September 1 2019 : 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
This antiphon was used last week, based as it was on the Gospel of that day.
Today, the Gospel reading takes the theme of the last being first and the first last a stage further with the parable of the wedding banquet at which those who exalt themselves will be humbled but those who humble themselves will be exalted (Luke 14:11), echoing the opening of the 1st Reading from Sirach 3. Those parishes who start the Communion procession with those at the back of the church and end with those at the front will find this a helpful theme song for their custom.
The antiphon melody is the first half of Arthur Sullivan’s 19th-century adaptation (NOEL) of an old English folk melody (a variant of “Dives and Lazarus”) that is used in the British Isles and Commonwealth countries for the carol “It came upon the midnight clear”. Paired with a 5th-mode reciting tone and two mini-refrains, the verses are from Ps 104, in which the Lord is praised for feeding and watering his creation.