This is the responsorial psalm for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, Cycle A. (Dec. 12, 2010). Text from the Lectionary.
The song is a plaintive cry for the Lord’s salvation, recounting how faithful the Lord has been to the poor and oppressed, the hungry, the blind, the orphans and widows.
- PDF of music piece (46 kb) – [This is a handwritten music piece.]
- MP3 audio file – 3.32 MB (Taken straight from the video)
Story Behind the Song:
The text of the psalm speaks of a yearning for God’s saving power — the same saving power He has shown to the oppressed and the poor. It seemed fitting to set it to a minor key and evoke that sad tone of yearning. I ended the response in E-major to denote hope in the Lord’s coming — a ray of brightness after the waiting.
I wrote the music initially on my small music notebook and decided to finalize the music piece by hand — it’s much faster and allows me to do it away from the computer. I’ve gotten some requests that I upload the music and video one week before it’s needed, which means I need to streamline my process. So I’m hoping this handwritten music sheet is legible because it cuts down time spent using MuseScore to output the music piece. Trade-offs.
Sing the response twice at the start and twice at the end.
I’m starting to get useful feedback from different people about what they need — i.e. more offertory songs, more advent/seasonal songs — and how they want it delivered –i.e. at least one week before it”s needed, in downloadable MP3 format as well. I’m trying to implement the changes as quickly as possible but bear with me as I streamline my production process.
If you have more suggestions, leave me a comment or send me a tweet or facebook message. I can’t promise to do everything, but I can promise to read it and take it into consideration. Glory to God!