Sunday, February 28, 2010

2nd Sunday of Lent

28 February 2010

Entrance For God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential Rite Ubi Caritas (Bib Hurd)
Psalm 26 The Lord is my light and my help (mtgf)
Gospel Acclamation Lenten (mtgf)
Preparation of Gifts Eye has not seen (Marty Haugen)
Eucharistic Acclamations Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of God Mass of Remembrance (Marty Haugen)
Communion Transfigure us, O Lord (Bob Hurd)
Final Be thou my vision

The Transfiguration seems to me to be a complex text. The use today is similar to the 4th Sunday of Advent when we hear the gospel of the Annunciation and the Visitation and there are also separate feasts for both events. It is big enough that we need to come at it twice. This year's readings suggest that the Transfiguration is a covenant - a pledge of future glory. The refrain of the Opening Song - For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that everyone who believes in him shall have eternal life - can be understood as illuminating the Transfiguration. It is a key aspect of the Catholic use of scripture in the liturgy the juxtaposition of texts to provoke new understandings.

The Kyrie from the Ubi Caritas Mass to some extent challenges one of my 'blackspots' — can/should a Congregation respond with a different musical phrase rather than repeat what they have heard. To some extent as essentially the setting is repetitious A (sentence) B (cantor Kyrie); AB (all). It strikes me that a dialogue can have distinct musical phrases. A litany can more be one phrase sung by two different voices.

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