GOSPEL COMMUNION: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 4 2019 : 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

This week’s Missal antiphon (You have given us, O Lord, bread from heaven, endowed with all delights and sweetness in every taste — Wisdom 16:20) is based on the old Benediction versicle and response, Panem de caelo praestitisti eis; but this did not seem close enough to the thrust of the readings, especially the Gospel.

Instead, the Collegeville Composers produced a new antiphon based on Luke 21 from today’s Gospel with a large dose of Colossians 3:1 from today’s 2nd Reading. The earthly treasure that we store up or seek (bread) is nothing compared with the “living bread that lasts for ever” that we receive in Communion.

The tune is from the famous Lutheran hymn Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (“Wake, O Wake, A Voice Is Calling”). This touch of Advent in midsummer ties all four readings (psalm included) together.

The psalm verses provide selections from Pss 36 and 63, suggested in the ICEL 1998 Antiphonal and the 2012 Antiphonary. The tone offers a mini-refrain at the end of every second line, consisting of the last third of the full antiphon.

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