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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (C)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Dilexisti [Graduale Romanum, p.498]
    2. Dilexisti [Gregorian Missal, p.221]
    3. Dilexisti (Francisco Valls)
    4. Spiritus Domini [Graduale simplex, p.395]
    5. Spiritus Domini (William Byrd, Nicolle des Celliers de Hesdin, André Vierendeels)
    6. Mass Propers for Christmastide (Gary Penkala)
    7. You have loved justice [Simple English Propers, p.51 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    8. When the Lord had been baptized [Simple Choral Gradual, p.38 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. God, your God, has anointed you [Lumen Christi Missal, p.914 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. This is my beloved Son [Lumen Christi Missal, p.915 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. After the Lord was baptized [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.15, Mode 8 / OCP]
    12. After the Lord was baptized [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.123-125 / Ignatius Press]
    13. This is my beloved Son [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.32, with Psalm 45[44] / Liturgical Press]
    14. God, your God, has anointed you [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #175, with Psalm 45 / Illuminare Publications]
    15. This is my beloved Son [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #176, with Psalm 29 / Illuminare Publications]
    16. With the spirit of the Lord [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.297, with Psalm 19 (p.27) / Liturgical Press]
    17. All Justice You Have Loved and Taught [tune: Coronation] from Introit Hymns #13 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Benedictus Dominus Deus [Graduale Romanum, p.257]
    2. Benedictus Dominus Deus [Gregorian Missal, p.223]
    3. Benedictus Dominus Deus (Robert Parsons)
    4. Omnes gentes servient ei [Graduale simplex, p.77]
    5. Dilexisti [Graduale Romanum, p.499]
    6. Dilexisti [Gregorian Missal, p.224]
    7. Dilexisti (Francisco Valls)
    8. All the nations will come [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.23, with Psalm 72 / Liturgical Press]
    9. Chabanel Psalmody
    10. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Benedictus qui venit [Graduale Romanum, p.59]
    2. Benedictus qui venit [Gregorian Missal, p.224]
    3. Benedictus qui venit (Alonso Lobo, Francisco Valls)
    4. Invenit David servum meum [Graduale Romanum, p.446]
    5. Invenit David servum meum [Gregorian Missal, p.225]
    6. Afferte Domino [Graduale simplex, p.78]
    7. Alleluia, Ascribe to the Lord [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.24, with Psalm 29 / Liturgical Press]
  • Offertory:
    1. Benedictus qui venit [Graduale Romanum, p.60]
    2. Benedictus qui venit [Gregorian Missal, p.226] 
    3. Benedictus qui venit (Alonso Lobo, Francisco Valls)
    4. Ecce dedi te [Graduale simplex, p.254]
    5. Mass Propers for Christmastide (Gary Penkala)
    6. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.52 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    7. The Lord God is our light [Simple Choral Gradual, p.39 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.915 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.126-128 / Ignatius Press]
    10. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #177, with Psalm 118 / Illuminare Publications]
    11. Christ is the light of the nations [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.189, with Psalm 47 / Liturgical Press]
  • Communion:
    1. Omnes qui in Christo [Graduale Romanum, p.61]
    2. Omnes qui in Christo [Gregorian Missal, p.227]
    3. Omnes qui in Christo [Communio, p.171 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Dilexisti iustitiam [Graduale simplex, p.128]
    5. Dilexisti (Francisco Valls)
    6. Mass Propers for Christmastide (Gary Penkala)
    7. As for all of you who have been baptized [Simple English Propers, p.53 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    8. As for all of you who have been baptized [Choral Communio, p.24 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    9. This is he of whom John said [Simple Choral Gradual, p.40 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    10. All of you who have been baptized [Lumen Christi Missal, p.915 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. All of you who have been baptized [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    12. Behold the One of whom John said [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.15, Mode 2 / OCP]
    13. Behold the One of whom John said [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 5 versions, pp.129-131 / Ignatius Press]
    14. All of you who have been baptized [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 2 versions, pp.129-131 / Ignatius Press]
    15. Behold the One of whom John said [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.33, with Psalm 29[28] / Liturgical Press]
    16. All of you who have been baptized [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #178, with Psalm 29 / Illuminare Publications]
    17. Justice you love [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.71, with Psalm 45 / Liturgical Press]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Masses VIII (De angelis) & XI (Orbis factor)
    2. Latin Gregorian Chant Masses XI (Orbis factor) & VIII (De angelis)
    3. Latin Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk)
    4. Latin Mass of Saint Jerome (Christopher Bord)
    5. Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians (Richard Connolly)
    6. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    7. Mass of the Angels (Richard J. Clark)
    8. Mass of the Redemption (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)
    9. Modal Mass (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • All Justice You Have Loved and Taught [tune: Coronation] from Introit Hymns #13 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Comfort, Comfort, O My People (WIII #370, HPSC #144, LCH #13)
  • Comfort My People (CH #171)
  • Father, Lord of Earth and Heaven (HPSC #154, CBW #534)
  • I Bind unto Myself Today (HPSC #189, AH #463, CH #305, CHB #97, ICEL #95, EH #268)
  • I Clasp unto My Heart This Day (HPSC #189, ICEL #95, CH #305, AH #463)
  • Joy to the World (AH #320, CBW #454, CH #208, HPSC #205, ICEL #22, PMB #24, WIII #399, SMH #387, EH #319, VII #232, LCH #21)
  • Light of All the Nations, Shine! (CH #185)
  • O Savior of Our Fallen Race (HH #38)
  • O Seas and Rivers, Bless the Lord (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (HH #57, ICEL #36, WIII #410, AH #351, CH #231, HPSC #300, CBW #479, CHB #47, SMH #534, EH #53, VII #237, LCH #34)
  • The Lord Is King! (CH #517, HPSC #326, CBW #647)
  • The Sinless One to Jordan Came (CD #818)
  • When Jesus Comes to Be Baptized (CBW #480)
  • When John Baptized by Jordan's River (HH #61, WIII #412)
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

Organ Music

  • Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light (F.W. Marpurg) [Twenty-one Chorale Preludes - Augsburg]
  • Christum wir sollen loben schon (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein]
  • Fanfare, Prelude and Chorale on Joy to the World (Ronald Besemer) [Organist's Companion, December 1984]
  • Fantasy on Antioch (Emma Lou Diemer) [AGO 90th Anniversary Anthology of American Organ Music - Oxford]
  • Five Variations on Antioch (John Hebden Schaffner) [Organist's Companion, November 1998]
  • Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam (J.S. Bach)
  • Exurgat Deus (Peter Hurford)
  • Gloria / Finale (Marcel Dupré) from Fifteen Pieces
  • Joy to the World (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, December 1985]
  • Joy to the World (Hugo Gehrke) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Joy to the World (Wilbur Held) [A Nativity Suite - Concordia 97-4461]
  • Joy to the World: In the Style of Vivaldi (James Konkel) [Organist's Companion, November 1990]
  • Let All Together Praise Our God (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set 3 [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-102]
  • Lobt Gott, ihr Chrsiten, allzugleich (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Postlude on Antioch (Gordon Young) [Ten Christmas Organ Voluntaries - Presser]
  • Songs of Thanksfulness and Praise from Three Preludes for the Christmas Cycle (Robert Farrell)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Yes, this is a Sunday during the Christmas season, and carols should be sung. Be careful to avoid those which speak of the infant Christ (the Gospel has him grown and preaching already). Christmas decorations and flowers should still be a part of the atmosphere. These should all be removed immediately after the last liturgy today (or as close as humanly possible). Nothing hinders the delineation of a season more than "fuzzy" boundaries.

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