3rd Sunday of Advent (Year A, 2013)

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Entrance Rejoice, the Lord is King
Kyrie Missal Chant (English)
Psalm Come Lord and save us (Chris O’Hara)
Gospel Acclamation Advent Gospel Acclamation (Philip Duffy)
Creed Credo III
Preparation of the Gifts Conditor Alme Siderum (T.L. de Victoria, 1548-1611)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Missal Chant
Agnus Dei Missal Chant
Communion (i) O Radix Jesse (chant)
(ii) Be strong, our God has come to save us (Psallite)
Postcommunion (silence)
Recessional Come, thou long-expected Jesus

I’m not sure why the Psallite composers altered the text of the Communion antiphon from will come to has come; perhaps with the aim of emphasising the immediacy of the encounter with Christ in the Eucharist. With hindsight I’d have amended it to better match the Missal text — this is, after all, the season for waiting for the Lord. In any case, you could say that any sacramental encounter is a foretaste of the real thing yet to come, and that the future tense is always the most appropriate. Though it’s more complicated than that: will come is always shorthand for will come again.

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