The Gospel Acclamation and the Communion Antiphon for Sunday’s Mass were drawn from the Benedictus, the great song of Zechariah, sung each morning by the Church at Morning Prayer, part of the Liturgy of the Hours.
As for you, little child, you shall be called
a prophet of God, the Most High.
You shall go ahead of the Lord
to prepare his ways before him.
Gospel Acclamation for Solemnity of nativity of St John the Baptist
The Gospel Acclamation sings the prophecy of John’s vocation, to prepare the way of the Lord; and the Communion Antiphon sings of how this same Lord will come to us, mercy and tenderness visiting a new dawn upon us…
Through the tender mercy of our God,
the Dawn from on high will visit us.
Communion Antiphon for Solemnity of nativity of St John the Baptist
Cf. Lk 1: 78
The old story gives new hope and reminds of how in God we are always present to newness and refreshment, and how always we too are called to be servants of the grace of God made available and accessible to us. We are invited to be witnesses for that newness ourselves.
- How might you prepare the way for the Lord?
- In what ways does/has the Lord visited you?
Chinese version of the Benedictus. Ein Kerem, Israel. (c) 2012, Allen Morris.