- Tuesday, 17 October 2006
Frumentum Christi sum,
dentibus bestiarum molar,
ut panis mundus inveniar.
I actually sang part of my homily this morning. Yes, I did. I couldn’t help myself! I opened my Graduale and sang today’s incomparable Communion Antiphon, Frumentum Christi sum, for all to hear. The melody “grinds” the word molar, and then soars over the word panis. The chant melody is a mystical exegesis of the text. It is what I have been arguing for years: sung theology!
The image I chose today, an 18th century Latin American retable, does not depict Saint Ignatius of Antioch, but it does suggest something of his longing to become “purest bread” for Christ’s Holy Oblation. Read below what I had to say about identification with Christ, Priest and Victim.
SAINT IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH, BISHOP AND MARTYR
Psalm 33:1–2, 3–4, 5–6, 7–8 (R. 4b)
The Eucharistified Martyr
Today is the feast of a martyr of fire, a wholly eucharistified martyr: Saint Ignatius, a disciple of the Apostle Saint John and the successor of the Apostle Saint Peter as bishop of Antioch. In the