The Communion

James Mckinnon

in The Advent Project

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221987
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924338 | DOI:
The Communion

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This chapter discusses the annual cycle of the communion and examines the relation of each segment with the other items of the Mass Proper. The communion is described as an antiphon and psalm accompanying the distribution of the Eucharistic elements, the singing of which is broken off after a signal from the presiding pope to the schola cantorum. Communions are derived from the New Testament rather than the Book of Psalms, and express the exuberance of the post-Christmas narrative chants rather than the reflective spirit of the Advent prophetic lyrics. An enhancing element is introduced in the inclusion of several communions with texts from the New Testament Epistles, the main contributor to the complication of the table. Twenty-eight of the forty-two sanctoral communions have gospel texts (ten have texts from the psalms, three from other books of the Bible, while one chant, Qui me dignatus, is nonbiblical). The communions with gospel texts are mostly gospel communions in the narrow sense.

Keywords: Eucharistic elements; Mass Proper; sanctoral communions; gospel texts; gospel communions

Chapter.  11821 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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