September 5 2021 : 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Roman Missal communion antiphon for Year B, “I am the light of the world…” seems to have been selected to relate to the Lord opening the eyes of the blind in the 1st Reading and Responsorial Psalm. The Collegeville Composers Group decided instead to re-use an antiphon from Advent, but changing the wording in the second half to connect more closely with the Gospel reading in which Jesus cures the man with the speech impediment. The primary inspiration for the entire antiphon is these lines in the 1st Reading:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing. (Isaiah 34:4-6)
The psalm verses set the entire passage Isaiah 35:1-10.
An extract demo recording will be found here: