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This is the Responsorial psalm for the 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A.
The song is about relying on God for salvation and shelter amidst the oppression of enemies.

Download the music sheet and MP3 after the jump.

Download Links:
PDF of the music piece.
MuseScore file for the music piece.
MP3 Audio file taken from the video.

Usage Notes:
Because the response has the same line sung twice, there should be no need to repeat the response at the start or end of the responsorial psalm.

Also, optionally, you may choose to simply sing one half of the response in between the verses. In that case, sing the first four measures of the response (rather than the last four)– use the half that has these chords: Gm – D/F# – Bb-F-Gm.

Story Behind the Song:
Just a tidbit. The chords in the verses contain one of many interesting chord patterns used in secular music: the descending bass line. I particularly enjoy using it for slow, introspective compositions such as this one. Hopefully it gives you the same feeling of sweet sadness that it gives me — all with the goal of asking the Lord for His help during the response!

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 is for non-commercial purposes and:
(2) Please pray for the intention this week: persecuted Christians.

One of Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for March 2011 is Persecuted Christians. May the Holy Spirit may give light and strength to those in many regions of the world who are persecuted and discriminated against because of the gospel. May they find a rock of safety in the Lord who sees all things and knows each person’s sacrifice for the Kingdom of God.

Final Word:
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Hagar in the Wilderness. Oil painting by Jean Baptiste Camille-Corot. 1835.

Hagar in the Wilderness. Oil painting by Jean Baptiste Camille-Corot. 1835.