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The Fourth Sunday of Easter (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • At the Lamb's High Feast (WIII #459, ICEL #65, HH #102, CBW #563, AH #411, CH #268, CHB #73, SMH #224, EH #89, VII #353, LCH #66)
  • Give Thanks to God for He Is Good (HPSC #162)
  • God of Gods, We Sound His Praises (HPSC #166)
  • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (WIII #606, ICEL #163, CH #458, SMH #420, LCH #108)
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (WIII #609, ICEL #165, HPSC #324, AH #580, CH #460, CHB #265, SMH #563/4, EH #345, VII #269, LCH #109)
  • The Living God My Shepherd Is (WIII #612, CD #831, CBW #690)
  • The Lord's My Shepherd (CD #832, CH #479, CBW #689, CHB #266)
  • This Is the Lord's Day (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • This Is the Feast of Victory (WIII #458, CH #265, SMH #577)
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.
LCH = Lumen Christi Hymnal, Illuminare Publications
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

  • All We Like Sheep from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Alleluia from Preiset dem Herrn (J.S. Bach)
  • And By His Stripes from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Aperite mihi portas justitiae (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Concordia]
  • Behold What Manner of Love (Leo Sowerby) [H.W. Gray]
  • Confitebor from Vesperae Solennes de Confessore KV339 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  • Easter Psalm (Gary Penkala)
  • Ego sum pastor bonus (Thomas Kuras)
  • He Shall Feed His Flock from Messiah (Handel / Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • How Blessed They (Johannes Herbst) [Carl Fischer]
  • I Am the Good Shepherd (Eugene Englert) [GIA Publications]
  • Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep (arr. Ludwig Lenel) [Concordia]
  • Misericordia Domini (Giuseppe Pitoni)
  • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (arr. Virgil Thomson)
  • No Other Way Is Given to Men (Johannes Herbst) [Boosey & Hawkes]
  • O God, Thou Art My God (Henry Purcell)
  • Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us (Claude Means)
  • See What Love from Saint Paul (Felix Mendelssohn) [Augsburg]
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (J.S. Bach)
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd from Glorious (Abraham Kaplan)
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd (Maurice Green) [Oxford]
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd (César Franck)
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd (Puccini/DeCesare)
  • This Is the Day (Gallus)
  • Twenty-third Psalm (Franz Schubert)
  • Two Easter Anthems (Colin Brumby)
  • Vidi aquam (Michael McCarthy)

Organ Music

  • A Meditation on Brother James' Air (Harold Darke)
  • Erstanden ist der Heilige Christ (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year, Opus 67 [Carl Fischer Co.]
  • Prelude on At the Lamb's High Feast (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Easter Season [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-402]
  • Prelude on Brother James' Air (Searle Wright)
  • Prelude on God of Grace (Paul Manz) from Five Hymn Improvisations for Wedding and General Use [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-850]
  • Prelude on Saint Columba (Peter P. Stearns)
  • Prelude on Saint Columba (Healey Willan) from Ten Hymn Preludes for Organ, Set I [Peters Edition #6011]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

This is "Good Shepherd Sunday." Look through your settings of Psalm 23 and Psalm 100 (vocal, choral and organ). Use several of these... and how long has it been since you've presented the standards: "He Shall Feed His Flock" (G.F. Handel) and "Sheep May Safely Graze" (J.S. Bach). This is also a World Day of Prayer for Vocations. For those responsible for diocesan ordination liturgies, we offer the following suggestions:

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