Blessed Are Those Who Fear the Lord (Psalm 128) is the responsorial psalm for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary time, Cycle A. It is a song about the blessings that the Lord pours out over those who walk in His ways.
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Story Behind the Song:
Psalm 128 is a wonderful psalm outlining the blessings one receives when he is obedient to God. He shall be favored, he shall have a growing family around him, he shall enjoy the fruits of his handiwork, he shall see the riches of Zion. Musical settings of this psalm can be used for weddings.
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 eighth notes in the verses aren’t difficult to sing.
- Especially, watch out for the tricky phrasing in verses 2 and 3 (“…round about your table” and “all the days of your life”)– as there are times when you need to hold the note.
If you use this music, please do so for non-commercial purposes. I do ask that you please pray for an intention for each song you use. For this psalm, please pray for the Pope’s prayer intention for November 2011: justice and Reconciliation in Africa — that the African continent may find strength in Christ to pursue justice and reconciliation as set forth by the Second Synod of African Bishops.
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