Song Prompt #8 – Palm Sunday

Liturgical Calendar

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Mass Readings

Lk 19, Is 50, Ps 22, Phil 2, Lk 19

Saint(s) of the Day

St. Michael of Sanctis. See https://www.catholic.org/saints/sofd.php?date=2022-04-10 for more information and other saints of the day.

Another Saint this week is St. Bernadette (April 16) who saw a vision of Our Lady at Lourdes.

Reflections & Song Idea

Today is Palm Sunday. It’s the day we get the blessed palm leaves at Mass. There is the extra reading from the Gospel of Luke which remembers the story of the disciples untying the colt, saying “the Master has need of it” and then Jesus riding on that colt into Jerusalem.

In your song this week, perhaps you can use this image of God using the humblest of creatures, a colt, or in the Gospel of Matthew, a donkey, to achieve His mission. God can use the smallest and most insignificant things, and often does. Jesus himself was not born into a rich, royal family, but instead was born into the simple family of a carpenter.

Just as the Master used the colt for his purposes, perhaps He is using your songs in a similar way. If, while you are creating your music and lyrics, you allow Jesus into your head and into your heart, then perhaps He can, and will more readily, use those songs for his own purposes. In the meantime, you will be using the creative process to allow God to transform you too.

Be sure to read all of the Mass readings for today to get a wide variety of words and images for your songs. There is a lot of imagery about suffering and enduring that suffering. You can find a link to the Mass on our affiliate website named dailycatholic.page.

Or maybe, you can simply write a song about palm leaves. Sit in prayer for a few moments and ask God what He wants you to write about.

If you are having trouble coming up with a song idea from the Palm Sunday Mass readings, remember to also look into the lives of the Saints we celebrate this week. On April 16 we remember St. Bernadette who saw a vision of Our Lady at Lourdes. If you don’t know this story, you should look it up.

The Song Form

The song form chosen for this song is a slow rock rhythm in the key of G major. There is an A section and a B section, similar enough with one another to make a good verse/chorus structure.

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.

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