Thursday, July 26, 2012

Down in Adoration Falling

Here we are once again, in the days of mini-retreat on the Eucharist at our Sunday liturgies. During Cycle B, the Year of Mark, the shortest Gospel, we hear for a few weeks from the Bread of Life Discourse from the Gospel of John.

It seems to me that this might be a good time to do what we can to revive the beautiful habit of Eucharistic devotion through our choice of postCommunion hymn, especially during these brief weeks. According to the GIRM:

88. When the distribution of Communion is over, if appropriate, the Priest and faithful pray quietly for some time. If desired, a Psalm or other canticle of praise or a hymn may also be sung by the whole congregation.

This option was so memorably employed at the Holy Father's Mass at Westminster Cathedral a couple of years ago.


I thought I might offer a few hymns I've written with the highly accomplished Australian composer Colin Brumby, whose sacred work has been published in the States by CanticaNOVA Publications. The intent, like the above, is devotional, tender, yearning, and confident.

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