The rubrics of OCF 373 tell us that if the body is received at church in connection with this hour, the rite of reception (OCF 82-86) begins the liturgy, the introductory verse (God come to my assistance, OCF 374) and hymn (375) are omitted. Reception is followed by the psalmody (376).
Liturgy geeks know that hymnody has higher standing in the Liturgy of the Hours than in Mass. You may be interested to see the hymn in the ritual edition:
I know that my Redeemer lives,
And on that final days of days,
His voice shall bid me rise again:
Unending joy, unceasing praise!
This hope I cherish in my heart:
To stand on earth, my flesh restored,
And, not a stranger but a friend,
Behold my Savior and my Lord.
It’s a bit different from the text I’ve seen in most hymnals, but they suggest the tune Duke Street, and attribute the music. No attribution of the text.
Remember that just because the hymn is omitted when the body is received, that doesn’t mean there is no music. The music is a processional piece, and OCF 85 suggests a “psalm, song, or responsory.” Is it a problem to do a processional psalm at the hours in this instance? I don’t think so, not as long as the nature of the liturgical procession is respected and the provision made for a repeated refrain to be sung. Hymns are stationary music. Responsorial songs and litanies are designed for processions: music that allows people to sing without reading.
OCF 376 provides two psalms and one Old Testament canticle, and gives sample ways they may be sung. “Other ways may also be used,” the rite instructs.
Psalm 51 has an antiphon the cantor sings, then all repeat. Then two groups within the assembly alternate on stanzas of the psalm text. The doxology is sung by all at the end. Repeating the antiphon at the end is optional.
In morning prayer, the old testament canticle is inserted between the two psalms. Another method for rendering is given with Isaiah 38: a cantor intones the refrain, then all repeat. The cantor sings the verses and the antiphon is repeated by all after each of several stanzas.
The second psalm, the 146th, is given the same treatment as the canticle. An option is given for Psalm 150 instead of 146. In this text, the suggestion is given for all to sing all the verses of the psalm; the antiphon is sung at the beginning and the end.
After the psalms, we have a brief reading (377) followed by the responsory (378). The Canticle of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79) continues the liturgy (379) with designated anitphons for the Easter season and outside of it. The hour concludes with intercessions (380), the Lord’s Prayer (381), and a concluding prayer (382). Remembrances may be shared after this prayer, according to the rite. A dismissal (383) or a procession to the place of committal (384) complete this liturgy.
Thoughts, observations, or questions?