SUNDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS: HOLY FAMILY A Lectionary #17

This feast is moved to a weekday this year because of the way the Christmas Season falls in the calendar; it is not a holy day of obligation.

Family life is not merely day-to-day living; even such mundane relationships are part of the divine plan. The way he was formed by his own family life shaped Jesus to become our savior.

Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14. The text offers traditional wisdom about the way children should care for their parents, but it concludes with the promise that behavior toward parents will be judged by God; it shapes our union with God.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (127) 128
This wisdom psalm suggests that fidelity to God will be rewarded in a happy family life. While this does not always seem to come true, it points out the more basic belief that our faith is connected to our daily behavior.

Blessed Are Those Who Fear the Lord (Guimont) GC2 996/LPMG 17
Blessed Are Those Who Fear the Lord (Schiavone) LP 24/JS 894
Blessed Are You Who Fear the Lord (Rendek/Burns) PRM A10/PMB 570
Dichoso el que Teme al Señor (García) FYC 267
Dichoso el que Teme al Señor (Taulé) FYC 266
Happy Are Those (Somerville) CBW 33
How Happy Are You PSL A-194
O Blessed Are Those (Gelineau) CBW 431/LPGG 782
O Blessed Are Those (Inwood) JS 104/MI‑BB 806/GP 273
O Happy Are Those (Gelineau) WOR 782/RS 172

Suggested Common Psalm: Ps (97) 98
All the Ends of the Earth (see suggestions for Christmas Mass during the Day)

Colossians 3:12-21. The final paragraph in this reading, one of the more controversial texts from Paul's letters, may be used today, or it may be omitted. After a set of basic instructions on how to behave as believers and within the community, Paul tells wives to “be subordinate.” This was routine advice in his time. The next piece of advice—“Husbands, love your wives”—was not routine, because wives were only slightly better off than slaves or small children in that society. Paul, in effect, was trying to blindside Christian men into a new way of behavior.

Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23. Matthew is explaining why Jesus, born in Bethlehem and thought to be a descendant of David, wound up living in Nazareth and saying nothing about his royal connections. On a human level, it was the fear of the Herodian dynasty that caused this, but even that fearful decision fulfilled the prophecies.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems


Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy
*Blest Are Those Who Love You (Ps) GC 125/GC2 70/G3 86/CBW 628/PCY2 43/RS 173/WC 471
Bread of Life (Farrell) – Advent/Christmas setting (1,G) BB 319/GP3 482/JS 819/JS3 788/OFUV 814
Child of Gladness (G) CBW 326
Child of the Poor (G) BB 106/JS 366/JS3 331/GP 336/GP3 257/OFUV 405
Christ, You Are the Fullness (2) CBW 431
Come, Sing a Home and Family (G) OIF 906/PMB 220/ WC 997/WS 800
*Coventry Carol (G)
Faith, Hope and Love (2) BB-MI 484/GC 624/GC2 609/G3 702
Faithful Family (2) GP 365/GC 413
For the Beauty of the Earth (2) BB-MI 585/ GC 572/GC2 548/G3 633/GP 704/GP3 705/CBW 531/JS 642/JS3 609/LMGM2 480/RS 697/OFUV 602/OIF 892/PMB 517/SS 829/WC 986/WS 794/WOR 557/WOR4 632
God Is Love (2) BB-MI 480,485/CBW 473/GC 629/GC2 608/G3 699/GP3 655/JS 749/JS3 715,723/RS 744/GP 647/SS 806
God Made from One Blood (1) RS 824
God of Adam, God of Joseph RS 960/GC 893/GC2 870/JS 361/JS3 326
God of Eve and God of Mary RS 959/GC 892/GC2 871/G3 983/JS 360/JS3 325
*How Happy You Who Fear the Lord (Ps) PMB 336/WC 721
Love One Another (2) BB-MI 473/GC 630/GP 645/GP3 665/OIF 741/RS 745/JS 752/JS3 718/OFUV 685
Love Which Never Ends GP 465/JS 573
Once in Royal David's City (G) BB 102/GC 372/GC2 380/G3 455/RS 526/OIF 394/PMB 205/JS 362/JS3 327/LMGM2 270/SS 695/WC 520/WS 443/WOR 402/WOR4 440
Our Father, by Whose Name (1,2,G) RS 961/WOR 570
Sing of Mary (G) BB-MI 698/GP 432/GP3 380/LMGM 100/LMGM2 271/GC 783/GC2 778/G3 457/JS 490/JS3 472/RS 528/OFUV 582/OIF 926/PMB 538/SS 951/WC 1009/WS 817/WOR 404/WOR4 444
The Aye Carol RS 525/GC 371/GC2 381/G3 456
The Greatest Gift (2) OIF 595/PMB 334/WC 718/WS 597
The Snow Lay on the Ground (G) BB 98/JS 354/JS3 319/WC 511/OFUV 399/OIF 401/PMB 221/SS 685/WC 540/WS 427
Ubi Caritas (2) BB-MI 327,477,478,482/ CBW 67, 376/GC 408/GC2 430, 568, 601/G3 500,696,705/ GP3 292,510,664/WC 824, 827/RS 746/JS 753, 754, 805/JS3 374,710,776/LMGM2 295/GP 364/OFUV 684,687,804/OIF 746,748/PMB 428, 430/SS 733,858/WC 849,852/WS 686,687/WOR 604/WOR4 694,702
We Adore  SPS 152
*We Praise You, vss 6‑7 (Ps) BB-MI 549/GP 677/GP3 736/GC 541/GC2 540/G3 608,617/RS 694/JS 626/JS3 577,579/OFUV 585
What Child Is This (G) BB 105/LMGM 29/LMGM2 277/GP 337/GP3 256/CBW 338/GC 380/GC2 387/G3 466/JS 365/JS3 330/OFUV 404/OIF 412/RS 530/PMB 216/SPS 153/SS 700/WC 551/WS 436/WOR 411/WOR4 454
When Love Is Found (2) BB-MI 669/CBW 629/RS 942/GC 865/GC2 856/G3 966/GP3 447/OFUV 320/OIF 596/PMB 337/JS 568/JS3 537/SS 1023/WC 719/WS 594/WOR 745/WOR4 982
Where Charity and Love Prevail (2) BB-MI 482/GC 625/GC2 610/G3 706/JS 756/JS3 720/RS 747/GP 644/GP3 288/OFUV 694/OIF 745,747/PMB 424,429/SS 857/WC 850,858/WS 685,688/WOR4 700
Where There Is Love (2) BB-MI 671/CBW 631/JS 569/JS3 536/GP 464/GP3 446/OFUV 329

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Choral Anthems

Entrance Antiphon: Luke 2: 16

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
All Wisdom Comes from the Lord, Op. 62  (SA, Organ) Joubert, John Novello  (MT 1535) 1
And Jesus Increased in Wisdom  (SAB) Hahn, Harvey E. Concordia  (98-2100) *  
As It Fell Upon a Night (SATB) Davis E C Schirmer 1.1291 G
Blessed are All They That Fear the Lord  (SATB, organ) Sowerby, Leo H.W. Gray  (CMR 1573) PS
Blest Are All Who Fearfully Love the Lord
(SATB, Organ) English/Latin
Blest Are All Who Fearfully Love the Lord 
(SATB, Organ) English/Latin
Purcell, Henry Dartmouth 
Oxford  (A 245)
PS
Canticle of Fellowship  (SATB) Courtney, Craig Beckenhorst  (BP-1349) 2
Every Word and Thought 
(Solo SATB Quartet, SATB, 2 Violins, Viola & Continuo) German/English
Buxtehude, Dietrich Concordia  (97-6279) * 2
Gentle Psalm, A  (SATB) Clark, Keith Presser  (312-40932) PS
Happy Are You  (SATB, Baritone) Marshall, Jane Augsburg  (11-0686) * PS
How Blest Are They  (Unison, Flute, Keyboard) Proulx, Richard Augsburg  (11-0654) PS
In Dulci Jubilo (SATB/SATB) Praetorius/Tortolano GIA G-2243 G
Let the Word of Christ (Unison) Gieseke, Richard W. Concordia  (98-2903) 2
Love Is All Our Joy (Unison/2 pt) Archer St James Press 2
May the Word of Christ  (2-part, keyboard, C-instrument) Schultz Concordia  (98-3001) * 2
My Son, Wherefore Hast Thou Done This to Me?
(SAB soloists, SATB, 2 Violins, 2 Violas & Continuo) German/English
Schütz, Heinrich Concordia  (97-9347 *  
Of the Fathers Love Begotten (SAB)
Of the Fathers Love Begotten (SATB)
Isele
Young
EC Schirmer / Morning Star Music 7071
Colla Voce 55-54122
G
Pastores Loque Bantur  (SSATBB)  Latin/English Victoria, Tomas Luis/Payson, Arnold Franck  (F 538) E
Psalm 128  (Soprano, SATB, Keyboard) Berger, Jean Broude Brothers  (BB-3054) PS
Psalm 128  (SATB, Piano or Organ) Wetzler, Robert Augsburg  (11-0646) * PS
Put On Therefore, As God's Elect  (SATB, Organ) Barnes, Edward S. H. W. Gray  (1337) 2
See What Love Hath the Father (SATB) Mendelssohn Augsburg 2
Singing with Grace in Your Heart  (Alto, SATB, Piano/Organ) Mueller, Carl F. Carl Fischer  (6710) 2
Son, Why Have You Treated Us So?  (2-part treble, keyboard) Bender, Jan Concordia  (98-1963) *  
Virgin Born We Bow Before You (SATB) Chepponis GIA G
You Are the People of God  (Unision) Becker, John Concordia  (98-2603) * 2
Wedding Anthem  (SATB) Oliver Novello  (#29-0478-00) PS
Word Was Made Flesh, The (SAB) Ferko EC Schirmer / Morning Star Music 7070 G

* out of print

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