This ancient basilica commemorates the first public site of the “mother church” of Roman Christianity—a large meeting hall on the Lateran Hill donated by the Emperor Constantine. It was dedicated in 324 under the title “Church of Our Savior.” Later, the ancient building was replaced by a new church dedicated to St. John the Baptist, popularly known as St. John Lateran. This is the pope’s church in his role as bishop of the city and province of Rome.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Entrance Rite

Because today's celebration focuses so strongly on the gather­ing of God's people to form the Church, the liturgy might appro­priately begin today with the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling of Holy Water, which recalls our common baptism. If this rite is used, consider using a setting of the sprinkling rite—one that your congregation can learn quickly and repeat enthusiastically. Otherwise, use a song which relates to the themes of church and baptism, such as "Church of God" (Daly) or "Out of Darkness" (Walker).

Settings of the Sprinkling Rite

Agua de Vida/Water of Life (Misa del Pueblo Inmigrante, Cortez)  GP 78/FYC 76/JS 252
Asperges Me (Chant)  JS 173
Asperges Me/Cleanse Me from Sin (Chant)  WOR 270
Cleanse Us, Lord, from All Our Sins (Hughes)  WOR 272
Cleanse Us, Lord, from All Our Sins (Sing Praise and Thanksgiving Mass, Joncas)  CCH 147/PMB 456/WC 245
Cleanse Us, Lord, Make Us Whole (In Remembrance of You Mass, Willcock)  GP 92
Cleanse Us, O Lord (Roff) LMGM 403/WOR 230
Come to the Water (Brown)  JS 253
Drink Living Water/Tomen Agua Viva (Fulmer)  GP 93
I Saw Water Flowing (Chant)  PMB 112/WC 339
Lord, Cleanse Me from My Sin (Chant)  BFW 635
Lord Jesus, From Your Wounded Side (Festival Liturgy, Hillert) WOR 271
May This Water  (Uehlein)  CBW 236
Rito de Aspersión de Agua (Marchionda)  Cantos 257
Rito de Aspersión de Agua (La Misa Ranchera, Rubalcava)  Cantos 258
Rito para la Benedición y Aspersión (Misa San José, Reza)  FYC 2
Save Us O God (Celtic Mass, Walker) GP 2/JS 144
Send Us Flowing Water, Lord (Mattingly)  WC 343
Springs of Water (DeBruyn)  GP 90
Springs of Water (Haugen)  CCH 158/GC2 155
Springs of Water (Hay)  WC 342
Sprinkling Rite (Beneath the Tree of Life, Haugen)  GC2 189
Sprinkling Rite (Mass in Honor of American Nuns, Kreutz)  CH1
Sprinkling Rite (Mass for Cantor and Congregation, Sullivan)  CH 11
Sprinkling Rite (Mass of the Angels and Saints, Janco)  CCH 133/GC2 175
Sprinkling Rite (Mass of Creation, Haugen)  CCH 91/GC2 135
Sprinkling Rite (Mass of Redemption, Janco)  PMB 73/WC 230
Sprinkling Rite/Rito de Aspersión (Missa Luna, Kolar) WC 288
Streams of Living Water (Consiglio)  JS 254
Water of Life (Dean)  GP 91/JS 255
Waters of Life (Kutscher)  WC 341
With Joy You Shall Draw Water (Haugen)  CBW 237
You Will Draw Water Joyfully (Reagan)  PMB 113/WC 344

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12. The restored Temple is the source of life-giving water.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (45) 46
This is the first in a set of hymns called “Zion hymns” sung in praise of the Temple. God is presented as doing battle with the forces of chaos, represented by the churning sea. God’s victory turns the sea into a peaceful river.

A River Flows   PSL A-238/SS
The Waters of the River (Alstott)   BB
The Waters of the River (Batastini/Gelineau)   LPGG 1061
The Waters of the River (Guimont)   PRM A108/PMB 758/GC2 925/LPMG 671/WS
The Waters of the River (Hunstiger)   SS
The Waters of the River (Schiavone)   JS 1064/LP 212

Suggested Common Psalms

Ps (83) 84:  How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
Dichosos los que Viven
Ps (121) 122:   I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say
Qué Alegría cuando Me Dijeron

Because there are not many settings of Psalm 46 available in the standard hymnals, you may want to substitute Psalm 122 from the Common of the Dedication of a Church (Lectionary for Mass, no. 703.5).  Since today's feast falls during the last weeks of Ordinary Time, when the liturgy turns to themes of Christ's second coming, Psalm 122 would be a very appropriate choice.

Con Qué Alegría/Let Us Go Rejoicing (Cortés)  FYC 263/JS 102
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Batastini/Black)   CBW 17
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Batastini/Gelineau)  WOR 966/RS 165
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Dean)  GP 268/MI‑BB/SP1 91
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say, vss 1,2,3 (Englert)  WC C373/PC3 4
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Jordan)  LMGM 503
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Kreutz)  PSS 64
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Marchionda)  WC C371/SMM5 146
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (O'Carroll)  CH 159
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Reagan)  CH 160
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Walker)  GP 269/SP2 62
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Warner)  WC 434
I Was Glad (Haas)  GC 121/RS 166
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Englert)  WC B375/PC1 58
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Harbor)  LMGM 542/WC 253
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Haugen)  PCY1 83
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Hurd)  JS 101
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Joncas)  G 53/GC 120/GC2 68/RS 167
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Moore)  SMM1 84
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Roberts)  LMGM 543
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Schalk)  SO 71
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Walker)  PFS 60
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Young/Black)  CBW 114
Qué Alegría/I Rejoiced (Cortez)  FYC 261
Qué Alegría Cuando Me Dijeron (Grajeda)  FYC 262
Qué Alegría Cuando Me Dijeron (Manzano)  GP 270
We Shall Go Up with Joy (Murray/Gelineau)  WOR 67/CBW 588
With Joy I Heard Them Say (Hughes)  PAS 125

1 Corinthians 3:9c–11, 16–17. As he will use the analogy of the body later in this letter to describe relationships within the church, so here Paul uses the analogy of a building to describe how God, working through Paul, built up the church in Corinth.

John 2:13–22. Jesus purifies the Temple.

Songs for the Liturgy

A Living Hope (1,Ps)   PMB 284
*A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Ps)   WC 804/WS/PMB 420/MI-BB/JS 709/GP 617/GC 607/GC2 594/RS 741/SS
All Are Welcome  RS 846/GC 753/GC2 741/WC 870/WS/MI-BB/SS
All People That on Earth Do Dwell  WOR 669, 670/RS 849/GC 747/GC2 746/GP 535/CBW 578/WC 916/JS 604/MI-BB/LMGM 304/WS/PMB 480/SS
All the Earth   PMB 484/WC 895/WS/MI-BB
Arise and Shine  CBW 341
Baptized in Living Waters (1,2)   WC 741/WS/PMB 386
Bless the Feast   GP 532/GC 752
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation  WOR 617/RS 778/GC 662/GC2 642/CBW 430/WC 746/JS 780/PMB 384/SS
Christians, Lift Up Your Hearts  CBW 585
Church of God   RS 783/GC 664/GP 571/CBW 581/MI-BB/PMB 381
Church of God, Elect and Glorious   JS 533/MI-BB
Come, Host of Heaven's High Dwelling Place  GC 751/GC2 747
Come to the House  GP 531
For Builders Bold  RS 891
From East and West   GP 567
Gather Us In  WOR 665/RS 850/GC 744/GC2 743/CBW 587/WC 869/MI-BB/WS/SS
Gather Your People  GP 529/JS 798/GC2 742/MI-BB
God Is Here! As We His People  WOR 667/RS 844/GC 741/GC2 737/WC 866/PMB 463/JS 796/SS
*God Is Our Fortress and Our Rock (Ps)   WOR 575, 576
God, Who at the Font Once Named Us (1,2)   WC 769
Holy Is the Temple   JS 532
How Blessed Is This Place  WOR 710/RS 893/JS 534
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place   MI-BB/JS 581/GP 488/WC 414/WS/SS
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say   RS 851
*I Saw Water Flowing/Vidi Aquam (1)   JS 174,543/PMB 112/WC 339/WS/BB
I Was Glad  LMGM 303
*I Will Dwell with You (E)   PSL A-237/SS
In This Place  GP 533/MI-BB
Let All the World in Every Corner Sing  WOR 536
Let Us Go to the Altar  GP 539/JS 800/MI-BB
Moved by the Gospel, Let Us Move  RS 801/GC 685/SS
O Christ, the Great Foundation  WOR 618/RS 781, 782/GC2 646/CBW 527/SS
Only Begotten, Word of God Eternal  WOR 666/RS 852
*Our God Dwells in His Holy Place (E)   IH 87
Out of Darkness -- Walker   JS 765/GC 689/GP 574/MI-BB
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow   LMGM 306/MI-BB/SS
Priestly People   WC 740/WS 529/PMB 383
Sing a New Church    GP 572/GC2 644/MI-BB
Streams of Living Water (1)   JS 254
The Church's One Foundation (2)  MI-BB/CBW 526/WC 743/GP 573/GC 661/JS 779/WS/PMB 385/SS
This Alone  GP 621/JS 689/MI-BB
Those Who Seek Your Face  GP 447/JS 128
Unless the Lord   JS 531
What Is This Place  WOR 709/RS 892/GC 748/GC2 736/GP 538/JS 799/MI-BB
*You Strode within the Temple, Lord (G)   HG 78


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #
Behold the Tabernacle of God (SATB)  Willan, Healey  Carl Fischer (CM 427) 2
Behold the Tabernacle of God (SATB, Organ)  Harris, William H.  GIA (G-4180)  2
God Is Our Refuge and Strength  (SATB, Brass Quartet, 3-5 Octave Handbells)  Behnke, John A.  Concordia (98-3835) P
Living Stone (SATB, Keyboard)  Isele, David Clark  GIA (G-3718) C
Locus Iste Bruckner CPDL G
O Holy City, Seen of John, MORNING SONG  (SATB, Organ, Brass Quartet)  arr, Powell, Robert J.  GIA (G-4482) E