GOSPEL COMMUNION: 2nd Sunday of Lent

February 28, 2021: Second Sunday of Lent (Year B)

This antiphon was heard recently as the “Song for the Week” on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

On this Sunday it links together the story in the First Reading of Abraham about to slay his son Isaac (Genesis 22), the Responsorial Psalm (“O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your handmaid” — Ps 116:16) and Mark’s Gospel of the Transfiguration (“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” — Mk 9:7).

The antiphon can be sung as a round in up to four parts.

(As a comparison the Missal antiphon runs:

This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.

taken, however, from Matthew 17:5.)

Canticle verses are taken from Isaiah 40:1-11, with its references to the glory of the Lord appearing, getting up on a high mountain, etc.

A sample recording, extracted from the CD Walk in My Ways, is available here.

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