Psalm 22

22A: My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1078 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Susan Sayers (b. 1946) © 1995 Kevin Mayhew Ltd.
  • Music: Andrew Moore © 1995 Kevin Mayhew Ltd.
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22B: Lord, Why Have You Forsaken Me

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1079 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Christopher L. Webber © 1986 Christopher L. Webber, admin. Church Pension Group/Church Publishing, Inc.
  • Music (HARVEY'S CHANT alt. 8.8.8.8): William B. Bradbury (1816-1868); adapt. Martin Tel © 2011 Faith Alive Christian Resources
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22C: Psalm 22: 1-11, 22-29 A Scripted Reading

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1079 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: S. Mead's A General Selection, 1811, P.D.
  • Music (WONDROUS LOVE fragment): W. Walker’s Southern Harmony, 1835; harm. Emily R. Brink (b. 1940), 1986, © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Text: Psalm 22, New Revised Standard Version © 1989 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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    • Words: The Words are in the Public Domain. You do not need permission to reprint the Words.
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22D: A Responsorial Setting

Performance Notes;

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1079 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

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  • Purchase a choral score that is also written by Val Parker and published by Oregon Catholic Press.
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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalm 22
  • Music: Val Parker © 2005 Val Parker, admin. OCP Publications
  • Psalm Text: from Evangelical Lutheran Worship © 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, admin. Augsburg Fortress Publishers
  • Tone: © 2011 Faith Alive Christian Resources
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  • Alternative Refrain Words: Psalm 22
  • Alternative Refrain Music: Lorraine Brugh from Psalter for Worship, Cycle B © 1996 Augsburg Fortress Publishers
  • Alternative Tone: from Psalter for Worship, Cycle B © 1996 Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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22E: Amid the Thronging Worshipers

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Text Information:

Scripture References
st.1 = Ps. 22:22-23
st.2 = Ps. 22:24-25
st.3 = Ps. 22:26-28

“Amid the Thronging Worshipers” is a versification from the concluding part of Psalm 22, that great psalm of lament most quoted in the New Testament. The conclusion of Psalm 22 features vows of strong praise made in the sure faith that God will deliver the believer and answer prayer. Like many psalms, this text is cosmic in scope, moving from the singular “I” (st.1) to “his people” and saints” (st.1-2) to “all the earth” (st.3) The versification is from the 1912 Psalter. See PHH22 for further commentary on Psalm 22.

Liturgical Use:
Beginning of worship; praise occasions.

Tune Information:

Laura A. Tate composed the tune BOVINA, which was first published with this text in the 1912 Psalter published by the United Presbyterian Church (UPC). No information is known about her, but since her tune was copyrighted by the UPC in 1904 she may have been associated with that denomination. Sing in four broad phrases, perhaps in harmony.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalter, 1912, P.D.
  • Music (BOVINA 8.6.8.6 D): Laura A. Tate, 1912, P.D.
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22F: In the Presence of Your People

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1079 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.
  • The following article is from the Psalter Hymnal Handbook.

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. = Ps. 22:3, 22; 52:9b; 145:7

Brent Sinclair Chambers (b. Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 1948) composed this song after experiencing an evening of ethnic music and dance in 1977. Chambers attended the Bible College of New Zealand and Auckland University and then became a self-employed painting contractor and song writer. He has written or co-written over five hundred songs, a number of which have been recorded or published. He based the text on Psalm 22:3, 22 and Psalm 145:7, though the words of the first line could also have been taken from Psalm 52:9b. He named his tune CELEBRATION, and both text and music were published in Scripture in Song (1977), one of the most important Scripture-chorus collections (initially from New Zealand) of the 1970s. The vocable "lai," suggested for the descant line on the repetition of the music, can be replaced with combinations of "ah" and "alleluia." Other stanzas can be added as well.

In 1986 Bert Polman wrote two additional stanzas based on Psalm 22:3, 23-28.

2
All who love you sing your praises
and proclaim your power,
for alone you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
You have not ignored our suffering,
but have heard our cry;
may your power be exalted
here on earth and in heaven above.

3
All who seek your rule will praise you
and be satisfied;
for alone you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel. All the peoples of the nations
will bow down to you;
may your rule be exalted
here on earth and in heaven above.

Liturgical Use:
Beginning of worship, especially at festive services.

Tune Information:

CELEBRATION is music in the style of the Jewish hora, that is, "dance music." Sing the tune with enthusiasm, beginning more slowly, and increasing the tempo for each repetition or new stanza. The accompaniment is best played with piano and/or guitars. The exuberant character of this music also invites hand clapping and the use of other instruments such as strings and tambourines. The descant may be performed instrumentally (on violin or oboe, for example) at pitch or an octave higher. This descant is unusual because it lies below the main tune much of the time. Once the congregation knows the melody, direct the whole choir to sing the descant in octaves.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: st. 1 Brent Chambers (b. 1948) and sts. 2-3 Bert Polman © 1977 Universal Music—Brentwood-Benson Publishing
  • Music (CELEBRATION): Brent Chambers (b. 1948), 1977, © 1977 Universal Music—Brentwood-Benson Publishing
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22G:The Ends of All the Earth

Performance Notes:

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 22:27
st. 2 = Ps. 22:28
st. 3 = Ps. 22:29
st. 4 = Ps. 22:30-31

The text is based on Psalm 22:27-31, the "vow of praise" part of this lament psalm. It was first published with Doane's tune in the 1912 Psalter and in every edition of the Psalter Hymnal.

Like 541, this text confesses with great certainty the worldwide rule of Christ, the Lord of lords and King of kings. All peoples and nations will submit to his reign (st. 1-2), for both rich and poor and future generations will confess the mighty deeds of the Lord (st. 3-4).

Liturgical Use:
At the beginning or end of regular Sunday worship; mission services; ecumenical events; during Epiphany and Pentecost seasons; fitting for Worldwide Communion, All Nations Sunday, and similar church festivals.

Tune Information:

VISION, composed by William H. Doane, was first published in the 1883 Baptist Hymnal, of which Doane was musical editor. There the tune, named GOD OF OUR STRENGTH, was set to the 1882 Francis J. Van Alstyne (pseudonym for Fanny J. Crosby, text "God of Our Strength, Enthroned Above." In the 1912 Psalter and all subsequent editions of the Psalter Hymnal, VISION was set to "The Ends of All the Earth Shall Hear." Presumably its name comes from the visionary nature of this text.

Sing in harmony with forceful accompaniment. Use brass instruments for festive services.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Psalter, 1912, P.D.
  • Music (VISION 8.8.8.8 with refrain): William H. Doane (1832-1915), P.D.
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