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Responsorial psalm for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Cycle A. This is from Psalm 78, and is about remembering God’s saving hand in times past, his mercy towards his people even when they betrayed the covenant.

This psalm was originally written for the Sunday of September 14, 2014.

Download the PDF music sheet and Musescore file after the jump.

Download Links: (via Mediafire)
PDF of the music sheet.
MuseScore file (for use with MuseScore freeware notation program).

Usage Notes:
Sing response twice at start and twice at the end.
Do not go too fast.
Note: the response is in 4/4 while the verses are in 3/4. Practice the transition from each part in order not to get lost.

Story Behind the Song:
I was inspired by the Filipino Jesuit song “Ang Kaluluwa Ko’y Nauuhaw” which is a plaintive song in D-minor based on Psaslm 63. I took some melodic cues as inspiration for the music of this psalm.

Prayer Intention:
If you use this psalm, please pray for one of Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for June 2012: that believers may recognize in the Eucharist the living presence of Jesus, the Risen One, who accompanies them in daily life.

Image credits: “Parting of the Red Sea” by Amboo. Some rights reserved.