11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (English)

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This Sunday is the 11th Sunday per annum. The propers this week tell the story of a soul seeking God. (1) The entrance antiphon is a cry to God for help. The faithful therefore are to approach this Mass in the knowledge in a state of poverty before God, for without His help, we can do nothing.

(2) The offertory antiphon is a prayer of thanksgiving for the counsel of the Lord as well as for His presence in us. The faithful can see this a sign that our pray in the entrance antiphon has been answered by the readings - most particularly, the words of Christ in the Gospel.

(3) Finally, the communion antiphon is a prayer for the future: specifically that God grant us the grace of final perseverance, so that we "may dwell in the house of the Lord". This is especially poignant, sing it is sung as the faithful receive communion. 


Entrance Antiphon:

O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; be my help. Do not abandon or forsake me, O God, my Savior.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Ps. 30:3,4,2

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Offertory Antiphon:

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel. I keep the Lord always before me; with him at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Ps. 15:7,8

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Communion Antiphon:

There is one thing I ask of the Lord, only this do I seek; to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Ps. 26:4

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