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The Fourth Sunday of Lent [Laetare] (C)

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)
  • 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. Laudate Dominum [Graduale Romanum, p.110]
    2. 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. 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. Enlighten my eyes [Simple English Propers, p.77 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    8. (C) Give light to my eyes [Lumen Christi Missal, p.921 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Communion:
    1. (C) Oportet te fili gaudere [Graduale Romanum, p.95]
    2. (C) Oportet te fili gaudere [Gregorian Missal, p.264]
    3. Introibo ad altare Dei [Graduale simplex, p.107]
    4. (C) Oportet te fili gaudere [Communio, p.173 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. Jerusalem, built as a city [Simple English Propers, p.78 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. My son, you should rejoice [Choral Communio, p.38 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. 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. (C) You must rejoice, my son [Lumen Christi Missal, p.921 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. To Jerusalem [Simple Choral Gradual, p.62 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    11. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • 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)
    4. Wondrous Love: A Mass for Lent (J. William Greene)

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • Christ Is the World's Light (CBW #543, HPSC #130, WIII #543, CD #897, EH #258)
  • Come unto Me, Ye Weary (HPSC #142)
  • God, You Are Clothed in Light (HH #81)
  • I Lift My Eyes to You, O Lord (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Lord Jesus, As We Turn from Sin (HPSC #213, HH #63, CH #241, SMH #404)
  • Lord Jesus, Have Pity on Us (CH #240)
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (CH #258, HH #90, WIII #439, CHB #65, SMH #421)
  • O Christ, You Are the Light of Day (HH #87, CBW #723)
  • O Taste and See (HPSC #265, PMB #193)
  • Our Father, We Have Wandered (WIII #755, HPSC #274, ICEL #255, CH #401)
  • Praise to the Holiest in the Height (CBW #651, PMB #131, ICEL #50, HPSC #285, CBW #651, AH #615, CH #514, CHB #260, SMH #496, EH #343, VII #287)
  • Take Up Your Cross (WIII #634, ICEL #51, HPSC #309, CD #927, PMB #44, HH #68, CBW #485, CH #651, SMH #544)
  • Tell His Praise in Song and Story (HPSC #310)
  • What Wondrous Love Is This? (CD #822, WIII #600, HH #95, PMB #157, ICEL #164, CH #530, HH #95, SMH #607)
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

  • Be in My Seeing (Wayne L. Wold) [Selah Publishing Co]
  • Behold the Lamb of God from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • 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)
  • Gustate et videte (Heinrich Isaac)
  • Humbly I Adore Thee (J. David Hart) CNP Catalog #5019
  • Lætare Jerusalem (Gregorian chant) Proper Introit for Lent IV [Liber usualis, p.559]
  • O God, Thou Faithful God" (Johannes Brahms)
  • O Savior of the World (John Goss)
  • O Taste and See (R. Evan Copley) [Augsburg]
  • O Taste and See (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Oxford]
  • 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)
  • 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.

  • 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)
  • Kyrie/Christe/Kyriefrom Mass for the Parishes (François Couperin)
  • Meditation on Adoro te devote (Alfred Fedak) [Selah Publishing Co]
  • Variations on Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht (Georg Böhm)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

This is Laetare Sunday, a title derived from the opening text of the Latin proper Introit: "Laetare, 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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