20B. Psalm 20 (A Responsorial Setting)

Text Information
First Line: May the blessing of the LORD be upon us
Title: Psalm 20 (A Responsorial Setting)
Publication Date: 2012
Topic: Biblical Names and Places: Jacob; Biblical Names and Places: Zion; Blessing (18 more...)
Source: Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Psalm text)
Copyright: Psalm text © 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, admin. Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Notes: Responsorial setting to reading of Psalm 20. Tone included for chanting. The first refrain allows for a prayer for God’s blessing or a blessing on an individual or on one another in the Lord’s name. The latter would be particularly appropriate at a service of baptism, ordination, or any time when members of congregation profess their faith publicly. The traditional Byzantine chant tone allows for both the refrain and the psalm to be sung in harmony. The alternate refrain is an Afro-American Spiritual that invites the entire congregation to profess with the psalmist their trust in the Lord. Additional stanzas may be improvised. (I will stay on bended knee . . . till I die; I will stay on the battlefield . . . till I die; I will treat everybody right . . . till I die; Sister/Brother/People, will you trust in the Lord . . . till you die?)
Tune Information
Name: [May the blessing of the LORD be upon us]
Key: F Major
Source: Byzantine chant (Refrain)
Copyright: Tone: © 2011 Faith Alive Christian Resources

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