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

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 (Adam Bartlett) p.9 / CMAA]
    6. Rejoice in the Lord always [Simple Choral Gradual (Richard Rice) p.7 / CMAA]
    7. Rejoice in the Lord always [Lumen Christi Missal (Adam Bartlett) p.905 / 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. Rejoice in the Lord always [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.6, Mode 1 / OCP]
    13. Rejoice in the Lord always [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.22-24 / Ignatius Press]
    14. Rejoice in the Lord always [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.6, with Psalm 85[84] / Liturgical Press]
    15. Rejoice in the Lord always [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #142, with Psalm 85 / Illuminare Publications]
    16. Let the clouds rain down the Just One [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.7, with Psalm 19 / Liturgical Press]
    17. 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. I was glad when they said to me [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.8, with Psalm 122 / Liturgical Press]
    6. Chabanel Psalmody
    7. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    8. 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. Alleluia, give ear, O shepherd of Israel [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.8-9, with Psalm 80 / Liturgical Press]
    4. 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 (Adam Bartlett) p.10 / CMAA]
    6. You forgave the guilt of your people [Simple Choral Gradual (Richard Rice) p.8 / CMAA]
    7. You have blessed, O Lord, your land [Lumen Christi Missal (Adam Bartlett) p.906 / Illuminare Publications]
    8. O Lord, you have favored your land [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 5 versions, pp.24-27 / Ignatius Press]
    9. You have blessed, O Lord, your land [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #143, with Psalm 85 / Illuminare Publications]
    10. Hail Mary, full of grace [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.10, with Psalm 24 / Liturgical Press]
  • 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 (Adam Bartlett) p.11 / CMAA]
    6. Say to the nations: be strong [Simple Choral Gradual (Richard Rice) p.9 / CMAA]
    7. Say: Take courage [Choral Communio (Richard Rice) p.6 / Hostia Laudis Co]
    8. Say to the faint of heart [Lumen Christi Missal (Adam Bartlett) p.906 / Illuminare Publications]
    9. Take courage, and do not fear [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    10. Say to the faint of heart [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.6, Mode 7 / OCP]
    11. Say to the faint of heart [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.27-29 / Ignatius Press]
    12. Say to the faint of heart [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.7, with Isaiah 35 / Liturgical Press]
    13. Say to the faint of heart [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #144, with Isaiah 35 / Illuminare Publications]
    14. Lord, you have blessed your land [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.10, with Psalm 85 / Liturgical Press]
  • 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

  • Come, Rejoice in God Our King [tune: Gaudeamus pariter] from Introit Hymns #3 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Hark! A Herald Voice Is Calling (ICEL #4, HPSC #183, CBW #453, CH #176, CHB #4, SMH #336, VII #227)
  • Hark, the Glad Sound! (ICEL #5, CHB #5, CH #177, SMH #337, EH #7)
  • O Be Glad, My Soul, Rejoice [Magnificat] (HPSC #233)
  • 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, LCH #7)
  • So Lately Sprung from Glory (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord (HPSC #311, CD #846, CBW #638, CHB #264, WIII #534)
  • 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.
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

  • Behold! God Is My Salvation (Jean Berger, Leo Sowerby)
  • Confortamini (Orlando di Lasso) [Concordia]
  • Ecce Deus from Canticles II (Ned Rorem) [Boosey & Hawkes]
  • 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
  • Lift Up Your Heads (Rev. Brian Muzas)
  • Magnificat (Jacques Berthier / Taizé Community) see Worship III #553
  • Magnificat (Gregorian chant, tone 6) from ICEL Resource Collection #115
  • Matin Responsory (adapted from Palestrina) from Carols for Choirs II [Oxford]
  • Of the Father's Love Begotten (Andrew Motyka)
  • Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Henry Purcell) [E.C. Shirmer]
  • Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Healey Willan) [Concordia]
  • Rejoice in the Lord Alway (John Redford) [Novello]
  • Say to Them That Are of A Fearful Heart (Everett Titcomb) [Carl Fisher]
  • Song of Isaiah (Richard Proulx) [AMSI]
  • Surely It Is God Who Saves Me (Alec Wyton) [Hinshaw]
  • The Great 'O' Antiphons (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 1
  • The Promise of Advent (J. William Greene)
  • The Spirit of the Lord Is upon Me (Edward Elgar) [Novello]
  • This Is the Record of John (Gibbons / Domet)
  • Veni Jesu (Luigi Cherubini)

Organ Music

  • 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]
  • 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)
  • Making Music to Thy Name, Volume 1 (Gary Penkala) simplified hymn tunes for Advent
  • 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)
  • Prelude on Old 124th (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes for Organ, Set II - Peters]

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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