GOSPEL COMMUNION: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

March 3rd: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

This antiphon is a hybrid, deriving from the overall thrust of the Missal antiphon:

           I will sing to the Lord who has been bountiful with me,
sing psalms to the name of the Lord Most High

coupled with the final verse of today’s Gospel, Luke 6:45:

           A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
          but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
          for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

From the store of goodness in our own hearts we bring forth a song in praise of the Lord, while at the same time the Lord out of the goodness and abundance of his heart nourishes us at his table.

The antiphon is coupled with a selection of verses from Psalm 86, a psalm of intercession. The 9th stanza harks back to the Antiphon, while the 10th stanza reminds us that in walking to Communion we are also walking in the way and the truth of the Lord. The psalm verses make use of one of the Psallite techniques to provide variety in the antiphon + psalm form: the metrically-chanted verses are superimposed on the antiphon. The antiphon is sung twice through each time when verses are not superimposed, aiding familiarization by the assembly and producing the effect of a mantra.

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