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The Third Sunday of Easter (C)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Awake, Arise, Lift up Your Voice (CH #277, SMH #232)
  • Be Joyful, Mary, Heavenly Queen (CBW #497, CH #328, ICEL #109, PMB #77, WIII #450, SMH #241, VII #248)
  • Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands (ICEL #67, HH #103, CH #275, SMH #258)
  • Christian, Do You Hear the Lord? (WIII #594, CH #448, SMH #262)
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (AH #481, CBW #549, CH #525, HPSC #145, ICEL #106, PMB #96, WIII #496, CHB #141, SMH #272, EH #352, VII #214)
  • Daylight Fades (WIII #448, HH #101)
  • Festival Canticle: This Is the Feast (WIII #458, CH #265)
  • 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)
  • Hail, O Once Despised Jesus (HPSC #175, EH #357)
  • 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 #)
  • Jesus, Bread in Mercy Broken (HPSC #200)
  • O Queen of Heaven (WIII #443, PMB #67)
  • One in Joyful Songs of Praise (PMB #72)
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (WIII #530, HPSC #279, ICEL #242, CBW #650, PMB #123, AH #611, CHB #258, CH #513, SMH #495, EH #282, VII #216)
  • That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright (WIII #457, ICEL #76, HH #116, CBW #507, CH #284, SMH #549, EH #98)
  • 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)
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

  • 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)
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (J.S. Bach) This German chorale is based on the melody of the Easter Sequence Victimae paschali laudes
  • Cognoverunt discipuli (William Byrd) [Novello]
  • Concentus gaudii: Cantate Domino (J. William Greene)
  • Easter Psalm (Gary Penkala)
  • Ego sum panis (William Byrd, G.P da Palestrina)
  • Humbly I Adore Thee (J. David Hart)
  • I Will Exalt Thee (Christopher Tye)
  • I Will Magnify Thee, O Lord (Joseph Corfe)
  • If Ye Love Me (Thomas Tallis)
  • Lead Me, Lord (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)
  • My Heart Is Fixed (Leo Sowerby)
  • Now Glad of Heart (Scott)
  • O esca viatorum (Heinrich Isaac)
  • O sacrum convivium (Giovanni Croce, G.P. da Palestrina)
  • O sacrum convivium (Colin Brumby)
  • O sacrum convivium (Eugene Englert)
  • O sacrum convivium (Michael Lawrence)
  • Simon, Son of John (Michael Stark)
  • O Sweet and Sacred Feast (Michael McCabe)
  • Preserve Me, O Lord (Benedetto Marcello) [Concordia] (Paul Manz) [Augsburg]
  • Tantum ergo sacramentum (Christopher Bord)
  • The Master's Rejoicing (Jim Stanley)
  • Two Easter Anthems (Colin Brumby)
  • Vidi aquam (Michael McCarthy)
  • Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain from Messiah (G.F. Handel)

Organ Music

  • Adoro te devote (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-Six Miniatures]
  • Carillonb (Richard Purvis) [An American Organ Mass]
  • Chorale Prelude on Diademata (James Pethel) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Chorale Prelude on Duke Street (Robert J. Powell) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • 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)
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (Robert Crane) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Pentecost Season - Concordia 97-5517]
  • Duke Street (Mark Albrecht) [Organist's Companion, March 2002]
  • Fugue on Neander (Edward Beals) [Organist's Companion, March 1994]
  • He Is Risen, He Is Risen! (Wolfgang Hiltscher) [Parish Organist, Book 8 - Concordia 97-1404]
  • Humbly I Adore Thee (Myron Casner) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Hymn Prelude on Diademata (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Hymn Preludes for Ascension & Pentecost - Flammer]
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Hugo Gehrke) [Parish Organist, Part 10: Funeral Music - Concordia]
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 3 - Concordia 97-5702]
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Richard Wienhorst) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Improvistaion / Elevation from Suite medievale (Jean Langlais)
  • Jesus Shall Reign (Burton Isaac)
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Meditation on Adoro te devote (Jack Goode) [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • Neander (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, October 1983]
  • Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Great Hymns of Faith - Morning Star Music Publ 10-839]
  • Partita on Adoro te devote (Anthony Giamanco) [Organist's Companion, May & September 2000]
  • Partita on Duke Street (Donald Rotermund) [Concordia]
  • Praeludium on Regina cæli from Die Mariansichen Antiphonen (Hermann Schroeder) [Schott]
  • 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
  • Prelude and Chorale on Duke Street (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, April 1980]
  • Prelude on Victimae paschali laudes (John Reese) CNP Catalog #6045
  • Recessional (Charles Talmidge) [J. Fischer]
  • 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]
  • Suite for Worship on Truro and Duke Street" (G.W. Cassler) [Organist's Companion, April 1985]
  • That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright (Theodore Ripper) [Organist's Companion, April 1988]
  • Thee We Adore (Daniel Burton) [Organist's Companion, March 1999]
  • Thee We Adore, O Savior (G. Winston Cassler) [This Is the Victory - Augsburg 11-9497]
  • Thee We Adore, O Savior (Healey Willan) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • This Joyful Eastertide (David Polley) [Organist's Companion, April 1986]
  • This Joyful Eastertide (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, April 1983]
  • Toccata on Duke Street (Gilbert Martin) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Unser Herrscher (G. Winston Cassler) [Organist's Companion, April 1983]
  • Variations on Adoro te devote (Dale Wood) [Music for Organ - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Variations on Duke Street (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, March 1996]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Gospel contains Christ's command to Peter to "Feed my sheep." Bring out the Eucharistic theme through hymns and motets. 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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