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The Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist [At the Mass during the Day]

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Around the Throne a Glorious Band (CH #335, HH #301, ICEL #178, WIII #719, EH #120)
  • Around the Throne a Glorious Band (Brian Michael Page)
  • Blessed Be the God of Israel (CBW #77)
  • By All Your Saints Still Striving (WIII #706, HH #284, SMH #247)
  • Canticle of Zachary/Zechariah (WIII #6, CBW #77, CH #421, PMB #223, PMB #754, CH #421, SMH #254)
  • Christ Is the King (WIII #500, CH #540, HH #286, CBW #546, EH #543)
  • Hail, Redeemer, King Most Blest! (CH #337)
  • Hark! A Herald Voice Is Calling (ICEL #4, HPSC #183, CBW #453, CH #176, CHB #4, SMH #336, VII #227)
  • Herald of the Joyful Tidings from Hymns for the Liturgical Year (Kathleen Pluth)
  • O Christ, the World's Salvation (Dennis DiPaolo)
  • O Prophet John, O Man of God (HH #264)
  • 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)
  • The Great Forerunner of the Morn (WIII #697, ICEL #209, HH #263, HPSC #323)
  • When Jesus Comes to Be Baptized (CBW #480)
  • When John Baptized by Jordan's River (HH #61, WIII #412)
  • Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim (CD #911, CH #519, HPSC #357)
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (HPSC #359, WIII #707, AH #416, HH #275, PMB #71, CH #578, CHB #275, SMH #617, EH #599)
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

  • Agnus Dei (Palestrina, Victoria, Lotti, Hassler, Mozart, Haydn, Bruckner, Kodaly)
  • Beatus vir / Psalm 112 (Moritz Brosig, Claudio Monteverdi, W.A. Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi)
  • Benedictus (George Whitefield Chadwick, Josquin des Prez, Edward Elgar, Padre Martini, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Franz Schubert, Charles Villiers Stanford, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • Blessed Be the Lord (Eugene Englert)
  • Christ the Glory (Lallouette) [GIA Publications]
  • Complete Thy Work, O Lord (Calvert Shenk)
  • Domine Deus, Agnus Dei from Gloria in D (Antonio Vivaldi)
  • Herr, auf dich traue ich (Heinrich Schütz)
  • His Name Is John (Peter Naylor) [Novello]
  • Jesu dulcis memoria (Juan Francés de Iribarren, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Carlo Rossini, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)
  • Jesus, Sun of Life, My Splendor (G.F. Handel)
  • In Thee, O Lord, Do I Put My Trust (Camil van Hulse) [H.W. Gray]
  • Lamb of God (Johannes Somary / Adrian Batten)
  • Lord of Life and King of Glory (Grancini) [GIA Publications]
  • Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me Out and Known Me (Healey Willan) [Flammer]
  • O Lord, Thou Hast Me Tried and Known (Joseph Key)
  • O Splendor of God's Glory Bright (John Reese)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Calvert Shenk)
  • The Glory of the Father (Egil Hovland) [Walton Music]
  • This Is the Record of John (Gibbons/Domet)
  • Ut queant laxis / proper hymn for Vespers (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.1504]

Organ Music

  • All Glory Be to God on High (J.S. Bach) [Parish Organist, Book 8 - Concordia 97-1404]
  • All Glory Be to God on High (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 1 - Concordia 97-5019]
  • All Glory Be to God on High (Johann Pachelbel) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Allegro maestoso (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Allegro vivo e maestoso (Dom Paul Benoit) from Esquisses liturgiques [J. Fischer & Bros.]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (David Polley) [Organist's Companion, May 1989]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.C.H. Rinck) [Organist's Companion, July 1992]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (G.P. Telemann) [Organist's Companion, July 1995]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (A.N. Vetter) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.G. Walther) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, October 1984]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (F.W. Zachau) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Organist's Companion, June 1984]
  • Alleluya (William Faulkes) [A Victorian Organ Album - Oxford]
  • Chorale Fantasie on Lasst uns erfreuen" (Flor Peeters) [Novello
  • Chorale Prelude (Healey Willan)
  • Chorale Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen (R. Evan Copley) [H.W. Gray]
  • Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VI - Peters 245]
  • Fanfare (Jean Mouret)
  • Fantasia and Fugue in g minor (J.S. Bach)
  • Fantasia super Valet will ich der geben (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
  • Fantasy on the tune Azmon (James Pethel) [Consoliere VII-3 - World Library Publ]
  • Foundation: Harmonization and Variations (Robin Rokey) [Organist's Companion, May 2001]
  • How Firm a Foundation (George Lachenauer) [Organist's Companion, May 1995]
  • Jesu dulcis memoria (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-six Miniatures]
  • Lasst uns erfreuen (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, May 2001]
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • O for A Thousand Tongues (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Hymns of Praise - Morning Star Music Publ 10-750]
  • Partita on Gelobt sei Gott (Theodore Ripper) [Organist's Companion, April 1987]
  • Postlude on Lasst uns erfreuen (Gordon Young) [Collage for Organ - Flammer HF-5011]
  • Prelude on Azmon (Robert Hobby) [Three Hymns of Praise, Set 6 - Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Prelude on Lasst uns erfreuen; (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, June 1980]
  • Psalm XIX (Benedetto Marcello)
  • Toccata on Gelobet sei Gott (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, April 1986]
  • Toccata on Ut queant laxis from Four Preludes on Chant Hymns (Mark Siebert)
  • Valet will ich der geben (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Valet will ich der geben (G.F. Kaufmann) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Valet will ich der geben (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Variations on Lasst uns erfreuen (Thomas Bohlert) [Organist's Companion, June 1988]
  • Vigiles et sancti (Mahlon Balderston) [Organist's Companion, March 1997]
  • Ye Sons and Daughters of the King (Camil van Hulse) [Seven Preludes on Hymns for Easter - Concordia 97-1390]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 1 - Concordia 97-5019]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (David Schack) [Nine Chorale Preludes - Concordia 97-5045]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist is an ideal time to use any settings of the Canticle of Zechariah (Benedictus) that are in your repertoire. Some particularly elegant ones make use of Anglican chant tones. This may also be a perfect time to pull out "Comfort Ye, My People" and "Every Valley" from Handel's Messiah for tenor (or possibly soprano) soloist.

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