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The Third Sunday of Easter (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Jubilate Deo omnis terra [Graduale Romanum, p.219]
    2. Jubilate Deo omnis terra [Gregorian Missal, p.359]
    3. Jubilate Deo (Adriano Banchieri, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Josquin des Prez, Giovanni Gabrieli, Orlando di Lasso, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Heinrich Schütz, Ascanio Trombetti)
    4. Make Ye Joy to God (William Byrd)
    5. O Be Joyful in the Lord (G.F. Handel, Charles Villiers Stanford)
    6. Ego sum pastor bonus [Graduale simplex, p.165]
    7. Ego sum pastor bonus (Thomas Kuras)
    8. Cantate Domino canticum novum [Graduale simplex, p.172]
    9. Shout joyfully to God, all the earth [Simple English Propers, p.111 (Adam Bartlett)]
    10. Cry out with joy to God [Lumen Christi Missal, p.928 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. Cry out with joy to God [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.33 / Mode 8 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    12. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy [Simple Choral Gradual, p.97 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    13. All People of the Earth, Rejoice [tune: Lasst uns erfreuen] from Introit Hymns #24 (Christoph Tietze)
    14. Mass Propers for Eastertide (Gary Penkala)
  • Alleluia I (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Alleluia. Cognoverunt discipuli [Graduale Romanum, p.220]
    2. Alleluia. Cognoverunt discipuli [Gregorian Missal, p.360]
    3. Cognoverunt discipuli (William Byrd)
    4. Confitemini Domino [Graduale simplex, p.166]
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia II (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Alleluia. Oportebat pati Christum [Graduale Romanum, p.220]
    2. Alleluia. Oportebat pati Christum [Gregorian Missal, p.361]
    3. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Confitemini Domino [Graduale simplex, p.168]
  • Offertory:
    1. Lauda anima mea [Graduale Romanum, p.221]
    2. Lauda anima mea [Gregorian Missal, p.362]
    3. Ad te de luce [Graduale simplex, p.169]
    4. Praise the Lord, O my soul [Simple English Propers, p.112 (Adam Bartlett)]
    5. My soul, give praise to the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.98 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Praise the Lord, my soul [Lumen Christi Missal, p.928 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. Mass Propers for Eastertide (Gary Penkala)
  • Communion:
    1. Cantate Domino, alleluia [Graduale Romanum, p.222]
    2. Cantate Domino, alleluia [Gregorian Missal, p.363]
    3. In Galilæa Iesum [Graduale simplex, p.170]
    4. Cantate Domino, alleluia [Communio, p.30]
    5. (B) Sing unto the Lord [Choral Communio, p.56 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    6. (B) Sing unto the Lord, alleluia [Simple English Propers, p.115 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. O Sing unto the Lord (Henry Purcell, Vaughan Richardson)
    8. (B) Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead [Simple Choral Gradual, p.100 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. (B) Proclaim the Lord's salvation [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    10. O sing to the Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.929 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. The disciples recognized the Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.929 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    12. The disciples recognized the Lord [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.34 / Mode 1 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    13. (B) The Christ had to suffer [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.34 / Mode 1 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    14. Mass Propers for Eastertide (Gary Penkala)
  • Mass settings:
    1. Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians (Richard Connolly)
    2. Mass of the Angels (Richard J. Clark)
    3. Mass of the Redemption (Calvert Shenk)
    4. Missa I – Lux et origo (Gregorian chant) [Graduale Romanum, p.710]
    5. Missa I – Lux et origo (Gregorian chant) [Graduale simplex, p.75]
    6. Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk)
    7. Paschal Gloria (J. William Greene)

Other liturgical music


  • Be Joyful, Mary, Heavenly Queen (CBW #497, CH #328, ICEL #109, PMB #77, WIII #450, SMH #241, VII #248, LCH #65)
  • Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands (ICEL #67, HH #103, CH #275, SMH #258)
  • Daylight Fades (WIII #448, HH #101)
  • Gift of Finest Wheat (WIII #736, HPSC #360, PMB #665, CBW #570, CH #389, SMH #302)
  • God with Hidden Majesty [Adoro te devote] (WIII #489, ICEL #138, HPSC #164, AH #511, CH #368, CHB #117)
  • He Is Risen (CH #285, SMH #341, EH #90)
  • Humbly We Adore Thee [Adoro te devote] (PMB #675, CBW #587, CH #369, SMH #352, EH #204)
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives (WIII #445, ICEL #160, PMB #744, CBW #56, CH #293, SMH #356, VII #355, LCH #63)
  • Jesus, Bread in Mercy Broken (HPSC #200)
  • O Queen of Heaven (WIII #443, PMB #67)
  • One in Joyful Songs of Praise (PMB #72)
  • That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright (WIII #457, ICEL #76, HH #116, CBW #507, CH #284, SMH #549, EH #98, LCH #60)
  • The Day of Resurrection (CH #278, HH #130, HPSC #316, CHB #82, SMH #557, EH #96)
  • This Is the Lord's Day (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • This Joyful Eastertide (WIII #449, HH #133, CHB #84, LCH #71)
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

Organ Music

  • Christ Is Arisen (Gerald Near)
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (Georg Böhm, F.W. Zachau, Samuel Scheidt)
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Prelude on Christ lag in Todesbanden (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Easter Season [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-402]
  • Prelude on Duke Street (Flor Peeters) from Thirty Short Preludes
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (J.S. Bach)
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Johannes Brahms) from Eleven Chorale Preludes
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Wilbur Held)
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (M.F.A. Koehler)
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (F.W. Marpurg) from Twenty-one Chorale Preludes [Augsburg]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
  • Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness (Paul Manz) from Improvisations on Classic Chorales [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-843]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Gospel emphasizes the importance of Scripture ("He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures") and Sacrament ("He was made known in the breaking of the bread"). Incense at the Gospel and incense during the Elevation may help to reinforce this. Throughout the Easter Season (from the Easter Vigil right through Pentecost) the Sprinkling Rite is the perfect way to open the liturgy. It recalls our baptism (use water from the font) and delineates this season, which otherwise has a great danger of being forgotten by the fourth or fifth Sunday. Use the proper chant Vidi aquam [Liber usualis, p.12] — or — [Booklet of Chant, Volume 3], or I Saw Water Flowing, a brilliant English adaptation by Alex Hill which maintains the chant melody.

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