GOSPEL COMMUNION: Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2020: Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A

This Sunday’s antiphon takes as its starting point John 14:6 from the Gospel of the day:

I am the way and the truth and the life.

and adds elements from John 21, John 14:1 and 11-12, and 14:23. The use of a descending sequence of melodic motifs helps to make the antiphon easy to sing from memory in the Communion procession.

The accompanying verses are a veritable mosaic from John 15, 10, 14, Revelation 19, 12, Romans 6, Ps 71, 2 Corinthians, Revelation 5, Colossians 2, and John 17. This mosaic is more spiritually useful and more Easter-y than the appointed Psalm 80. The two-part descant places the emphasis on the Lord who is the way, truth, and the life. He enables us to follow, believe in, and dwell in him.

A second option is also given, corresponding to the antiphon from John 15:1, 5 provided by the Missal:

I am the true vine and you are the branches, says the Lord.
Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears fruit in plenty, alleluia.

Verses are taken from Psalm 80.

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