silence; he calls the heavens and the earth to witness the judgment of his people. Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; for God himself is judge. —Psalm 50:1-4, 6
My soul, sing the praises of the Lord. As long as life shall last, sing out the glories of God the maker. The Lord gives sight for our blindness; his truth is the power to set us free. Our God remains, O Jerusalem, ruler of all ages. —Psalm 146:4, 7, 9