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The Third Sunday of Easter (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Be Joyful, Mary, Heavenly Queen (CBW #497, CH #328, ICEL #109, PMB #77, WIII #450)
  • Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands (ICEL #67, HH #103, CH #275)
  • Daylight Fades (WIII #448, HH #101)
  • Gift of Finest Wheat (WIII #736, PMB #665, HPSC #360, CBW #570, CH #389)
  • God with Hidden Majesty / Adoro te devote (WIII #489, ICEL #138, HPSC #164, AH #511, CH #368)
  • He Is Risen (CH #285)
  • Humbly We Adore Thee / Adoro te devote (PMB #675, CBW #587, CH #369)
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives (WIII #445, ICEL #160, PMB #744, CBW #56, CH #293)
  • 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)
  • The Day of Resurrection (CH #278, HH #130, HPSC #316, CHB #82)
  • This Is the Lord's Day (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • This Joyful Eastertide (WIII #449, HH #133, CHB #84)
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, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Adoro te devote (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 3
  • Alleluia (Randall Thompson)
  • Alleluia! For Christ Is Risen (J.S. Bach)
  • And They Drew Nigh (Leo Sowerby)
  • Ave verum corpus (Gregorian chant) [ICEL #131, Liber ususalis p.1856]
  • Ave verum corpus (W.A. Mozart)
  • Awake, My Heart, with Gladness (J.S. Bach)
  • Breaking of the Bread (Austin Lovelace)
  • Cantate Domino (Dietrich Buxtehude, Giovanni Croce, Michel-Richard de Lalande, Hans Leo Hassler, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck)
  • Christ the Lord Is Risen Today from Hymn Trilogy II (Harry McMurray)
  • Cognoverunt discipuli (William Byrd) [Novello]
  • Concentus gaudii: Cantate Domino (J. William Greene)
  • Easter Psalm (Gary Penkala)
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice and Sing (Donna Robertson)
  • If Ye Love Me (Thomas Tallis)
  • My Heart Is Fixed (Leo Sowerby)
  • O sacrum convivium (Eugene Englert)
  • O Sing unto the Lord (Henry Purcell)
  • O Sweet and Sacred Feast (Michael McCabe)
  • Preserve Me, O Lord (Benedetto Marcello) [Concordia] (Paul Manz) [Augsburg]
  • Regina coeli lætare (Gregor Aichinger / Angelini)
  • Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Georg Philipp Telemann)
  • Tantum ergo sacramentum (Christopher Bord)
  • The Master's Rejoicing (Jim Stanley)
  • Two Easter Anthems (Colin Brumby)
  • Vidi aquam (Michael McCarthy)

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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