January 17, 2021: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear about John the Baptist watching Jesus walking by and saying:
Behold, the Lamb of God (John 1:36)
— a phrase so familiar to us from the invitation to Holy Communion. Three verses later, in response to being asked where he is staying, Jesus answers:
Come, and you will see. (John 1:39)
The Collegeville Composers had the happy idea of combining the first of these extracts with the “Taste and see” invitation contained in the archetypal Communion Psalm, Ps 34. A large portion of this psalm accordingly forms the psalm verses for this Communion processional. Additionally, the second half of the antiphon is used as a mini-refrain at the end of each couplet of the psalm verses.
As we sing this antiphon, we recall that we are called to the Supper of the Lamb, and that indeed this Supper is the best taste-experience we will ever have.
Listen to a sample recording of part of this setting: here