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The Sixth Sunday of Easter (C)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Vocem iucunditatis annuntiate [Graduale Romanum, p.229]
    2. Vocem iucunditatis annuntiate [Gregorian Missal, p.374]
    3. Cantate Domino canticum novum [Graduale simplex, p.172]
    4. Cantate Domino (Giovanni Francesco Anerio. Dietrich Buxtehude, Giovanni Croce, Johann Crüger, Daniel Friderici, Robert Führer, Adam Gumpelzhaimer, Hans Leo Hassler, David Millard, Claudio Monteverdi, Giuseppe Pitoni, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck)
    5. Spread the news with a voice of joy [Simple English Propers, p.127 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. Speak out with a voice of joy [Simple Choral Gradual, p.108 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Proclaim a joyful sound [Lumen Christi Missal, p.931 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Come, Spread the News with Shouts of Joy [tune: Lasst uns erfreuen] from Introit Hymns #27 (Christoph Tietze)
    9. Sing to the Lord a new-made song (Charles William Hempel)
    10. Mass Propers for Eastertide (Gary Penkala)
  • Alleluia I (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. (C) Alleluia. Surrexit Christus [Graduale Romanum, p.230]
        - or - 
      (C) Alleluia. Exivi a Patre [Graduale Romanum, p.230]
    2. (C) Alleluia. Surrexit Christus [Gregorian Missal, p.375]
        - or - 
      (C) Alleluia. Exivi a Patre [Gregorian Missal, p.376]
    3. Confitemini Domino [Graduale simplex, p.173]
    4. Alleluia, Confitemini Domino (Giovanni Paolo Cima, Alessandro Costantini, Jean Mouton, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Ascanio Trombetti)
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia II (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. (C) Alleluia. Spiritus Sanctus docebit [Graduale Romanum, p.226]
    2. (C) Alleluia. Spiritus Sanctus docebit [Gregorian Missal, p.370]
    3. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Confitemini Domino [Graduale simplex, p.174]
  • Offertory:
    1. Benedicite gentes Dominum [Graduale Romanum, p.231]
    2. Benedicite gentes Dominum [Gregorian Missal, p.378]
    3. Iubilate Deo in voce [Graduale simplex, p.175]
    4. O nations, bless the Lord our God [Simple English Propers, p.128 (Adam Bartlett)]
    5. O peoples, bless our God [Simple Choral Gradual, p.109 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. O peoples, bless the Lord our God [Lumen Christi Missal, p.932 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. Mass Propers for Eastertide (Gary Penkala)
  • Communion:
    1. (C) Spiritus Sanctus docebit [Graduale Romanum, p.232]
    2. (C) Spiritus Sanctus docebit [Gregorian Missal, p.380]
    3. Cantate Domino, et benedicite [Graduale simplex, p.176]
    4. (C) Spiritus Sanctus docebit [Communio, p.252]
    5. (C) The Holy Spirit will teach you [Simple English Propers, p.132 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. (C) The Holy Spirit will teach you [Choral Communio, p.72 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. If you love me, keep my commandments [Simple Choral Gradual, p.110 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. I will not leave you orphans [Lumen Christi Missal, p.932 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. If you love me, keep my commandments [Lumen Christi Missal, p.932 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. 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


  • All Ye Peoples, Bless the Lord (HPSC #109)
  • Be Joyful, Mary, Heavenly Queen (CBW #497, CH #328, ICEL #109, PMB #77, WIII #450, SMH #241, VII #248)
  • Christ the Lord Is Risen Again (ICEL #69, CBW #498, CH #286, CHB #75, SMH #261)
  • Father, Lord of Earth and Heaven (HPSC #154, CBW #534)
  • God of Mercy, God of Grace (HPSC #169, CH #636, VII #212)
  • Now the Green Blade Rises (WIII #453, PMB #66, HH #114, CBW #502, CH #291, CHB #81, SMH #429)
  • O Praise Ye the Lord (HPSC #259, CBW #649, WIII #539, ICEL #238, CD #906, CHB #253)
  • O Queen of Heaven (WIII #443, PMB #67)
  • One in Joyful Songs of Praise (PMB #72)
  • This Is the Lord's Day (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • We Give Immortal Praise (HPSC #345)
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

  • Awake, My Heart, with Gladness (Johannes Crüger) GIA Publications
  • Beloved, Let Us Love One Another (Jean Langlais) [Hinshaw]
  • Beloved, Let Us Love One Another (Mark Siebert)
  • Complete Thy Work, O Lord (Calvert Shenk)
  • Concentus gaudii: Cantate Domino (J. William Greene)
  • Deus misereatur nostri (Heinrich Schütz)
  • Easter Psalm (Gary Penkala)
  • From All That Dwell (Colin Brumby)
  • Glorify the Lord (J.P. Sweelinck) [Summy]
  • God Be Gracious to Us (Benjamin Rogers)
  • God, Be Merciful (Paul Tchesnokoff)
  • Greater Love Hath No Man (Ireland)
  • I Give You a New Commandment (Harold Owen)
  • I Will Not Leave You Comfortless (William Byrd, Everett Titcomb)
  • If Ye Love Me; (Thomas Tallis, Healey Willan)
  • Jubilate (Egil Hovland) [Augsburg]
  • Let the People Praise Thee, O God (Andreas Hammerschmidt)
  • My Peace I Give (Antonio Lotti)
  • O Be Joyful (Healey Willan, Benjamin Rogers)
  • O Sing Joyfully (Adrian Batten)
  • O Sing unto the Lord a New Song (Healey Willan) [Peters]
  • Praise God, Ye Lands (Heinrich Schütz) [Concordia]
  • Psalm 98 (Louis Bouregois) [Carl Fischer]
  • Psalm 98 (Jacob Gallus) [Galaxy]
  • Regina coeli laetare (Gregor Aichinger / Angelini)
  • Regina coeli (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.278] — or — [CNP Booklet of Chant, Volume 2]
  • Regina coeli (Antonio Lotti)
  • See, the Conquering Hero Comes (G.F. Handel)
  • Sing a New Song (Johann Pachelbel) [Hinshaw]
  • Sing to Our God (arr. Eugene Butler)
  • The Master's Rejoicing (James Stanley)
  • Thy Perfect Love (John Rutter)
  • Two Easter Anthems (Colin Brumby)
  • Vocem jucunditatis (Gregorian chant) Proper Introit for 6 Easter [Liber usualis p.830]

Organ Music

  • Auf, auf, mein Herz, mit Freuden (F.W. Marpurg) [Twenty-One Chorale Preludes - Augsburg]
  • Awake, My Heart, with Gladness (Wilbur Held) from Six Preludes on Easter Hymns [Concordia 97-5330]
  • Awake, My Heart, with Gladness (Camil van Hulse) [Seven Preludes on Hymns for Easter - Concordia 97-1390]
  • Awake, My Heart, with Gladness (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for the Easter Season, Set I - Morning Star Music Publ 10-402]
  • Awake, My Heart, with Gladness (Rudolph Moser) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Christ ist erstanden (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Christ ist erstanden (J.K.F. Fischer)
  • Christ the Lord Is Risen Today [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Concerto for Organ and Strings (Michael J. Stark)
  • Concordi lætitia (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-six Miniatures]
  • Heut' trimuphiret Gottes Sohn (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein]
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals(Calvert Shenk)
  • Partita on Saint Magnus (Dennis R. Johnson) [Organist's Companion, March 1993]
  • Praeludium on Regina cæli from Die Mariansichen Antiphonen (Hermann Schroeder) [Schott]
  • Prelude and Fugue in D Major (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude on Awake, My Heart, with Gladness (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Easter Season [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-402]
  • Regina cæli (Hermann Schroeder) from Die Marianischen Antiphonen [Edition Schott #4538]
  • The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns (Wayne Barlow) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The month of May is an opportunity to explore the Marian influence on music and liturgy. Many great pieces exist which recognize Mary within the context of the Easter season. Paramount among these is the Latin text Regina coeli laetare (Queen of heaven, rejoice). Use this in its various forms: chant, choral, organ, hymn (note modern translation, "Be Joyful, Mary").

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