Lining Up Antiphons

One of our graduating students and I have been working on the parish summer music plan. It’s not too clear if she will be here to be part of it. But since she might be looking at an eventual career or vocation in music ministry (She sure has the gifts for it!) maybe this will be a helpful exercise.

I had the Roman antiphonary up on my laptop. Sometimes we found some helpful directions. But mostly not. Have you looked at the Ordinary Time line-up of entrance psalms? A most unimaginative lot. The numbers below indicate the Sunday in Ordinary Time followed by the Psalm assigned. See a pattern?

7, 13
8, 18
9, 25
10, 27
11, 27
12, 28
13, 47
14, 48
15, 17
16, 54
17, 68
18, 70
19, 74
20, 84
21, 86
22, 86
23, 119
24, 122

It’s like a committee just sat around a table with Bibles, opened up to the first Psalm and just paged through till they found something they liked. And someone came back from a bathroom break to ask why they didn’t place his suggestion, Psalm 17.

This is perhaps the main reason why I simply cannot take seriously the reform2 obsession with the propers.

And don’t get me started on the continual use of that perfectly good psalm, the 34th, as a repeated theme for Communion. A more judicious inclusion of Psalms 42-43, 63, 65, 103, or 147 might have been good. Not to mention a few key New Testament lyrical sections like Philippians 2:6-11 or Colossians 1:15-20 or a few of the praise canticles from Revelation.

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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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