Song Prompt #10 – Divine Mercy Sunday

Liturgical Calendar

Second Sunday of Easter, Sunday of Divine Mercy

Mass Readings

Acts 5, Ps 118, Rev 1, Jn 20

Saint(s) of the Day

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen. See for more information and other saints of the day.

Reflections & Song Idea

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, a day assigned to the Second Sunday of Easter by Pope Saint John Paul II. It is a devotion related to the spirituality of a Polish nun named St. Faustina.

There are some words and ideas related to Divine Mercy that you might put in you song. If it is a story song, place the story at 3pm in the afternoon, the time when people all around the globe say the Divine Mercy chaplet in their own time zones. You should learn how to say the Divine Mercy chaplet too – there might be some good words to add to your song.

There is also a lot to draw from in today’s Mass readings. We are reading the final book of the Bible, Revelation, written from the island of Patmos. There is an excellent talk on the Book of Revelation by Bishop Robert Barron. Listen to his Sunday Sermons podcast to deepen your understanding of this book.

Today we also read about Jesus appearing to the Apostles after the Resurrection, and the disciple Thomas not believing until he touches Jesus’ wound. It’s where we get the common expression “Doubting Thomas.”

Between the devotion to Divine Mercy and the rich Mass readings today, there should be some words or language that speak to you. Meditate on those words, sing them, and see what sort of melodies come to you naturally.

You can also use the song form and chord progression we have for you this week.

The Song Form

The song form chosen for this song is an AABA form in a country or bluegrass rhythm style similar to that of Chet Atkins, in the key of C. A progression like this one lends itself to a melody fairly easily, and you should almost hear a melody already built in to this one.

This song form is just to get you started. Feel free to use it as is or change the chords, rhythm, time signature, or key. The song you write should be your own, and this form is just to get you started.


Sheet Music (PDF)

Audio (AAC)


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