Psalm 146: Praise The Lord, My Soul

Twice this Fall, Psalm 146:7-10 appears in the Sunday Liturgy of the Word. After the first reading on September 9th (23rd Ordinary Sunday) as well as November 11th (32nd Ordinary Sunday). I lassoed my new friend Lynette to sing a demonstration of this new setting I composed:

Praise The Lord My Soul

I used the text from the revised Grail Psalter, web page here.

I have always liked Psalm 146. Reliance on God is still a tough matter for me, and while I don’t identify with captives, the blind, widows, or most of the litany of the oppressed in verses 7-9, I can appreciate God’s commitment to justice. And I can aim at keeping faith forever, can’t I?

As for the music, I wanted to create something modal. But it also floats back and forth between C major and C mixolydian. I was thinking of the stately chords in this work of Alan Hovhaness, without going quite so far afield.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Psalm 146: Praise The Lord, My Soul

  1. FrLarry says:

    Nice picture. Who’s the artist? I think the picture would look nice in our church basement where all the luncheons are held.

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