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The Fourth Sunday of Lent [Lætare ] (B)

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 [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.22, Mode 5 / OCP]
    9. Rejoice, Jerusalem [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 5 versions, pp.187-189 / Ignatius Press]
    10. Rejoice, Jerusalem [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.46, with Psalm 122[121] / Liturgical Press]
    11. Rejoice, Jerusalem [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #196, with Psalm 122 / Illuminare Publications]
    12. In my distress [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.48, with Psalm 118 / Liturgical Press]
    13. Rejoice, Jerusalem! [tune: Truro] from Introit Hymns #18 (Christoph Tietze)
    14. Rejoice, Jerusalem [Mass Propers for Lent (Penkala) p.2, with Psalm 51]
  • 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. Psalm 9: The Lord is a stronghold [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.49 / Liturgical Press]
    9. Chabanel Psalmody
    10. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    11. 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. Psalm 130: Out of the depths [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.50 / Liturgical Press]
    6. Keep the word of God [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.51 / Liturgical Press]
    7. Psalm 130: Out of the depths [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.51 / Liturgical Press]
    8. De profundis (Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Nicolaus Bruhns, Josquin des Prez, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Estêvão Lopes Morago, W.A. Mozart, Jan Pietersoon Sweelinck)
  • Offertory:
    1. (A/B) Laudate Dominum [Graduale Romanum, p.110]
    2. (A/B) 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. (A/B) 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. (A/B) Praise the Lord, for he is good [Lumen Christi Missal, p.920 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.190-192 / Ignatius Press]
    9. (A/B) Praise the Lord, for he is good [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #197, with Psalm 135 / Illuminare Publications]
    10. It is good to give thanks [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.51, with Psalm 92 / Liturgical Press]
    11. Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good[Mass Propers for Lent (Penkala) p.3, with Psalm 91]
  • Communion:
    1. (B) Ierusalem, quæ ædificatur [Graduale Romanum, p.370]
    2. (B) Ierusalem, quæ ædificatur [Gregorian Missal, p.263]
    3. Introibo ad altare Dei [Graduale simplex, p.107]
    4. (B) Jerusalem, quæ ædificatur [Communio, p.126 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. (B) Jerusalem, built as a city [Simple English Propers, p.78 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. (B) To Jerusalem [Simple Choral Gradual, p.62 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
    8. (B) Jerusalem, built as a city [Choral Communio, p.34 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    9. (B) Jerusalem is built as a city [Lumen Christi Missal, p.922 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. (B) The tribes go up to Jerusalem [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    11. (B) Jerusalem is built as a city [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.23 / Mode 7 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    12. (B) Jerusalem is built as a city [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.199-201 / Ignatius Press]
    13. (B) Jerusalem is built as a city [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.49, with Psalm 122 / Liturgical Press]
    14. (B) Jerusalem is built as a city [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #201, with Psalm 122 / Illuminare Publications]
    15. I will go to the altar of God [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.52, with Psalms 43,42 / Liturgical Press]
    16. (B) Jerusalem is built as a city [Mass Propers for Lent (Penkala) p.5, with Psalm 130]
  • 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)
  • God, You Are Clothed in Light (HH #81)
  • He Healed the Darkness of My Mind (WIII #749)
  • I Lift My Eyes to You, O Lord (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Jesus Calls Us Out of Darkness (HH #62)
  • Lord Jesus, Have Pity on Us (CH #240)
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (CH #258, HH #90, WIII #439, CHB #65, SMH #635, LCH #47)
  • O Christ, You Are the Light of Day (HH #87, CBW #723)
  • O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (HPSC #237, EH #325, SMH #657)
  • O Love of God, How Strong and True (HPSC #254, SMH #674, HH #241)
  • Praise to the Holiest in the Height (CBW #651, PMB #131, ICEL #50, HPSC #285, CBW #651, AH #615, CH #514, CHB #260, SMH #719, 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 #770, LCH #48)
  • To the Name That Brings Salvation (CHB #270, HPSC #333, EH #326, SMH #801)
  • What Wondrous Love Is This? (CD #822, WIII #600, HH #95, PMB #157, ICEL #164, CH #530, HH #95, SMH #828, LCH #50)
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 – 4th Edition 2011, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Agnus Dei (Casciolini)
  • Aus der tiefer (Heinrich Hartmann)
  • Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (Johann Sebastian Bach, Christoph Bernhard, Johannes Eccard, Felix Mendelssohn, Michael Praetorius, Johann Hermann Schein, Heinrich Schütz)
  • Ave Regina (Calvert Shenk)
  • Ave verum (Colin Brumby)
  • Behold the Lamb of God from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • By the Waters of Babylon (William Boyce) [Broude]
  • By the Waters of Babylon (T. Tertius Noble) [H.W. Gray]
  • De profundis (Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Nicolaus Bruhns, Josquin des Prez, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Estêvão Lopes Morago, W.A. Mozart, Jan Pieters Sweelinck)
  • Even from the Depth (William Byrd)
  • God So Loved the World from The Crucifixion (John Stainer)
  • God So Loved the World (Melchior Vulpius) [Concordia]
  • Greater Love Hath No Man (John Ireland)
  • I Was Glad (Henry Purcell) [Novello]
  • Judge and Defend My Cause, O Lord (John Smith)
  • Lætatus sum (Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Claudio Monteverdi)
  • Lenten Prayer (Robert Powell) [Choristers Guild]
  • O Crux ave (Rev. David Friel)
  • O Kind Creator (Rogers / Clark)
  • O Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me (Carrie Nixon)
  • O My People (Colin Brumby)
  • O Savior of the World (John Goss)
  • Out from the Deep (Thomas Tallis)
  • Out of the Deep (John Alcock Sr, Henry Aldrich, John Wall Callcott, Thomas Morley)
  • Richte mich, Gott (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Song of Christ's Glory (Alan Smith)
  • Superflumina Babylonis (Orlando di Lasso) [Arista]
  • Superflumina Babylonis (Palestrina) [Chester]
  • 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)
  • Take Up Your Cross (Storm Knien)
  • Wondrous Love (arr. Paul Christiansen) [Augsburg]

Organ Music

Rubrics indicate that the organ remain silent during Lent, except on Lætare 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/Kyrie from Mass for the Parishes (François Couperin)
  • Variations on Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht (Georg Böhm)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

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