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The Third Sunday of Advent [Gaudete Sunday] (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Gaudete in Domino [Graduale Romanum, p.21]
    2. Gaudete in Domino [Gregorian Missal, p.174]
    3. Gaudete in Domino (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.334] Proper Introit for Advent III -- origin of the name Gaudete Sunday
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    5. Rejoice in the Lord always [Simple English Propers, p.9 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Rejoice in the Lord always [Simple Choral Gradual, p.7 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Rejoice in the Lord always [Lumen Christi Missal, p.905 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Henry Purcell) [E.C. Shirmer]
    9. Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Healey Willan) [Concordia]
    10. Rejoice in the Lord Alway (John Redford) [Novello]
    11. Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Chris Mueller, John Sheppard)
    12. Come, Rejoice in God Our King [tune: Gaudeamus pariter] from Introit Hymns #3 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. (A/C) Qui sedes Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.569]
    2. (A/C) Qui sedes Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.176]
    3. Qui sedes Domine (Dmitri Bortniansky)
    4. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    7. Common Psalms for Schools & Parishes (Thomas Cosley)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Excita Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.23]
    2. Excita Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.176]
    3. Choose one Alleluia from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
  • Offertory:
    1. Benedixisti Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.23]
    2. Benedixisti Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.178]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    4. Benedixisti Domine (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    5. O Lord, you have blessed your land [Simple English Propers, p.10 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. You forgave the guilt of your people [Simple Choral Gradual, p.8 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. You have blessed, O Lord, your land [Lumen Christi Missal, p.906 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. Dicite: Pusillanimes [Graduale Romanum, p.23]
    2. Dicite: Pusillanimes [Gregorian Missal, p.179]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem from either of the two Masses for Advent [Graduale simplex, pp.53-63]
    4. Dicite: Pusillanimes [Communio, p.52 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. Say: Take courage [Simple English Propers, p.11 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Say to the nations: be strong [Simple Choral Gradual, p.9 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Say: Take courage [Choral Communio, p.6 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    8. Say to the faint of heart [Lumen Christi Missal, p.906 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. Take courage, and do not fear Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Mass XVII (Adventus et Quadragesimae)
    2. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    3. Missa Deus Genitor alme (Harry McMurray)

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • Hark, the Glad Sound! (ICEL #5, CHB #5, CH #177, SMH #337, EH #7)
  • On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry (AH #303, CBW #443, CH #182, HH #14, HPSC #271, ICEL #9, WIII #356, CHB #9, SMH #478, EH #10, VII #229)
  • Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers (HPSC #287, HH #7, SMH #509, EH #4)
  • The Great Forerunner of the Morn (WIII #697, ICEL #209, HH #263, HPSC #323)
  • The Voice of God Goes Out through All the Earth (WIII #358, HPSC #336, CBW #639, HH #24)
  • When the King Shall Come Again (WIII #355)
AH = The Adoremus Hymnal, Ignatius Press
CBW = Catholic Book of Worship II / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CD = Cantate Domino / Hymnal Supplement, GIA Publications, Inc.
CH = The Collegeville Hymnal, The Liturgical Press
CHB = The Catholic Hymn Book [London Oratory], Gracewing Publishers
EH = The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal), used by many Anglican Use Roman Catholic parishes
HH = Hymnal of the Hours, GIA Publications, Inc.
HPSC = Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Canticles, out of print but excellent
ICEL = ICEL Resource Collection, GIA Publications, Inc.
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 3rd Edition 2003, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Behold, I Send My Messenger (Healey Willan)
  • Blessed Be the Lord (Robert Kreutz)
  • Confortamini (Orlando di Lasso) [Concordia]
  • Emmanuel: An Advent Processional (Gary Penkala)
  • Gaudete in Domino (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.334] Proper Introit for Advent III -- origin of the name Gaudete Sunday
  • Lo, in the Time Appointed (Healey Willan)
  • Magnificat (Jacques Berthier / Taize Community) from Worship III #553
  • Magnificat (Gregorian chant, tone 6) from ICEL Resource Collection #115
  • Matin Responsory (adapted from Palestrina) from Carols for Choirs II [Oxford]
  • O Heavenly Word from Christmas Triptych (Robert Jordahl)
  • Say to Them That Are of A Fearful Heart (Everett Titcomb) [Carl Fisher]
  • Ten New Carols for Advent and Christmas, Volume 1 (Gary Penkala)
  • Ten New Carols for Advent and Christmas, Volume 2
  • The Promise of Advent (J. William Greene)
  • The Wilderness (Samuel Wesley)
  • Veni Domine (Aurelio Profiri)
  • Veni Jesu (Luigi Cherubini)

Organ Music

  • Advent Prelude on Merton (Edward G. Mead) [Consoliere VI-4 - World Library Publ]
  • Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (Johannes Brahms)
  • Four Advent Chorales for Flute and Harpsichord [or Organ] (Stephen McManus)
  • Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (Georg Böhm)
  • Fuga sopra Magnificat (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
  • Gaudeamus pariter (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, April 1984]
  • Gottes Sohn ist kommen (J.S. Bach)
  • Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn (J.G. Walther) from 80 Chorale Preludes, Peters
  • Magnificat du deuxieme ton (Nicolas Lebegue)
  • Meine Seele erhebt den Herren (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Meine Seele erhebt den Herren (J.G. Walther) [Seasonal Chorale Preludes for Manuals, Bk 2 - Oxford]
  • Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein (J.S. Bach, Matthias Weckmann)
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel fromThree Preludes for the Christmas Cycle (Robert Farrell)
  • Prelude on Bristol (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes for Organ, Set II - Peters]
  • Prelude on Winchester New (Malcolm Archer)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Today's rose-colored vestments speak of the great anticipation with which this Sunday points to the coming celebration of Christmas. The rose candle of the Advent wreath, the Latin title for the day, Gaudete (Rejoice), the proper Introit beginning "Gaudete in Domino" (Rejoice in the Lord) — all these are marvelous symbols to include in this special liturgy.

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