Taken from Psalm 89, this is the responsorial psalm for the Christmas vigil Mass — the Mass that is celebrated in the early evening before Christmas day. (This is different from the Midnight Mass which is celebrated at midnight of December 25.)
This is a joyful song praising God’s goodness.
Sing the response twice at the start and twice at the end.
On the music piece note that the second set of chords in parentheses– (Am) (Em) –are the ones used during the repeat.
Story Behind the Song:
The music for this psalm was written on the night of December 8, 2010 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) on the long BART ride going to San Francisco where I met up with former officemates for a wonderful dinner. (The photos are here). Instead of driving into SFO, I decided to take the BART train, park the car at a BART station, and use the time to compose. I finished it that night on the way back home.
In other news, this is the first of THREE responsorial psalms I composed for Christmas. The Lord is kind and merciful and filled with melodies He’s given me. Praise God!