Saint Theresa Church - Rye Beach, NH
A Catholic Community
Rev. Msgr. Maurice D. Lavigne , Pastor
815 Central Road, PO Box 482
Rye Beach, NH 03871
FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
Today’s liturgy celebrates the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. It is the last Sunday of Year A of the three Scripture cycles of Years A, B, & C, and the last Sunday before the new liturgical year begins Scripture cycle Year B, with the First Sunday of Advent.
Once known as the solemnity of Christ the King, the title of this feast day was changed by Pope Paul VI in his motu proprio, Mysterii Paschalis of 1969, to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. He also changed the date of the feast from the last Sunday in October, to the last Sunday of the liturgical year, in order to give it eschatological, or apocalyptic, importance. Here is an excerpt from the encyclical letter Quas primas, written by another pope in 1925, Pope Pius XI, which makes clear his desire for the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe to impact the laity:
“If Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men and women, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to the revealed truths and doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God.” Is Jesus Christ your king? Will you one day sit at the banquet?
Our hymnody this week gives bow to our King with, To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King, ICH GLAUB AN GOTT, at the Entrance; the refrain of our Responsorial Psalm, from Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” is directly connected to the First Reading from Ezekiel. God says: “I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock…”; at the Offertory we sing, Whatsoever You Do, singing of today’s gospel from Matthew; at Communion, Worthy Is the Lamb is a hymn that sets to music the text of the Entrance Antiphon, “How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honor. To him belong glory and power forever and ever.” At the 10:00 Mass, the Choir follows that with, Crown Him with Many Crowns, DIADEMATA, a glorious favorite arranged for four-part choral harmony by Craig Courtney. At the Closing we sing, Hail, Redeemer, King Divine, ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR. Let’s sing this as a people who raise Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, as our eternal King!
Why do we sing the Gloria?
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father…”
“The Gloria in excelsis Deo (Glory to God in the highest) is a most ancient and venerable hymn by which the Church, gathered in the Holy Spirit, glorifies and entreats God the Father and the Lamb.” (GIRM 53)*, and singing is the highest way to deliver it! The human voice is the primary liturgical instrument, given to us by God, and capable of emoting this prayer of praise straight from the human heart. This is the most pleasing and perfect way to offer praise to God. Although the Gloria may be recited as well as sung, its text may not be replaced by any other. St. Augustine said, “He who sings, is one who loves.” What a perfect way to give glory to God in the highest!
*General Instruction of the Roman Missal
Mary Lou Arcidi – Music Director
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