AUGUST 14-15, ASSUMPTION (A, B, C)  Lectionary #621–622

This feast celebrates our belief that Mary shares fully (body and soul) in the resurrection of her son and that after her death she was taken to heaven with him. Many interpreters see this faith in Mary's assumption as a promise that all faithful believers will likewise share fully in the gift of the resurrection.

Vigil Mass (#621)
The ark of the covenant, symbol of God’s presence, is evoked as an image of Mary’s womb, which bore the Savior.

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Choral Anthems

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1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2. In festival procession, David brings the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, thus uniting in one place the symbols of religious and political unity.

Vigil Mass Psalm:  Ps (131) 132
This royal psalm celebrates the “Zion tradition,” that is, the belief that God has chosen to “dwell” in the Jerusalem Temple, where the ark serves as God’s “footstool,” so that God’s presence on earth shares space in the city that is also the political capital of Israel.

Lord, Go Up to the Place of Your Rest (Guimont) GC2 1001

Lord, Go Up to the Place of Your Rest (Guimont/Reagan) PMB 753/WS

Lord, Go Up to the Place of Your Rest (Schiavone) JS 1059

Lord, Go Up to the Place of Your Rest (Schiavone/Gelineau) WOR 1045/WOR4 1221/RS 180


1 Corinthians 15:54b-57. Jesus’ death has transformed the meaning and power of death and has drawn out its “sting.”


Luke 11:27-28. Praise of Mary as the “ark” that carried Jesus is met by him with praise for all those who receive and “carry” the word of God.


Songs for the Liturgy

See the list of suggestions for Mass during the day.


DURING THE DAY Lectionary #622

Images abound and overlap, so that sometimes we see Mary, sometimes we see individual believers, and sometimes we see the Church as the bearer of Christ.


Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab. Is the “ark of the covenant” visible in the heavenly temple a symbol of Mary, of Christ, or of God? Is the “woman clothed with the sun” supposed to represent Mary or the Church—or both at the same time, with Mary serving as a symbol of the Church?


Psalm for Mass during the Day: Ps (44) 45

A royal psalm to welcome a new queen, used here to honor Mary as “queen of heaven.”


De Pie a Tu Derecha (Sosa) FYC 207 /FYC3 182

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Bolduc) PMB 754

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Carroll/Murray) CBW 223

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Guimont) RS 78/GC2 924

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Hughes/Gelineau) WOR 1046/WOR4 1222/

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Keil) JS 44/GP3 150

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Kodner) GC 52

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Schiavone) JS 1060


1 Corinthians 15:20-27. Paul is explaining why Christ has not returned in glory, as early believers expected, and why Christians are dying, when they are supposedly freed from death through Christ’s death and resurrection. He says that we all will go through what Jesus went through—death first, followed by resurrection. Christ is the “firstfruits” of God’s harvest, but we will all share in the harvest.


Luke 1:39-56. The story of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth echoes, in a sense, and expands on the point made in the Gospel for the Vigil Mass: Elizabeth sings of Mary's election as “blessed among women,” and Mary sings of God’s blessings not only to her but to all who fear God “in every generation.” God’s “mercy,” in Mary's song, turns everything upside down.


Songs for the Liturgy


Adiós, Reina del Cielo GP 438

All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (G) GC 787/RS 897

*Ave Maria (G) BB-MI 696,701,703/LMGM 95/LMGM2 733/WC 972/RS 896, 898/GC 785, 789/GC2 772, 774/G# 887,891/GP 429/GP3GP369/JS 493, 504/JS3 483,486/OFUV 586/OIF 908/PMB 532/SS 950/WC 998/WOR 713/WOR4 902

*Bright as the Sun, Fair as the Moon (1) JS 520

*Canticle of the Turning (2) RS 678/GC 556/GC2 527/G3 622

*Great Is the Lord (G) GP 163

Hail, Holy Queen, Enthroned Above BB-MI 198/CBW 457/GC 784/GC2 784/G3 879/GP 425/GP3 376/JS 519/JS3 /LMGM 97/OFUV 548/OIF 914/PMB 531/RS 883/SPS 200 /WC 1006/WS 815 /WOR 702/WOR4 883

Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (G) BB-MI 702/GC 782/GC2 779/G3 889/GP 426/GP 372/JS 489/JS3 481/OFUV 521/OIF 913/SPS 305/WC 1000/WS 813

Hail, Queen of Heav'n, the Ocean Star CBW 458

Highly Favored One CBW 459

*Holy Is His Name (G) BB-MI 693/GP 433/GP3 379/JS 505/OFUV 535/SPS 110

*Holy Is Your Name (G) GC 147/GC2 83/G3 102/RS 210/SPS 111/WOR4 122

Holy Mary, Full of Grace CBW 461

Jesus Has Conquered Death (2) LMGM 62

Magnificat/Canticle of Mary (2) BB-MI 690,816,817,818,835/ CBW 14I, 575, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678/GP 163,291,292,427,428,433,434,436/ GC 14, 145, 146, 534, 788/GC2 13, 84, 522, 773, 782JS3 11,120,121,474,480,487/G3 101,630,892/GP3 112,208,209,210,373,375,379/RS 17, 209, 210, 211, 656, 675/ JS 11, 119, 120, 495, 501, 503, 505/LMGM2 682/OFUV 528/OIF 303/PMB 9, 180, 181, 182/PSL A-225/SS 371,955/WC 488/WOR 15,87,88,534,553/WOR4 121,124,613

*Mary, Full of Grace (G) BB-MI 697/OFUV 528

Mary, How Lovely the Light of Your Glory WOR 711

Mary, Woman of the Promise (G) CBW 465/JS 496/SS 954

O Holy Mary (G) BB-MI 699/JS 494/JS3 511

O Mary of Promise GC2 781

O Sanctissima BB-MI 697/GC 780/GC2 775//G3 895/WOR 712/CBW 468/JS 500/JS3 484/OIF 919/PMB 533/RS 900/SS 949/WC 1012/WS 808/WOR 712/WOR4 903

Rejoice with All the Saints SPS 343

Salamu Maria/Hail Mary (G) LMGM 98

Salve Regina BB-MI 691/CBW 469/CH 331/GC 779/GC2 780/G3 880/ GP 425/JS 499/JS3 485/LMGM 96/LMGM2 723/OIF 922/RS 894/SPS 199/WC 1008/WS 812/WOR 703/WOR4 882

She Will Show Us the Promised One, v 6 PMB 539/WC 1011

Sing We of the Blessed Mother, v 4 (2) GC 786/GC2 776/JS 895/JS3 475/RS 895/SS 945/WOR 714/WOR4 896

Sing with All the Saints in Glory (2) BB-MI 609/CBW 406/GC 442/GC2 442/G3/GP 724/GP3 774/774/JS 789/JS3 759 /OIF 881/PMB 510/RS 595/SS 972 /WC 975/WOR 467/WOR4 526

Stainless the Maiden vss 2-4 (1)  OIF 923/WC1007/WS 805

Star upon the Ocean (1) PMB 527/WC 1003

*Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord (G) CBW 575/WOR 534

Thanks Be to You (G) GC 569/RS 708

There Is Nothing Told (G) GP 431 /JS 502/JS3 478

Virgin Born, We Bow Before You (Vigil)  RS 527/WOR 403/WOR4 445

Virgin, Full of Grace (G) WC 1013/PMB 534/WS 806

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones, v 2 (G) BB-MI 714/GC 794/GC2 790/GP 446/GP3 390/JS 528//LMGM 104/WC 994/JS 528/PMB 522/RS 886/WS 798/WOR 707/WOR4 886


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
Ave Maria (SATB)  Vittoria, Tomas Luis de  Mercury (35200079)  G
I Will Set His Dominion (SATB, Organ) (Vigil) Neswick, Paraclete (PPM 9519) P
Magnificat (2-part, Keyboard, opt. Flute)  Schram, Ruth Elaine  Augsburg (0-8006-7668-8)  G
Magnificat (SATB)  Howells, Herbert  Novello (NOV 29 0289)  G
Magnificat (SATB, Organ, Flugelhorn)  Ferguson, John  GIA (G-6667)  G
Magnificat (SATB, Organ/Keyboard, opt. Brass Quartet)  Landes, Rob  MorningStar (MSM-50-0030A) G
Magnificat (SATB/SATB or SATB/Brass Quartet)  Pachelbel, Charles Theodore/David, Hans  C. F. Peters (6087)  G
Magnificat (SATBB, opt. keyboard)  Wise, Michael/Dearnly, Christopher  Oxford (S 595)  G
Magnificat (Unison, opt. 2-part, C-instrument)  Kemp, Helen  Choristers Guild (CGA954)  G
Magnificat (SSA) R. Thompson arr. Seitz E. C. Schirmer G
Magnificat, The (Unison, Keyboard)  Leitz, David  Chantry Music Press  G
Mary Went Up to Hill Country (SATB)  Schalk, Carl  Concordia (98-3172)  G
O Mary of All Women  (from Two Hymns in the Dorian Mode) (SATB)  Jennings, Joseph Wilcox  World Library (CA-1681-8)  G
O Sanctissima Beethoven/Thatcher MSM G
Since by Man Came Death from “Messiah” (SATB, Keyboard)  Handel, G. F.  Various 2
Song of Mary (SATB)  Crotch, Wm./Wetzler, Robert  AMSI (#126)  G
Song of Mary (SATB, Organ & opt. Brass)  Shephard, Richard  Oxford (A442)  G