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This is the responsorial psalm for the 7th Sunday in ordinary time, Cycle A. This song explores the kindness and forgiveness of the Lord — how he deals with our iniquities with love and mercy, as long as we fear Him and ask for forgiveness.

Download the music sheet and MP3 after the jump.

Download Links:
PDF of the music piece.
MuseScore file for the music piece. For the MuseScore software.
MP3 audio file taken from the video. For your MP3 player.

Usage Notes:
– Sing the response twice at the start and again at the end.

Story Behind the Song:
It took me awhile to actually compose this one. Firstly because I already have an older musical piece from my college days which tackles this same psalm. And I was torn between using it or making something new and better than that older one. In the end, I chose to do something new. I mean, if you can improve something within your deadline, you should.

I composed this without being near a musical instrument (just a paper notebook and a pen), so I wasn’t exactly sure if what I was humming under my breath at work would actually work once I had a guitar in hand. Turned out I didn’t have to worry. One nice thing about composing without an instrument in hand is you don’t fall into the trap of doing the USUAL, EXPECTED chord patterns. This is why the song ended up being in two different key signatures: A-major for the response and E-major for the verses. By God’s grace, it ended up working.

Prayer-ware Intention:
You are free to use this music, copy it, re-post it, spread it, duplicate it, and do whatever you want with it as long as it meets two requirements:

(1) It should be for non-commercial purposes and:
(2) Please pray for the intention this week: families.

One of Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for the month of February is families: that all may respect the family and recognize its unmatched contribution to the advancement of society.

Final Word:
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God bless your music ministries. May you be used to spread the love and joy of Jesus our Lord through the music He’s blessed you with.

Painting from the ceiling of the Candelabra gallery in the Vatican Museum

Faith and Reason, united. Painting by Ludwig Seitz (1844-1908). At the Candelabra Gallery, Vatican Museum ceiling