Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christ the King

21 November 2010

EntranceLord Jesus Christ, you have come to us
Penitential RiteSt Gabriel (mtgf)
GloriaSt Gabriel (mtgf)
Psalm 121I rejoiced when I heard them say (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationAlleluia Beati (Christopher Walker)
Preparation of GiftsChrist the Glory (J F Lalouette)
Eucharistic AcclamationsMass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
Lamb of GodLamb of God 6 (mtgf)
CommunionCall us to your table (Christopher Walker)
FinalHail Redeemer

Th end of liturgical year is a time of culminations. David is crowned king and we rejoice; Jesus is raised up. We have reached Jerusalem. A journey we began in the Summer when Jesus took the road to Jerusalem - Let us go to God's house. But I realised listening to the Gospel today that the psalm response is also that of the repentant thief. This eschatological dimension reminds us that this ending is also a beginning. We shall sing the same response at next week's Mass and so the response is ours to God's invitation to eternal life.

Lord Jesus Christ was chosen for its reference to Calvary — something shared with the final hymn. The verses of Call us to your table based on Ephesians are similar to the letter to the Colossians — Christ the first born of creation.

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