Thirsting for You (Psalm 63) is the responsorial psalm for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary time, Cycle A.
It is also used in the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary time, Cycle A.
Download links for the music sheet are after the jump.
Story Behind the Song:
Psalm 63 is one of those psalms I am always drawn to because of its characteristics of longing and all the beautiful imagery of thirsting for the Lord like parched earth thirsts for water. The melody for this psalm was constructed with an up-and-down movement like a soul trying to reach upwards and falling, only to brought up to a higher note at the end.
Song Usage Notes:
- Sing response twice at the start and only once at the end. Slow down in the last response.
- Keep tempo slow so that the verses aren’t difficult to sing.
- Especially, watch out for the tricky phrasing in verse 2 (“…in the sanctuary”)– I had a hard time constructing that first line and making it fit the melody. It might sound awkward at first but practice it a few times to get it.
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