Saturday, August 15, 2020: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Missal, Graduale, etc, all specify the Magnificat canticle, with a handful of verses omitted and the antiphon “All generations will call me blessed”. The Psallite setting, one of the more popular ones, 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 trademark half-refrains at the end of each line, increasing the assembly’s engagement with the canticle.