November 28 2021 : 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C
Today’s readings continue on the theme of the last times, in particular Jesus’s elaboration of the awfulness that is to come.
Since the Missal and Graduale antiphon seems to be a hangover from harvest-time, the Collegeville Composers instead took these words of Jesus:
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand. (Luke 21:27-28)
to form the genesis of the antiphon. To aid learning, the antiphon uses the same music as another setting used in each year of the cycle: Don’t be afraid, only believe. Your faith will save you: only believe.
Some of the accompanying verses are a litany of horror taken from throughout Luke 21, with the second and fourth phrases of the antiphon as responses. Depending on the length of the Communion procession, verses 4 and 5 might be omitted.
As we process to Communion, we too pray that we will have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
A demo recording will be found here.