VNO 48: In Any Need

“In any need” leaves the door wide open as to interpretation. Looking more closely, the revised Roman Missal gives two sets of options here. In the Lectionary edition a decade prior, this Mass is gathered with observances at a time of natural disaster or in prayer for a fruitful resolution to adverse conditions. Check this post earlier in this series for a brief summary of the readings assigned in the Lectionary.

Set A suggests relief from a long period of trial, physical or spiritual or both. It fits with natural disaster. It includes an uncited text for an antiphon at the beginning of Mass:

Entrance Antiphon

I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever.

Though uncited, these words would apply to any New Testament instance of return from Exile or perceived punishment from God. The Psalms that come to mind for me would be 27 or 62 or 63.

Communion Antiphon Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you, says the Lord.

A much loved passage, and maybe a good match with one of the more lyrical passages from Isaiah (25:6-9 or 40:1-11 or 55:1-5).

With the use of set B, worshipers acknowledge their need for God, and his mercy. This also fits with adverse physical conditions, but it might also apply to relief from a period of community worry or anguish:

Entrance Antiphon Psalm 44:26

Arise, O Lord, come to our help; redeem us with your merciful love.

Communion Antiphon John 16:23-24

Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you.
Ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete, says the Lord.

The Communion text is from the Last Supper discourse, which is full of lyrical passages for inclusion in the music. The canticle of Ephesians 1:3-14 is also a thought.

Some years ago, we blogged on Masses And Prayers For Various Needs And Occasions. In the GIRM, sections 368-378 cover the universal regulations on their use. You can check our brief comments here and here and here. The USCCB’s unannotated text on the matter is here.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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