GOSPEL COMMUNION: 2nd Sunday of Easter

April 11 2021 : 2nd Sunday of Easter

Based on these lines from today’s Gospel from John chapter 20:

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”

the 2010 Missal antiphon runs

Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails,
and do not be unbelieving but believing, alleluia.

which, in 2005 when this antiphon was written, had not yet appeared. The Collegeville Composers accordingly derived their text from the ICEL 1998 Antiphonal version:

The nails were here; reach out and feel.
Thomas, believe and no longer doubt, alleluia.

When we receive Jesus in Communion, we too are asked to “doubt no longer but believe”; and we can also remember Thomas’s declaration: “My Lord and my God”.

The 1998 Antiphonal suggested Psalm 30 or 34 for verses. The Collegeville Composers opted for the first of these, and to give greater cohesion the psalm tone closely follows the melody of the antiphon.

A sample recording of an extract from this setting will be found here:

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