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.


Settings of the Sprinkling Rite


Agua de Vida/Water of Life (Misa del Pueblo Inmigrante, Cortez) GP 78/GP3 406/JS 252/FYC 76/FYC3 468

Asperges Me (Chant) JS 173/JS3 166/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) /PMB 456/WC 41

Cleanse Us, O Lord (Roff) LMGM 403/WOR 230

Come to the Water (Brown) JS 253/JS3 626

I Saw Water Flowing BB-MI  933/GP3 304/JS 543/JS3 256,509/OFUV 472/OIF 176/PMB 112/WC 383/WS 300

I Saw Water Flowing Hurd, v 2 (2) JS 543

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/FYC3 354

Save Us O God (Celtic Mass, Walker) GP 2/JS 144

Springs of Water (Haugen) GC2 155

Sprinkling Rite (Beneath the Tree of Life, Haugen) GC2 189

Water of Life (Dean) GP 91/GP3 400/JS 3255

Waters of Life (Kutscher) WC 385

With Joy You Shall Draw Water (Haugen) CBW 237

You Will Draw Water Joyfully (Reagan) PMB 113


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.


The Waters of the River (Guimont) PMB 758/GC2 925

The Waters of the River (Schiavone) JS 1064


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/FYC3 227/JS 102
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Batastini/Black) CBW 17

I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Batastini/Gelineau) WOR 766/WOR4 96/RS 165

I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Dean) GP 268

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 (Proulx) RS 851

I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Walker) GP 269

I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Warner) PMB 170/WC 470/WS 382

I Was Glad (Haas) GC 121/RS 166

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Angrisano) SPS 92

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Harbor) LMGM 542

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Haugen) PCY1 83

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Hunstiger) SS 536

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Hurd) BB-MI 804/JS 101/JS3 102

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Joncas) GC 120/GC2 68/G3 804/RS 167

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Roberts) LMGM 543

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Schaefer) PMB 554

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Schiavone) LP 8/JS 878

Let Us Go Rejoice (Stephan) SPS 93

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Walker)

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Willcock) SS 585

Let Us Go Rejoicing (Young/Black) CBW 114

Qué Alegría Cuando Me Dijeron (Manzano) GP 270/FYC3 539

Qué Alegría/I Rejoiced (Cortez) FYC 261/FYC 228

Qué Alegría Cuando Me Dijeron (Grajeda) FYC 262/FYC3 229

We Shall Go Up with Joy (Murray/Gelineau) CBW 588/WOR 67


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) CBW 613/PMB 284

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Ps) BB-MI 439/GC 607/GC2 594/G3 687/GP3 616/JS 709/JS3 674/LMGM2 556/OFUV 641/OIF 732//PMB 420/RS 741/SS 851/WC 843/WS 681/WOR4 688

All Are Welcome  BB-MI 413/GC 753/GC2 741/G3 850/GP3 570/LMGM2 683/RS 846/SS 920/WC 911/WOR4 833/WS 735

All People That on Earth Do Dwell BB-MI  398/CBW 578/GC 747/GC2 746/G3 853/GP3 456/JS 604/JS3 570//LMGM 304/LMGM2 674 /OFUV 785/OIF 826/PMB 480/RS 849/SS 822/WC 954/WS 770/WOR4 837

All the Earth  BB-MI 422 /JS 446/JS3 620/OFUV 594/PMB 484/WC 933/WS 774

Arise and Shine CBW 341

Baptized in Living Waters (1,2) OIF 662/PMB 386/WC 787/WS 640

Bless the Feast (1,G) GC 752/GP 532

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation GC 662/GC2 642/G3 745/JS 780/JS3 /PMB 384/RS 778/SS 844/WC 783/WOR 617/WOR4 732

Christians, Lift Up Your Hearts CBW 585

Church of God  CBW 581/GC 664/GP 571/PMB 381/RS 783                                               

Church of God, Elect and Glorious BB-MI 414/JS3 508/OIF 663/SS 881/WOR4 733

Come, Host of Heaven’s High Dwelling Place GC 751/ GC2 747/G3 846

Come to the House GP 531

For Builders Bold RS 891

From East and West GP 567

Gather Us In  BB-MI 302/CBW 587/GC 744/GC2 743/G3 848/GP 78/GP3 471/LMGM2 676/RS 850/SS 922/WC 909/WOR 665/WOR4 837/WS 733

Gather Your People (2) BB-MI 313/GC2 742/G3 837/GP3 465/JS 798/JS3 768/OFUV 782/WOR4 478

God Is Here! As We His People  GC 741/GC2 737/JS 796/OIF 809/PMB 796/RS 844/WC 866/WOR 667/WOR4 835

*God Is Our Fortress and Our Rock (Ps) WOR 575, 576

Holy Is the Temple JS 532/JS3 510

How Blessed Is This Place (1) JS 534/RS 893/WOR 710/WOR4 894

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place BB-MI 682,774/GP 488/GP3 163,430/JS 581/JS3 61,551/SS 1041/WC 450/WS 359

I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say RS 851

*I Saw Water Flowing BB-MI  933/GP3 304/JS 543/JS3 256,509/OFUV 472/OIF 176/PMB 112/WC 383/WS 300

I Was Glad LMGM 303

In This Place BB-MI 308/GP 533/GP3 467

Let All the World in Every Corner Sing WOR 536

Let Us Go to the Altar  BB-MI 315/GP 539/GP3 470/JS 800/JS3 767

Moved by the Gospel, Let Us Move     G491/GC 685/RS 801

O Christ, the Great Foundation (G) CBW 527/GC2 646/RS 781, 782/SS 878/WOR 618

Only Begotten, Word of God Eternal (1) RS 852/WOR 666/WOR4 839

*Out of Darkness (Walker) --  BB-MI 505/GC 689/GP 574/GP3 560/JS 765

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow BB-MI 538/LMGM 306/LMGM2 448/OFUV 592/OIF 829/SS 822

*Priestly People (G,C)  vss 8-9 (1,G) OIF 669/PMB 383/WC 761/WS 637

Sing a New Church (2) BB-MI 412/GC2 644/G3 743/GP 572/GP3 569/JS3 830

Streams of Living Water (1) JS 254

The Church’s One Foundation  BB-MI 418/CH 489/GC 661/G3 742/GP3 571/JS 779/JS3 746/OIF 671/OFUV 770/PMB 385/WC 789/WOR4 736/WS 638

This Alone (Ps) BB-MI 401/GP 621/GP3 631/JS 689/JS3 652

Those Who Seek Your Face GP 447/JS 128

Unless the Lord JS 531

What Is This Place (2) GC 748/GC2 736/GP 262/RS 892/JS 799/WOR 709


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