28 June 2020, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

28 June 2020, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Introit: Omnes gentes

Offertory: Praise to the Lord, p. 205

Communion (Year A): Christus resurgens

Recessional: I know that my Redeemer lives, p. 355

Mass XI, PBC p. 58. Credo III, PBC p. 77

The Introit antiphon has two phrases:

  1. Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus

  2. jubilate Deo in voce jubilationis.

The exhortation to be glad, to shout aloud for sheer joy, could hardly be expressed better than in these words of the Introit. It is the triumphal shout of Easter, as befits the fact that every Sunday is a recalling of the Resurrection. The melody, however, is not correspondingly impetuous, and can scarcely be regarded as a substantial enhancement of the text. The sixth mode, the one used here, is mild and limpid in character. Besides, in its plagal form, it usually has very narrow limits in the higher range, and here is especially unpretentious. Only once does it go beyond the dominant a in the brilliant jubilate which, with its a c b c a, can be regarded as a development of f a g a f over Omnes and (exsultati)-o-(nis). Otherwise it rests upon the tonic f, and several times descends below it. Only well-known formulas come into play. Omnes resembles Stetit Angelus in the Offertory of September 29, while plaudite manibus employs the common formula of the Alleluia-verse of Christmastide: for example, that of the third Christmas Mass over adorate Dominum or that of the Introit of the preceding Sunday over plebis suae. Just as an actual clapping of hands, in accordance with the summons of the Introit, is entirely out of question in the Roman liturgy, so also is the indicated joyfulness quite restrained and subdued.


(Year A) The Communion antiphon has two phrases:

  1. Christus resurgens ex mortuis jam non moritur, alleluia.

  2. Mors illi ultra non dominabitur alleluia alleluia.

The melody traces the text beautifully. The podatus of a fourth over Christus highlights that Christ is the one rising, with a slight elevation at re-surgens and then a descent over mortuis and moritur, words that reflect his death and descent. The melody then builds to a climax over dom-inabitur, which is the key point of the text. The triumph of Christ’s rising over death is once and for all. Its power is broken by his all conquering act of redemption. We have cause to repeat our alleluias.


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