GOSPEL COMMUNION: Immaculate Conception

December 9, 2019: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (transferred)

The Collegeville Composers reused their setting of the Magnificat from August 15, since it is specified as the canticle for Communion in all sources.

It provides a multi-purpose complete setting of the canticle with a paraphrase of the opening sentence as the refrain. As we hear the cantor singing “The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy his name!” we can rejoice that God “fills the starving with good things” — indeed, the best things — that we receive in Communion.

The canticle verses include the Psallite trademark half-refrains at the end of each line, increasing the assembly’s engagement with the canticle.

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This canticle setting is also very appropriate for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, especially since one of the Gospel options for that day is the same as today’s Gospel, and the other option ends with the opening lines of the Magnificat.

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