GOSPEL COMMUNION: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 31, 2021: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

This Sunday’s antiphon in the Missal and Graduale Romanum is based on two verses from Psalm 31:

Let your face shine on your servant.
Save me in your merciful love.
O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I call on you. (cf. Ps 31:17-18)

The 1998 ICEL Antiphonal rendered it in less prosaic form as:

Shine out, O Lord, and let me see you;
save me, the servant you love.
I call upon you, preserve me from shame.

which formed the inspiration for the Psallite antiphon for this Sunday. In line with the Missal and Antiphonal, the Collegeville Composers provided a larger extract from the same psalm, with its close connection with Jesus’ healing of the man with the unclean spirit in today’s Gospel reading. As we process to Communion, we too can ask that the Lord will let us “see him” in the saving sacrament we receive.

Listen to a sample recording of this setting below:

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