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January 25, 2024

Incorporating Antiphons into your Catholic Music Ministry

Join OCP's Angela Westhoff-Johnson in this educational video on Incorporating Antiphons into your Catholic Music Ministry. Learn everything you need to know about these beautiful parts of the liturgy, including many resources that can help you feature antiphons in your music ministry.

What are antiphons?

Antiphons consist of psalm verses or brief sentences usually from scripture that help us to better understand the liturgical moment and/or readings they accompany in the Mass or the Liturgy of the Hours. There are three antiphons included in the liturgy of the Mass: the Entrance Antiphon, Offertory Antiphon and Communion Antiphon. These short prayers are called “antiphons” because of the way they were originally sung: “antiphonally,” as alternating chant by multiple choirs in a call-and-response arrangement. Now they can be spoken or sung in a variety of arrangements.


Explore these antiphon music resources


Beautiful musical settings of the Spanish antiphons for every Sunday and major feast day of the Church year.


Interested in Christopher Walker’s arrangements of the Entrance and Communion Antiphons? Hear from the composer himself in this helpful video highlighting his music resources.

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Angela Westhoff-Johnson, OCP director of product development

In addition to her role as director of product development at OCP, Angela Westhoff-Johnson has been the director of music at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland for almost three decades. She is also an active performer, conductor and workshop presenter.