GOSPEL COMMUNION: 3rd Sunday of Lent

March 7, 2021: Third Sunday of Lent (Year B)

Neither of the antiphons suggested by the Missal for this Sunday coincides completely with the scriptures of Year B. However, the final lines of Passer invenit, the antiphon traditionally assigned to this Sunday in the preconciliar Missal, make use of Psalm 84:5:

Blessed are those who dwell in your house!
They never cease to praise you.

with its resonances of Psalm 69:9:

Zeal for your house will consume me

quoted in today’s Gospel.

The Collegeville Composers provided an antiphon which adds the implication that in the reception of Holy Communion we become more clearly a house wherein God dwells.

Psalm verses are taken from almost the whole of Psalm 84.

Listen to a sample recording of this setting below:

Those celebrating the Scrutinies will use the Year A antiphon:

The antiphon derives from the Gospel of the Woman at the Well, and the associated verses are taken from John 4 and a large extract from Psalm 34.

Listen to a sample recording of this setting from the album Where Two or Three Are Gathered below:

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