OCF 73-81: Vigil, Word, Intercessions, Conclusion

The OCF book in the US edition gives a brief rubric in #73, noting that “(o)ther readings, psalms, and gospel readings are given in Part III” which is OCF 343-347. Then in number 74, a sample reading is given from 2 Corinthians (5:1, 6-10); in number 75, a sample Psalm, the 27th; and in number 76, a sample gospel (Luke 12:35-40). The rubric of OCF 77 tells us a “brief homily” is to be given.

Instead of “Prayers of the Faithful” format we usually hear at Mass, a litany is prayed after the homily (OCF 78). I like this text and have set it to music. My suggestion is that this is one non-Mass text every serious liturgical composer should have in her or his portfolio:

Risen Lord, pattern of our life for ever: Lord have mercy.

Promise and image of what we shall be: Lord have mercy.

Son of God who came to destroy sin and death: Lord have mercy.

Word of God who delivered us from the fear of death: Lord have mercy.

Crucified Lord, forsaken in death, raise in glory: Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus, gentle Shepherd who bring rest to our souls, give peace to N for ever: Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you bless those who mourn and are in pain. Bless N’s family and friends who gather around him/her today: Lord have mercy.

And more practically, every cantor should be able to render this litany with or without accompaniment. It would be sort of like the camping merit badge to an Eagle Scout. You need it in your bag.

The Lord’s Prayer (OCF 79) and Concluding Prayer (OCF 80) continue the vigil. The last rubric of OCF 80 indicates a family member or friend may speak there in remembrance of the deceased. We discussed this in an earlier post. More often I see the remembrance offered after the homily. I think a reasonable case could be made for it to be placed there.

OCF 81 suggests the deceased’s forehead may be signed to the traditional “Eternal rest …” prayer and responses. Concluding blessings for the people may be done by the clergy or invoked of God by a lay person. The final rubric for the Vigil suggests “a song or a few moments of silent prayer or both.”

Any comments on this? Is this what you experience in your parishes?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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