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The Responsorial Psalm for the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (January 9, 2011). Taken from Psalm 29, the song talks about God’s glory, how He is worthy of praise, and how He will bless us with peace.

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Usage Notes:
Sing the refrain twice at the start and twice at the end.

Story Behind the Song:
This one’s less of a story and more of a piece of advice for composers: whenever there is mention of “the Lord” or “God” or “Jesus” in a chorus or a response, try to make that note the highest note in your melody. It’s one way of glorifying the Lord even by choosing your notes for a song you are composing.

This was how a lot of ancient worship music was structured — with any mention of the Lord occupying the highest note in the melodic phrase — though for the life of me, I can’t remember who shared this bit of information with me. I suspect it was Fr. Manoling Francisco sj, but I could be mistaken.

Painting of Christ Blessing the Children - Lucas Cranach the Younger

Christ Blessing the Children. Painting by Lucas Cranach the Younger.