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Responsorial psalm for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A.
Based on Psalm 18, this is a song of trust in the Lord’s strength and salvation.

Download links for music sheet and guide MP3 are after the jump.

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
PDF of the music piece.
Musescore file used to assemble the music piece.
MP3 file taken from MIDI. (Reference only.)

USAGE NOTES:
Sing the response twice at the start. At the end, you may choose to sing it twice again, or simply once.

Don’t forget to slow down as you end.

STORY BEHIND THE SONG:
The older I get, the less I feel the need to resolve a piece with the root chord and the more I enjoy leaving a portion of it unresolved by ending on a chord that suggests a final resolving root chord is about to arrive, but never does. Hence in this piece, we end on A major, instead of D major.

It makes sense when you think about the responsorial psalm as the congregation’s response to the first reading, as well as it being a bridge toward the second reading. it is not an end unto itself.

Prayer-ware Intention:
Feel free to use this music for all non-commercial purposes. I ask however that if you use this music, please pray for this intention: That the People of God find a passion for evangelization with the willingness to support the missions with prayer and economic aid for the poorest churches. (From Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for October 2011)

Final Word:
If this music is a blessing to you, feel free to spread the word. Join me on my Catholic music page on Facebook so you get the latest music pieces and videos.

God the Father Blessing by Gerard David

God the Father Blessing by Gerard David. (1506)