Podcast: 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C

This Sunday we celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C. As we journey through the scriptures from the lectionary, we go from seeking God’s face in the entrance antiphon, to proclaiming that the Lord is our light and salvation in the psalm. And in the gospel acclamation and communion antiphon, both taken from Matthew’s account of the transfiguration of Christ, God speaks to us directly: identifying Jesus as his beloved son and commanding us to listen to him.

Entrance Antiphon
Of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face.
It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;
hide not your face from me.
(Psalm 27:8-9)

Psalm 27
“The Lord is my light and my salvation.”

Gospel Acclamation
From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, hear him.
(Matthew 17:5)

Communion Antiphon
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.
(Matthew 17:5)


Featured Songs






Podcast Transcript

Hi and welcome to the Modern Psalmist Podcast. I’m Rebecca De La Torre.

This Sunday we celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C. As we journey through the scriptures from the lectionary, we go from seeking God’s face in the entrance antiphon, to proclaiming that the Lord is our light and salvation in the psalm. And in the gospel acclamation and communion antiphon, both taken from Matthew’s account of the transfiguration of Christ, God speaks to us directly: identifying Jesus as his beloved son and commanding us to listen to him.

The Entrance Antiphon for today is from Psalm 27, verses 8 and 9:

“Of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face.
It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;
hide not your face from me.”

It’s an excellent choice for the commencement of our sacred mass as it focuses our attention on God and seeking to truly see him. It sets the mood well for the story of the transfiguration in the gospel today, when Peter, John, and James really do see Jesus in all his glory.

Entrance Antiphon – 2nd Lent (Mode I, De La Torre)

The psalm for today is also taken from chapter 27. The response is:

“The Lord is my light and my salvation.”

One of the verses is a perfect fit with the entrance antiphon, as it states:

“Your presence, O Lord, I seek.
Hide not your face from me”

So we are preparing our hearts to seek the Lord before he is revealed in the transfiguration.

Psalm 27: The Lord Is My Light (2nd Lent C)

As we come to the Gospel Acclamation and Communion Antiphon, both taken from Matthew chapter 17, verse 5, God reveals Jesus as the Christ, and we are specifically instructed to listen to him.

The gospel acclamation verse states:

“From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, hear him.”

Lenten Gospel Acclamation – 2nd Sunday C (De La Torre, Mode II)

Jesus is the only one we *need* to listen to. As the psalm says, He is our light and our salvation.
So I find it appropriate that the communion antiphon echos the command from the Father, reminding us of who our true north star needs to be as we navigate life in a fallen world.

Communion Antiphon – 2nd Lent

The song I want to feature today is composed by my dear friend, Michael John Poirier titled, “In the Light” – I think it’s a great fit with both the psalm and the gospel of the transfiguration because, with God as our light and in his light, we are better able to recognize our value as precious children of a loving God.

In the Light (Poirier)

That was “In the Light” by Michael John Poirier for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C. If you want to hear full versions of any of the antiphons featured today or any of the songs, follow the links in the show notes where you can find recordings and sheet music on TheModernPsalmist.com.

I sincerely hope you are having a fruitful and blessed Lenten journey. Please join me again next week for the 3rd Sunday of Lent.

God bless you!