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The Fourth Sunday of Lent [Lætare] (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Lætare Ierusalem [Graduale Romanum, p.108]
    2. Lætare Ierusalem [Gregorian Missal, p.259]
    3. In tribulatione [Graduale simplex, p.102]
    4. In tribulatione mea (Ascanio Trombetti)
    5. Rejoice, O Jerusalem [Simple English Propers, p.75 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Rejoice, Jerusalem [Lumen Christi Missal, p.920 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. Rejoice, Jerusalem [Simple Choral Gradual, p.59 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Rejoice, Jerusalem! [tune: Truro] from Introit Hymns #18 (Christoph Tietze)
    9. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
    10. Rejoice, Jerusalem [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.22 / Mode 5 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Lætatus sum [Graduale Romanum, p.336]
    2. Lætatus sum [Gregorian Missal, p.260] 
    3. Lætatus sum (Adam Gumpelzhaimer, Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi)
    4. Adiutor in tribulationibus [Graduale simplex, p.103]
    5. The Lord will be a refuge (George J. Webb)
    6. Domine, exaudi vocem meam [Graduale simplex, p.104]
    7. Domine exaudi vocem (David Thoman)
    8. Chabanel Psalmody
    9. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    10. Common Psalms for Schools & Parishes (Thomas Cosley)
  • Tract (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Qui confidunt [Graduale Romanum, p109]
    2. Qui confidunt [Gregorian Missal, p.261]
    3. Qui verbum Dei [Graduale simplex, p.105]
    4. De profundis [Graduale simplex, p.106]
    5. De profundis (Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Nicolaus Bruhns, Josquin des Prez, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Estêvão Lopes Morago, W.A. Mozart, Jan Pieters Sweelinck)
  • Offertory:
    1. (A/B) Laudate Dominum [Graduale Romanum, p.110]
    2. (A/B) Laudate Dominum [Gregorian Missal, p.262]
    3. Bonum est confiteri [Graduale simplex, p.106]
    4. Bonum est confiteri (Robert Führer, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    5. (A/B) Praise the Lord, for he is loving [Simple English Propers, p.76 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. The Lord does whatever he wills [Simple Choral Gradual, p.60 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. (A/B) Praise the Lord, for he is good [Lumen Christi Missal, p.920 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Communion:
    1. (A) Lutum fecit [Graduale Romanum, p.111]
    2. (A) Lutum fecit [Gregorian Missal, p.264]
    3. Introibo ad altare Dei [Graduale simplex, p.107]
    4. (A) Lutum fecit [Communio, p.135 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. Jerusalem, built as a city [Simple English Propers, p.78 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. (A) The Lord made some clay [Choral Communio, p.36 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. (A) The Lord rubbed my eyes [Simple Choral Gradual, p.61 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. The Lord made some clay [Simple English Propers, p.79 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    9. (A) The Lord anointed my eyes [Lumen Christi Missal, p.921 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
    11. (A) I washed myself [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    12. The Lord anointed my eyes [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.22 / Mode 6 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    13. You must rejoice, my son [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.23 / Mode 8 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    14. Jerusalem is built as a city [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.23 / Mode 7 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Mass XVII (Adventus et Quadragesimæ)
    2. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    3. Missa Deus Genitor alme (Harry McMurray)
    4. Wondrous Love: A Mass for Lent (J. William Greene)

Other liturgical music


  • Christ Is the World's Light (CBW #543, HPSC #130, WIII #543, CD #897, EH #258)
  • Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies (HPSC #132, CH #424, EH #153, LCH #168)
  • God Is My Strong Salvation (HPSC #165, ICEL #208, CH #646, HH #302)
  • God, You Are Clothed in Light (HH #81)
  • He Healed the Darkness of My Mind (WIII #749)
  • I Lift My Eyes to You, O Lord (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (HPSC #199, SMH #375)
  • Jesus Calls Us Out of Darkness (HH #62)
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (CH #258, HH #90, WIII #439, CHB #65, SMH #421, LCH #47)
  • Now Let Us All With One Accord (HH #85)
  • O Christ, You Are the Light of Day (HH #87, CBW #723)
  • Safe in the Hands of God (HPSC #291)
  • Take Up Your Cross (WIII #634, ICEL #51, HPSC #309, CD #927, PMB #44, HH #68, CBW #485, CH #651, SMH #544, LCH #48)
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (WIII #609, ICEL #165, HPSC #324, AH #580, CH #460, CHB #265, SMH #563/4, EH #345, VII #269, LCH #109)
  • Word of God, Come Down on Earth (CBW #559, WIII #513, HPSC #355, PMB #105, CH #654)
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.
LCH = Lumen Christi Hymnal, Illuminare Publications
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

  • Be in My Seeing (Wayne L. Wold) [Selah Publishing Co]
  • Behold the Lamb of God from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • By the Pool of Bethesda (Leo Sowerby)
  • God Is My Shepherd (Antonin Dvorak)
  • God So Loved the World from The Crucifixion (John Stainer)
  • God So Loved the World (Melchior Vulpius) [Concordia]
  • God Was in Jesus (Johannes Herbst) [Boosey & Hawkes]
  • Greater Love Hath No Man (John Ireland)
  • Humbly I Adore Thee (J. David Hart)
  • Lætare Jerusalem (Gregorian chant) Proper Introit for Lent IV [Liber usualis, p.559]
  • Miserere mei Domine (Calvert Shenk)
  • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (arr. Marie Pooler, arr. Virgil Thomson)
  • Now Are Ye Light in the Lord (Healey Willan) [Concordia]
  • O God, Thou Faithful God (Johannes Brahms)
  • O Savior of the World (John Goss)
  • Sitientes, venite ad aquas (T.L. de Victoria) [Ricordi]
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs (R. Evan Copley)
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Suscepit Israel from Magnificat in D (J.S. Bach)
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (arr. Eugene Englert) [GIA Publications]
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd (G.A. Homilius) [Broude] (John Rutter) [Oxford] (C.V. Stanford)
  • The Lord My Pasture Shall Prepare (William Billings) [Concordia]
  • The Twenty-third Psalm (Franz Schubert)
  • Tristis est anima mea (G.B.Martini / ed. Andrea Angelini)
  • Wondrous Love (arr. Paul Christiansen) [Augsburg]

Organ Music

Rubrics indicate that the organ remain silent during Lent, except on Læetare Sunday or on other solemnities or festive days or at any time to accompany singing. Organ music may then be used today during Mass, as solo preludes, meditations and postludes, in addition to accompanying singing. It should, however, still retain a Lenten flavor and not be overly exuberant, which would detract from the festivity of Easter.

  • Adagio (Roger Nyquest)
  • Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht (Georg Böhm) from The Church Organist's Golden Treasury, Vol.1 [Oliver Ditson Co.]
  • Christus, der uns selig macht (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Christus, der ist mein Leben (Sigfid Karg-Elert)
  • Hymnus tempore quadragesimali (Samuel Scheidt)
  • Intonation and Canzona in d minor (Michael Starke)
  • Meditation on Adoro te devote (Alfred Fedak) [Selah Publishing Co]
  • Variations on Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht (Georg Böhm)
  • Prelude on Christe Redemptor (C. Hubert H. Parry, Healey Willan)
  • Variations on Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht (Georg Böhm)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

This is Lætare Sunday, a title derived from the opening text of the Latin proper Introit: "Lætare, Ierusalem…" (Rejoice, Jerusalem). What an opportunity is missed if we musicians don't sing that lovely Gregorian Introit, with perhaps a note in a liturgy sheet explaining its connection with the title of the Sunday. Of course, rose vestments should be worn, the organ should be played, and flowers (of a Lenten sort) should adorn the sanctuary. Otherwise, this is just another Sunday in Lent.

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