2 Maccabees 7:1–2, 9–14
‘The King of the world will raise us up to live for ever.’
Psalm 16(17):1, 5–6, 8, 15
R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.
2 Thessalonians 2:16–3:5
May the Lord strengthen you in everything good that you do or say.
Revelation 1:5a, 6b
Jesus Christ is the firstborn of the dead; glory and kingship be his for ever and ever.
He is God, not of the dead, but of the living.
Images from the Word
- Died childless
- Children of this world
- God of the living
- King of the world
- The Lord is faithful
It is fitting that there be a cantor or a choir director to lead and sustain the people’s singing. When in fact there is no choir, it is up to the cantor to lead the different chants, with the people taking part.—General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §104
It is expected that music be on the lips of every member of the assembly. Music is intended to help the assembly lift their hearts to praise their God and to express their oneness in their unity of voice. The choir and the cantor are not intended to take over the participation of the assembly but by their gift of voice and music to foster the full participation of the faithful. Catholic Worship Book II provides many resources to help us become a singing community.