Communion - Psallite Domino | Feast of the Ascension
"Psallite Domino" is the Gregorian Chant communion antiphon for the feast of the Ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ, into heaven. This recording is sung mostly according to the Solesmes Method, but with some Semiological interpretation as well. The melody on "ad Orientem," is a reflection of our Lord's rising up "to the East." This melody on "ad Orientem" also has its counterpart in the communion "Ecce Virgo" from the 4th Sunday of Advent where this same melody appears on the word "Emmanuel," meaning "God is with us." So we see a theological/catechetical musical picture here: this melody first appears at the time when Christ descends from heaven to earth, taking on the flesh of our human nature, coming to us; and again as Christ leaves the earth, ascending to heaven, taking our human nature, and us, with him. And yet He is still "with us" as He told us He would not leave us orphans, but send us His Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, Love, and Consolation.
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