Gospel Acclamations or verses – some background in a small video.
Samuel, son of Hannah, was one of the most notable figures in the Old Testament,
yet he was a slowish beginner.
Samuel was asleep in the Temple and he thought he heard Eli, the old priest, calling him – but it wasn’t Eli! Eventually, Eli told him that if he heard that voice again he was to say ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening’
Samuel did that and found out that God was speaking to him, and God was calling him to be a prophet – one who seeks and listens for the truth, one who always speaks the truth. So Samuel’s sleep was disturbed, but from that moment, like St Paul on the road to Damascus, he found a new and exciting way of life – he spoke in the name of God, he anointed Saul the first King, he anointed David the shepherd boy, who became the great king from whose line the Christ would be born.
When we stand to welcome the reading of the Gospel we might remember Samuel and his words
‘speak, O Lord, your servant is listening’
as we open our minds and hearts to the voice of God, who knows what we will hear?
2 Not by bread alone do we live, but by every word from the mouth of God. Glory to the Father, glory to the Son, glory to the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.
Not by bread alone do we live, but by every word from the mouth of God.
The verse we sing at Mass before the reading of the gospel on the 1st Sunday of Lent
can also be used as an Entry Song and can usefully be extended by adding the ‘Glory to the Father’ and then repeating the verse.
Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory. Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory. The Father’s voice was heard from the cloud:’this is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him Listen to him.
Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory.
GV: I am the light score and audio with Magdalen MacInnes plus organ, bass, harp and flute.
Introit I am the light with score and audio with St Mungo Singers: