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

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • 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)
  • By All Your Saints Still Striving (WIII #706, HH #284, SMH #247)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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]
  • 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) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • All Glory Be to God on High (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for Pentecost & Trinity Sunday - Morning Star Music Publ 10-500]
  • 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 (Andreas Armsdorf) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.C. Bach) [Organist's Companion, June 1980]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VI - Peters 245] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (Georg Böhm) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.P. Kirnberger) [Organist's Companion, October 1982]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (F.W. Marpurg) [Twenty-one Chorale Preludes - Augsburg] [Organist's Companion, July 1998]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (Johann Pachelbel) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • 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 (Edward Broughton) [Organist, September 1981]
  • 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 (Burton Isaac)
  • 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)
  • Saint Theodulph (Robin Rokey) [Organist's Companion, March 2001]
  • 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)
  • 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 (Jan Bender) [Parish Organist, Book 8 - Concordia 97-1404]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (John Diercks) [Six Sacred Compositions for Organ - Abingdon APM-255]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Autumn Festivals - Concordia 97-5360]

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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