Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Body and Blood of the Lord

6 June 2010

EntranceOf the glorious body telling
Penitential RiteSt Gabriel (mtgf)
GloriaJeanne Jugan Gloria (Christopher Walker)
Psalm 109You are a priest for ever (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationAlleluia (A G Murray)
Preparation of GiftsYou have fed your people (mtgf)
Eucharistic AcclamationsNo Greater Love (Michael Joncas)
Lamb of GodO Lamb of God (Berthier)
CommunionPange Lingua (Ricky Manalo CSP)
FinalMy God, and is thy table spread (Dodderidge)

Like last week there are 3 distinct sources for choosing music: the Lectionary; the Missal and the concept of the feast. Part of the concept is a connection with Maundy Thursday - something borne out by the 2nd reading. We used again, therefore, the chant Pange Lingua at Communion and at the beginning of Mass sang the text as a hymn. The final hymn I chose for its echos of O Sacrum Convivium (Magnificat Antiphon at Evening Prayer). I doubt this was something the author was conscious of as an 18th century Nonconformist minister. Both hymns speak of Body and Blood - if I remember correctly many years ago someone asked at a Conference I attended whether when St Thomas Aquinas wrote his texts for then new feast of Corpus Christi people were still receiving under both kinds, when they did receive - it was thought that they did.

At the Preparation of the Gifts we sang a setting of the Offertory Antiphon from the Simple Gradual

You have fed your people with the food of angels,
you have given them bread from heaven, alleluia.

One reason for singing this text was to get beyond the error of particularity — can you sing about partaking in the Body and Blood of Christ at the Preparation of Gifts? Yes, as this antiphon suggests because when we celebrate it is not a unique occasions but stretches back to the Last Supper and forward to the pledge of future glory.

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