SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER A/DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY Lectionary #43

To what extent does faith depend on personal experience? Are we like those described in the second reading, who “without seeing believe in him,” or do we require some sort of physical testimony, as Thomas does in the Gospel?

Though this Sunday bears the additional title “Divine Mercy,” the devotion to the Divine Mercy should not be incorporated into Mass, nor should the readings and other texts for the Octave/Second Sunday of Easter be replaced, nor should the image of the Divine Mercy be displayed in the sanctuary during Mass. Because the devotion is not required of the faithful, no one should be forced to take part in it who may not want to. The service might take place, however, at a time apart from the regular Mass schedule.

This day in 2011 is also Yom HaShoah—the commemoration of the Holocaust. See the next set of suggestions for ideas about observing this remembrance.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems


Music Suggestions

Acts 2:42-47. An idealized vision of what life was like in the early communities. The text highlights the four aspects of Christian life: formation, communal life, the “breaking of the bread” (Eucharist and other community meals), and prayer.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (117) 118
The great psalm of our Easter celebration, Psalm 118 is also one of the common psalms that may be used throughout the Easter Season, as noted below.

Dad Gracias al Señor (Taulé)  FYC 259
Give Thanks to the Lord   PSL A-70/SS
Give Thanks to the Lord (Alstott)   JS 96/BB
Give Thanks to the Lord (Boschetti/Fowler)  CBW 91
Give Thanks to the Lord (Guimont)   GC2 988/LPMG 43
Give Thanks to the Lord (Hopson)   PRM A49/PMB 618/WS
Give Thanks to the Lord (Schiavone)   JS 923/LP 66
Give Thanks to the Lord (Smith)  GP 264/MI‑BB
Give Thanks to the Lord (Waddell/Gelineau)  WOR 838/RS 159/LPGG 843

Suggested Common Psalm: Ps (117) 118
See suggestions for Easter Sunday.

1 Peter 1:3-9. The reading begins by quoting a hymn that might be called “A New Birth.” The rest of the text praises those who hold onto a faith that does not require proof.

John 20:19-31. In John's version of the Easter narrative, Jesus’ resurrection and ascension happen on that first Easter, as does the gift of the Holy Spirit sent on the apostles. Thomas requires proof, but he is not blessed. Jesus blesses those “who have not seen and have believed.”

Songs for the Liturgy
See also suggestions for Easter Sunday, many of which are appropriate on this Octave Day of Easter and on any Sunday of the Easter Season.

*A Living Hope (2)  CBW 613/PMB 284
*As Newborn Infants (E)   IH 23
At the Font We Start Our Journey (2,G)  WC 736
Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death (G)  RS 729/WOR 586/GC 803/WC 788/WS
Baptized in Living Waters (2,G)  PMB 386/WC 741/WS
Baptized in Water (2,G)  WOR 720/GC 798/GC2 797/RS 903/CBW 614/JS 542/PMB 286/WC 603/WS/MI-BB/SS
Christ Has Risen (G)  GC 451/GC2 465
Christ, Our King before Creation (G)  CBW 499
Church of God (1,2)   RS 783/GC 664/GP 571/CBW 581/PMB 381
Crown Him with Many Crowns (G)  WOR 496/CBW 437/GP 420/MI‑BB/LMGM 68/WC 706/RS 626/GC 485/GC2 489/JS 480/PMB 359/WS/SS
Do Not Be Afraid (G)   JS 731/GP 630
*Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether (1)  WOR 731/RS 917/JS 797
Eye Has Not Seen (G)  MI‑BB/RS 758/GC 638/GC2 616/CBW 482/WC 844/WS/SS
Glory and Praise to Our God (G)  GP 671/MI‑BB/RS 696/GC 522/GC2 537/WC 898/JS 596/WS
He Comes to Us as One Unknown (G)  WOR 573
Healer of Our Every Ill (G)  RS 958/GC 882/GC2 854/WC 668/WS
How Great the Sign of God's Love (2)  CBW 615
I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord (1)  WOR 726/CBW 424/WC 877/RS 854/GC 806/PMB 320/WS/SS
If You Believe and I Believe (G) RS 825/GC 722/GC2 708/JS 839/WS
In the Breaking of the Bread/Cuando Partimos el Pan del Señor (1)  JS 533/MI‑BB/RS 932/GC 841/GC2 843/WC 624/GP 508/PMB 303/JS 808/WS
Is Your All on the Altar (G)  LMGM 277
Jesus Christ, by Faith Revealed (G) PMB 369/WC 715/WS
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You (G)  WOR 525/JS 617/GP 693/MI‑BB/RS 669/GC 528/GC2 520/CBW 511/PMB 497/WC 905/WS/SS
*Like Newborn Children (E)   PSL A-69/SS
May We Be One (1,2)  RS 477/GC 316/GC2 322
*O Love of God Incarnate, v 3 (G)   JS 410
*O Sons and Daughters (G)  WOR 447/LMGM 60/CBW 404/BB/RS 579/GC 423/GC2 446/WC 568/JS 420/GP 379/PMB 274/WS/SS
*Our God Reigns, v 5 (G) WC 903/WS
*Peace (G)  MI‑BB 482/WC 863/JS 741/GP 649/PMB 462/WS
Peace for Our Times (G)   PMB 455/WC 865/WS
Peace with the Father (G)  WOR 660
*Praise the Lord, My Soul (2)  RS 688/GC 554
Praise the Spirit in Creation (G)  WOR 477/RS 609
*Praised Be the Father (2)  GP 197
Prayer of Peace (G)  GC 729/GC2 720/SS
Pues Si Vivimos/If We Are Living (2)  GC 666/GC2 650/RS 727/PMB 408/WC 796/WS/SS
Sent Forth by God's Blessing (G)  WC 886, 887/MI‑BB/CBW 533/JS 768/GP 588/PMB 474/WS
Shalom, My Friends (G)   PMB 456/WC 859/WS
*Show Me Your Hands, Your Feet, Your Side (G,C)   HG 109
Sing of the Lord's Goodness  JS 605/MI‑BB/GC 547/GC2 532/GP 690
Sing to the Mountains (Ps)  GP 673/GC 435/GC2 452/MI‑BB/JS 601/RS 590
Take and Eat (G)  RS 910/GC 831/GC2 812/CBW 611/WC 648/WS/SS
*That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright  WOR 457/RS 599/GC 445/GC2 461/CBW 392/SS
The Spirit of God (G)   PMB 399/WC 793/WS
Thine Be the Glory, v 3 (G)  WC 556
This Is the Day (Ps) MI-BB/JS 444/CBW 592/GP 397/PMB 269/GC 449/WC 574/SS
This Is the Day When Light Was First Created  WOR 663/RS 842/GC 746
This Is the Feast of Victory   WOR 458/WC 884/MI‑BB/RS 583/GC 429/GC2 458/CBW 396/WC 897/JS 428/PMB 489/WS/SS
Through the Mystery of Death (2)  GP 451
*Touch Me and See (G,C)   PSL A-71/SS
Waters of Life (2)  WC 341/WS
We Have Been Baptized in Christ (2 GP 460
We Remember (1,G)  MI‑BB/WC 653/RS 724/GC 593/GC2 578/WS/SS
*We Walk by Faith (2,G)  WOR 572/MI‑BB/WC 807/RS 723/GC 590/GC2 583/CBW 495/JS 700/PMB 416/WS/SS
We've Come This Far by Faith (G)  LMGM 225
*Without Seeing You (2,G)  GC 844/GC2 842
World Peace Prayer (G)  GC 732/GC2 718

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Choral Anthems

Acts 2: 46-47 (SATB)

Landgrave, Phillip

Broadman (4563-17)

(1)

Awake, Arise, Go Forth and Rejoice (Unison)

Leaf, Robert

Augsburg (11-1580)

(PS)

Be Glad and Rejoice (SATB)

Goemanne, Noel

Flammer (A-5645)

(PS)

Blest are the Eyes that have not Seen You (solo, SATB) Gramann E.C. Schirmer 7329 G

Blessed Are They (SATB)

Pasquet, Jean

B.F.Wood (765)

(G)

Blessed Be the God (SATB)

Davison, John

Elkan Vogel (1240)

(2)

Blessed Be The God and Father (SATB)

Wesley, Samuel

H.W. Gray (GCMR 3166)

(2)

Blessed Be The God and Father (TTBB)

Wesley, Samuel

B.F. Wood (342)

(2)

Dies ist der Tag, den der Herr macht (SSB or SS)

Telemann, G.P.

Hanssler (HE 39.010)

(PS)

Gelobet sei Gott (SSB or SS)

Telemann, G.P.

Hanssler (HE 30.020)

(2)

Haec Dies (SATB)

Arcadelt, Jacob

J.W. Chester (55127)

(PS)

Haec Dies (SSATTB)

Byrd, William

Various

(PS)

Haec Dies (SATB/SATB or SATB/Brass)

Handl, Jacob/Simkin, C.F.

C.F. Peters (1523)

(PS)

Haec Dies (SATB)

Palestrina, G. P.

H.W. Gray (CMR 2688)

(PS)

Joyful Eastertide, The (SATB)

Harris

Novello (29-0151)

 

Let us Be Happy (SAB)

Leaf, Robert

Augsburg (11-0661) *

(PS)

Living Hope, A (SATB)

Guimont, Michel

GIA (G-3688)

(2)

Now (SATB)

Schalk, Carl

Hope (AG 7278)

(G)

Peace Be with You, Op. 32, #22 (2-part)

Bender, Jan

Concordia (98-2086) *

(G)

Peace Be with You (SATB)

Wetzler, Robert

AMSI (178)

(G)

Peace Be Unto You (SATB)

Nystedt, Knut

Augsburg (1455)

(G)

Quia Vidisti Me, Thoma (SATB)

Hassler, Hans Leo/Martens M.

Concordia (98-1741)

(G)

Receive the Holy Spirit (SATB)

Hillert, Richard

Concordia (98-1675)

 

Stetit Iesus (SATB)

Handl, Jacob

GIA (G-2460)

 

There Came Jesus (SATB)

Handl, J.

GIA

(G)

This is the Day (SATB)

Christiansen, Paul

AMSI (300)

(PS)

This is the Day (Unison Treble)

Copley, R. Evan

Abingdon (APM-341)

(PS)

This is the Day (SATB)

Copley, R. Evan

Abingdon (APM-388)

(PS)

This is the Day (3-part round)

Parker, Alice

Hinshaw (HMC 106)

(PS)

This is the Day (Easter Cantata) (SATB)

Pinkham, Daniel

C.F. Peters (6393)

(PS)

This is the Day (SATB)

Titcomb, Everett

Abingdon (APM-208)

(PS)

This is the Day the Lord Hath Made (SAB)

Near, Gerald

Augsburg (11-1620) *

(PS)

This is the Day Which the Lord Hath Made (SATB)

Ford, Virgil T.

G. Schirmer (11272)

(PS)

This is the Day Which the Lord Hath Made (SAB)

Ford, Virgil T.

G. Schirmer (11503)

(PS)

This is the Day (SATB/SATB or SATB & Brass)

Gallus, Jacobus

Concordia (98-1702)

(PS)

We Hae Seen the Lord (SATB)

Wetzler, Robert

Augsburg (11-1705) *

(G)

* out of print

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