7 June 2020, Trinity Sunday (Year A)
Introit (Years A & B): Benedicta sit
Offertory: Come down O Love divine, p. 364
Communion (Years A & C): Benedicimus Deum
Recessional: O God almighty Father, p. 365, Verses 1,2, and 3.
Mass VIII, PBC, p. 52. Credo III, PBC, p. 77.
(Years A & B) The Introit has two phrases:
Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas, atque indivisa Unitas
confitebimur ei, quia fecit nobiscum misericordiam suam.
God has given us this great promise which we hear at the heart of this Mass, the song which is on the lips of the Church as this Mass begins: the Love of God is being poured forth in our hearts. It points us toward heaven, just as the liturgy does. It points us towards the goal, as it were, to which this procession must move. . . . We can see how, in God's providence, and in His plan, this priestly people which makes up the Catholic Church, should, through the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, expand its heart to receive God Himself.
We know, do we not, that it is in the liturgy, at its best, that maybe just for a brief moment, the veil is lifted? And we perceive, even in this life, something which is the life of heaven, which breaks through, into our hearts. It is principally in the liturgy that we learn the language of heaven, and the song of heaven.
We are told that the Fathers of the Church learnt the chant from the angels, and that our singing altera ad alterum, antiphonally from side to side, is an imitation of the choirs of angels that sing responding to one another. When we sing, we should be like them, because we shall have become what we sing: Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus. Holy, holy, holy.
(Years A & C) The Communion has three phrases:
Benedicimus Deum caeli
et coram omnibus viventibus confitebimur ei
quia fecit nobiscum misericordiam suam.
The first phrase is very faithful to its original as noted above; the second is not. The melody over quia fecit, which here opens the third phrase, forms the close of the second phrase in the original. Here again the phrasing is not entirely happy. Small heterogeneous pieces compose the last part: nobiscum is like scuto in the Communion for the first Sunday of Lent; the close is found in a number of chants, for example in the Introit Dum clamarem over in aeternum.