Responsorial Psalm 118 - The Lord is my strength and my song (Charles H. Giffen)

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  • (Posted 2009-04-08)  CPDL #19187: 
Choir score:    
Congregation part: (7in by 8.5in on letter paper, crop marks, 1 page, 76 kbytes)
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2009-04-08).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 221 kB   Copyright: Personal May be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded. Please inform the composer of any performances of this work.
Edition notes: Copyright by the composer for CPDL.

General Information

Title: Responsorial Psalm 118 - The Lord is my strength and my song
Composer: Charles H. Giffen

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTBB
Genre: SacredLiturgical music

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 2008
Description: Responsorial Psalm for Easter Sunday, as appointed in the Revised Common Lectionary, text from the Book of Common Prayer. The 14th verse ("The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation") forms the congregational Antiphon sung at the beginning and then after each pair of the remaining verses. Each pair of verses is voiced as follows: SATB for the first and TTBB for the second. The tempi for the verses should be slower than the tempo for the Antiphon.

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Original text and translations

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Text: Psalm 118:1-2,14-24, The Book of Common Prayer

Antiphon (verse 14):
 The Lord is my strength and my song, *
 and he has become my salvation.

  1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
 his mercy endures for ever.
  2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
 "His mercy endures for ever."

15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
 in the tents of the righteous:
16 "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
 the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
 the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"

17 I shall not die, but live, *
 and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has punished me sorely, *
 but he did not hand me over to death.

19 Open [for me] the gates of righteousness; *
 I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord.
20 "This is the gate of the Lord; *
 he who is righteous may enter."

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
 and have become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
 has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord's doing, *
 and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
 we will rejoice and be glad in it.