Song Prompt #7 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Liturgical Calendar

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Mass Readings

Is 43, Ps 126, Phil 3, Jn 8

Saint(s) of the Day

St. Richard of Wyche. See for more information and other saints of the day.

Reflections & Song Idea

Today’s readings seem to all convey some sort of unexpected mercy or surprises from God.

In the Gospel we hear the story of the woman being stoned and Jesus using the commonly heard phrase, ““Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” What he also says, and which is often times forgotten, is “Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

In the reading from Isaiah, we hear God saying, “I am doing something new!” And in the psalm we respond, “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.”

Lent can be such a transformative time. It can seem like such a downer, but God is a work creating something new and joyful in us.

The Song Form

The song form chosen for today is an exploration in two ways of turning a minor key song into a major. Using a Cuban bolero rhythm, the chord progression starts our with an A section in the key of A minor and a B section that changes to the relative major key of C major. Later in the form there is a C section that changes from the key of A minor to the Key of A major.

Like the readings today, this chord progression changes a sad emotion into one of hope and joy. Remember that not just the words, but the music also can convey a message.

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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