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The Sixth Sunday of Easter (B)

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. Come, Spread the News with Shouts of Joy [tune: Lasst uns erfreuen] from Introit Hymns #27 (Christoph Tietze)
    8. Sing to the Lord a new-made song (Charles William Hempel)
    9. Proclaim a joyful sound [Lumen Christi Missal, p.931 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. Proclaim a joyful sound [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.37 / Mode 3 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    11. Mass Propers for Eastertide (Gary Penkala)
  • Alleluia I (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Alleluia. Exivi a Patre [Graduale Romanum, p.230]
    2. Alleluia. Exivi a Patre [Gregorian Missal, p.370]
    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. Alleluia. Christus resurgens [Graduale Romanum, p.226]
    2. Alleluia. Christus resurgens [Gregorian Missal, p.370]
    3. Christus resurgens (William Byrd, Orlando di Lasso, Peter Philips, Jean Richafort)
    4. 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. Ego vos elegi de mundo [Graduale Romanum, p.436]
    2. Ego vos elegi de mundo [Gregorian Missal, p.380]
    3. Cantate Domino, et benedicite [Graduale simplex, p.176]
    4. Ego vos elegi de mundo [Communio, p.90]
    5. (B) I have chosen you from the world [Choral Communio, p.70 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    6. (B) I have chosen you from the world [Simple English Propers, p.131 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. If you love me, keep my commandments [Simple Choral Gradual, p.110 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. (B) I have chosen you from the world [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    9. I will not leave you orphans [Lumen Christi Missal, p.932 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. If you love me, keep my commandments [Lumen Christi Missal, p.932 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. If you love me, keep my commandments [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.38 / Mode 1 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    12. 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, LCH #65)
  • Christ the Lord Is Risen Again (ICEL #69, CBW #498, CH #286, CHB #75, SMH #261)
  • 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.
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

  • Beloved, Let Us Love One Another (Jean Langlais) [Hinshaw]
  • Beloved, Let Us Love One Another (Mark Siebert)
  • Benedicite gentes (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
  • Easter Psalm (Gary Penkala)
  • Glorify the Lord (J.P. Sweelinck) [Summy]
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice and Sing (arr. Donna Robertson)
  • Greater Love Hath No Man (Ireland)
  • I Will Not Leave You Comfortless (William Byrd, Everett Titcomb)
  • If Ye Love Me; (Thomas Tallis, Healey Willan)
  • Jubilate (Egil Hovland) [Augsburg]
  • 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 lætare (Gregor Aichinger / Angelini)
  • Regina coeli lætare (Adam Taylor)
  • 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)
  • 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

  • Awake, My Heart, with Gladness (Wilbur Held) from Six Preludes on Easter Hymns [Concordia 97-5330]
  • Christ ist erstanden (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Christ ist erstanden (J.K.F. Fischer)
  • 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]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Gospel readings for this and the preceeding and following Sundays come from Christ's "Farewell Discourse" in Saint John's Gospel. These offer a masterpiece for meditative reflection. Music for the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Sundays of Easter can reflect this mystic, contemplative atmosphere – chant, Latin, polyphony; all these are great vehicles for conveying transcendence.

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