July 25 2021: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today’s Gospel is the story of the feeding of the five thousand with five loaves and two fish (John 6:1-15), prefigured in Elisha’s similar miracle in the 1st Reading (2 Kings 4:42-44). The Collegeville Composers, finding nothing appropriate in the Missal and Graduale, created a new antiphon based largely on the second stanza of today’s Responsorial Psalm:
The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
and you give them their food in due season;
you open your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing. (Ps 145:15-16)
using the same music as with the similar setting in the Song for the Word for this day.
Psalm verses are taken from Psalm 103, one of the options suggested for today. The setting allows for the verses to be superimposed over the antiphon, or sung separately to a tone derived from the antiphon melody.
A demo recording showing both possibilities will be found here: