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Be Merciful

Marty Haugen

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Vocal Forces: SAB, Cantor, Solo, Assembly

Accompaniment: Keyboard

Guitar: Yes

Separate Instruments: C Instrument I, C Instrument II, Guitar

Text Source: Based on Luke 6:27–36; Psalm 103:8, 13; Colossians 3:12–13; Corporal Works of Mercy, adapt. MH

Series: Celebration


The text of “Be Merciful,” drawn from Luke, reminds us to be merciful to others as God is merciful to us; the verses provide concrete examples. Alternate choral settings for the verses (two-part and “backup”) offer some variety. The relaxed tone suggests natural use as a prelude or even at the preparation of gifts, post-Communion, or other times of reflection. Originally written for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, this song will be appropriate as long as the need for mercy remains.

Categories: Choral/Vocal

Topical: Forgiveness, Mercy

Bible Reference: Luke 6:27–36, Psalm 103:8, 13, Colossians 3:12–13

Number of Pages: 8

Language: English

Format: Octavo