This sung response to the Prayer of the Faithful was written for our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2012. The pastoral theme in Lourdes for that year was “with Bernadette praying the Rosary” and our archdiocese had chosen to focus, in particular, on the Mysteries of Light.
Each day the times of prayer and liturgy focused on one of the particular luminous mysteries and we used the corresponding text for the sung response.
Since then we’ve found various opportunities to use this piece as the corresponding scripture texts come up in the cycle of readings, or even adapting new text as we did recently at the Celebrate Conference during Easter week.
Those who heard our Sunday Worship broadcast on BBC Radio 4 back in January 2013 for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord will have heard us use this response live on air (listen below).
Some ideas for using this piece:
- Using a piece consistently through a particular season is a great way to create a sense of season and/or occasion. Consider using this setting for these remaining Sundays of Eastertide – it’s so easy for our resurrection joy to begin to fizzle a little bit as we come towards the end of the season.
- Consider adapting the text for the response for the coming Feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost
- Lifted up on high; hear our prayer, O Lord
- In the power of the Spirit; hear our prayer, O Lord
(Do share your own ideas in the comments below)
- The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary and a time when praying the Rosary is encouraged. Schools in particular might consider taking the themes of the Luminous Mysteries and basing times of collective worship around them and using this sung response with the corresponding text each week or each day.
Click here to download Christ Our Light PDF melody line.
Click here to download Easter Intercessions PDF.
LISTEN: Christ Our Light – Intercession Response (LIVE)
We’d love to hear your own ideas and suggestions in the comments below.