JANUARY 1, SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD (A, B, C) Lectionary #18

“Theotokos,” translated as “God-bearer” or “Mother of God,” is one of the most significant titles given to Mary. It was also important in clarifying the Church’s belief that Jesus did not simply “become” God; he was divine from his conception. So this feast, which appears to be a feast of Mary, is actually a further clarification of the meaning of Christmas.

Numbers 6:22-27. To be able to name God and to use the divine name suggested an intimate connection between God and the people. The same intimacy should exist among all those who call themselves “Christians.”

Psalm of the Day: Ps (66) 67
This hymn of praise echoes phrases from the “blessing of Aaron” in the first reading; it calls on all the nations to praise God, who rules the whole world with justice.

May God Bless Us PSL A-21/SS 360
May God Bless Us (Batastini/Gelineau) WOR 783/RS 95/LPGG 785
May God Bless Us (Guimont) GC 66/GC2 936/RS 94/LPMG 18
May God Bless Us (Kogut) PCY10 28
May God Bless Us (Kraehenbuehl) PMB 573/PRM A11
May God Bless Us (Schiavone) JS 897/LP 27
O God, Be Gracious (Lee/Young) CBW 36

Galatians 4:4-7. Because we are united to Christ, we can address God as “Abba,” the title that Jesus seemed to prefer to use for God. In fact, because Christ’s spirit lives in us, we are children of God.

Luke 2:16-21. Most of this text is a reprise of the Gospel reading for Christmas Mass at Dawn, which connects this feast to Christmas. It continues with the account of Jesus’ circumcision and his naming. “Jesus” is the Greek version of “Joshua,” which means “liberator” or “savior.”

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems


Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy
*A Blessing (1) PMB 471/WC 791/WS 742
*A Light Will Shine (E) PSL A-13/SS 524
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (G) RS 897
Ave Maria (G) BB-MI 693,701,703/GC 785, 789/GC2 772, 774/G3 887,891/RS 896, 898/GP 429/GP3 369/PMB 532/JS 493, 504/JS3 438,486/LMGM2 733/OFUV 526/OIF 908/SS 950/WC 998/WOR 713
Blessed One  WC 1002/WS 809
Bwana Awabariki/May God Grant You a Blessing (1) LMGM 155
By God Kept Pure WS 810
Carol at the Manger (G) GC 369/GC2 354/G3 443/SS 516
Child of Mercy (G) RS 506/GC 357/GC2 368/G3 431/SS 681
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (G) BB-MI 702/GP 426/GP3 372/JS 489/JS3 481/GC 782/GC2 779/G3 889/OFUV 529/OIF 913/SPS 305/WC 1000/WS 813
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (2) BB 93/JS 345/JS3 313/CBW 323/GP 317/GP3 245/LMGM 13/LMGM2 247/GC 348/GC2 356/G3 424/OFUV 387/OIF 387/RS 502/PMB 199/SS 694/WC 519/WS 433/WOR 387/WOR4 414
I Sing a Maid (G) CBW 462/GC 781/GC2 777/ G3 458/RS 899
*Jesus Christ, the Same (C) PSL A-22
*Jesus Christ, Yesterday, Today and Forever (C) RS 679/GC 745/GC2 730/G3 847
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (G) BB 91/GP 320/GP3 246/LMGM 24/LMGM2 263/JS 338/JS3 302/GC 368/GC2 373/G3 451/OFUV 400/OIF 390/PMB 210/SS 683/WC 526/WS 445/WOR 374/WOR4 438
*Lord, Today (E) RS 536/GC 375/GC2 385/G3 464/GP 338
Magnificat/Canticle of Mary (2) BB-MI 690,816,817,818,835/RS 17, 209, 210, 211, 656, 675/GP 163, 291, 292, 427, 428, 433, 434, 436/GC 14, 145, 146, 534, 788/GC2 13, 84, 522, 773, 782/CBW 14I, 575, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678/JS 11, 119, 120, 495, 501, 503, 505/JS3 11,120,121,474,480,487/LMGM2 689/OFUV 528/OIF 303/PMB 9, 180, 181, 182/PSL A-225/SS 371,955/WC 488/WOR 15,87,88,534, 553/WOR4 124,613
Mary, Full of Grace (G) BB-MI 697
Mary, Woman of the Promise (2,G) CBW 465/JS 496/JS3 477/SS 954
*May God Bless and Keep You (1,Ps) BB-MI 388/JS 827/GP 623/GP3 638/GC 577/G3 675
*May God Bless You (1,Ps) BB-MI 668/JS 566 /G3 971/GP 467/GP3 450/OFUV 322
*May the Lord, Mighty God (1,Ps) RS 721/GC 589
O Chosen One (2,G) GP 435
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (New Year) BB-MI 442/CBW 644/GP 613/LMGM 230/LMGM2 560/JS 705/JS3 672/GC 614/GC2 588/G3 688/GP3 612/OFUV 627/OIF 766/RS 735/PMB 435/SS 846/WC 867/WS 700/WOR4 689
O Holy Mary (G) BB-MI 699/JS 494/JS3 511/WOR 579
Of the Father's Love Begotten (2) BB 85/CBW 330/JS 349/JS3 317/GC 351/GC2 374/G3 427/LMGM2 266/RS 510/OFUV 395/OIF 403/PMB 211/SS 678/WC 516/WS 446/WOR 398/WOR4 415
Salamu Maria LMGM 98
She Will Show Us the Promised One (G) OIF 924/PMB 539/WC 1011
Sing of Mary (G) BB-MI 698/GP 432/GP3 380/LMGM 100/LMGM2 271/JS 490/JS3 472/GC 3/GC2 778/G3 457/RS 528/OFUV 532/OIF 926/PMB 538/SS/WC 1009/WS 817/WOR 404/WOR4 444
Song of Mary BB-MI 692/JS 498/JS3 482
Stainless the Maiden (G) OIF 923/WC1007/WS 805
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (2,G) CBW 464/JS 514/JS3 493/SS 947/WOR 405/WOR4 447
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (G) GC 345/GC2 378/G3 454/LMGM2 268/RS 501
There Is Nothing Told (G) GP 431 /JS 502/JS3 478
Virgin Born, We Bow before You (G) RS 527/WOR 403/WOR4 445
What Child Is This (G) BB 105/CBW 338/GP 337/GP3 256/LMGM 29/LMGM2 277/JS 365/JS3 330/GC 380/GC2 387/G3 466/RS 530/OFUV 404/OIF 412/PMB 216/SPS 153/SS 700/WC 551/WS 436/WOR 411/WOR4 454

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Choral Anthems

Entrance Antiphon See Isaiah 9: 2, Luke 1: 33

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
Aaronic Blessing, The  (SATB) Willan, Healey C.F. Peters  (6099) 1
Almighty God, Which Hast Me Brought Ford, T. CPDL G
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SSAATTBB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SSATTB)
Busto
Rachmaninoff
Refice
Biery
Kingsley

Walton
H. W. Gray
CPDL
Morning Star Music
Trinitas/OCP

G
Awake, My Glory  (SATB, Organ, opt. Guitar) Diemer, Emma Lou Abingdon  (APM-962) PS
Babe Is Born in Bethlehem, A  (SATB, Organ) Van Dyke, Paul C. Flammer  (A-5549) E
Behold a Mystical Rose (SATB) Latona MSM 50-0031 G
Benediction, The  (SATB) Nystedt, Knut Associated  (A-500) 1
Child Is Born in Bethlehem, A  (SATB, 8 Handbells) Batastini, Robert (arr.) GIA  (G-2309) E
Child Is Born in Bethlehem, A  (SATB, organ) Nestor,  Leo  E.C. Schirmer  (ECS 4389) E
Child Is Born in Bethlehem, A  (SAB, 5 Handbells) Proulx, Richard GIA  (G-4651) E
Christians, Awake (SATB) Wainwright Oxford  (from Oxford New Carols, p. 244) G
Deus, Misereatur Nostri  (SATB)
Deus, Misereatur Nostri  (SATB)
Schütz, Heinreich/Klein, Maynard
Schütz
, Heinreich/Ehret, Walter
G. Schirmer  (11969)
Tetra (A. Broude)  (AB 742)
PS
Ecce Concipies (SATB, a cappella Latin
Ecce Concipies  (SATB, a cappella, Latin/English)
Ecce Concipies  (SATB, a cappella, Latin)
Handl, Jacob
Handl, Jacob/Simkins, Carl
Handl, Jacob
Arista  (AE 243)
Concordia  (98-2244) *
J.W. Chester  (55107)
E
Ecce Concipes Handl CPDL – I.C. G
Festival Psalm  (SATB, Organ) Arnatt, Ronald H.W. Gray  (CMR 2684) PS
For Unto Us A Child is Born  (SATB, SAB) Händel, George F. Various Editions E
For Unto Us A Child Is Born 
(SAB, Soprano, Alto, Bass soli, 2 violins, continuo, English/German)
Krieger, J. P. Concordia  (97-4692) * E
God Be Merciful  (SS or SA, Organ) Bouman, Paul Concordia  (98-2471) * PS
God Be Merciful  (SATB) Tchesnokoff, Paul/Dash, James A. Summy Birchard  (J5525) PS
God Be Merciful Unto Us  (SATB, Organ) Aston, Peter Novello  (MT.1494) PS
God Be Merciful Unto Us  (SSA) Willan, Healey Concordia  (97-7160) * PS
God Sent Forth His Son (SATB, Organ/Keyboard) Gibbs, Aller Orton Abingdon  (APM-966) 2
In Dulci Jubilo (SATB/SATB) Praetorius/Tortolano GIA G-2243 G
Let All the Peoples Praise Thee  (SA, Organ) Powell, Robert J. Concordia  (98-1973) * PS
Let the People Praise Thee, O God  (SATB, 2 Trumpets) Berger, Jean Tetra (A Broude) (754) PS
Let the People Praise Thee, O God 
from “Festival Service Book #8”  (SATB, Organ)
Firth, Michael RSMC PS
Let the People Praise Thee, O God  (Unison, 2 Violins, Continuo) Hammerschmidt, A./Oberdoerffer Concordia  (98-1826) * PS
Let the People Praise Thee, O God  (SATB, Organ) Mathias, William Oxford  (A-331) PS
Let All Peopl Praise Thee, O God  (SAB, Organ) Shaw, Martin Novello  (85079) PS
Lord Be Merciful Unto us, Op. 259, No. 2  (SATB) Hovhaness, Alan Rongwen (Broude Brothers) (RM 3527) PS
Lord Bless You, The  (SATB) Mueller, Carl F. G. Schirmer  (8069) 1
Lord Bless You and Keep You, The  (SATB)
Lord Bless You and Keep You, The  (SATB)
Lutkin, Peter
Lutkin, Peter
Concordia  (97-6320) *
Presser  (312.40420)
1
Lord Bless You and Keep You, The  (SATB, keyboard) Rutter, John Hinshaw  (HMC-570) 1
May God Have Pity on Us  (Unison, Organ) Schoen, Frank A. GIA  (G-1711) PS
May the Peoples Praise You, O God  (Unison) Gieseke, Richard Concordia  (98-2929) PS
O Mary of All (from Two Hymns in the Dorian Mode) (SATB) Jennings, Joseph Wilcox World Library  (CA-1681-8) G
Of The Fathers Love Begotten (SATB)
Of The Fathers Love Begotten
Of The Fathers Love Begotten
Of the Fathers Love Begotten (SAB)
Pelz
Grotenhuis
Young
Isele
Augsburg
Presser
Plymouth Music Co., Colla Voce 55-54122
EC Schirmer / Morning Star Music 7071
2
Of Woman Born  (2-part mixed, children's choir, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, keyboard) O'Brien, Fran GIA  (G-5916) G
O God, Be Merciful  (SATB) Tye, Christopher/Buck, P.C. Oxford PS
People Who Walked in Darkness, The  (SAB) Gieseke, Richard Concordia  (97-5481) E
Psalm 67  (Unison, SATB) Horman, John Choristers Guild  (CGA 589) PS
Psalm 67  (SAB, Organ) Wood, Dale Augsburg  (11-9376) * PS
Psalm 67  (SATB, Glockenspiel, String Bass, Organ) Zimmerman, Heinz W. Carl Fischer  (CM 7857) PS
Puer Natus Est Nobis  (SAB, Latin, English)
Puer Natus Est Nobis  (SAB, Latin, English)
Morales, Cristobal/Stone, KurtMorales, Cristobal/Proulx, Richard Broude Brothers  (BB 4071)GIA  (G-4154) E
Puer Natus In Bethlehem  (SATB, C instrument, Continuo) Werner, Gregor/Klammer,Edward GIA  (G-3034) E
Sixty-Seventh Psalm, The  (SSATB) Ives, Charles Associated  (1-274) PS
Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly  (SATB, keyboard) Armstrong, Matthew Concordia (Logia)  (98-3366) G
To Us A Child Is Born  (SATB, organ) Schütz, Heinrich/Wunderlich, R.E. Concordia  (98-1494) E
Unto Us A Child Is Born  (SATB/SATB) Franck, Melchior/Ehret, Walter Shawnee  (A-1522) E
Unto Us A Child Is Born  from “We Praise Thee,” Vol. 1 (SSA) Willan, Healey Concordia  (97-7564) E
Verga Jesse Bruckner CPDL G
Virgin Born We Bow Before You (SATB)
Virgin Born We Bow Before You (SATB)
Chepponis
Chepponis
GIA
Paraclete
G
Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy, The (SATB) Trapp Morning Star Music G
What Child Is This?  (SAB, Guitar, Flute, keyboard) Batastini, Robert J. (arr.) GIA  (G-5364) G
What Child Is This?  (SATB)
What Child Is This?  (SATB, keyboard)
Lehman
Isele
, David Clark  (arr.)
Bossey & Hawkes
GIA  (G-3547)
G
What Child Is This?  (SATB, Organ, strings) Powell, Robert J.  (arr.) GIA  (G-2446) G
What Child Is This?  (SATB) Warland, Dale (arr.) Jenson Publications
(419-23-44, Vol. 1)
G

* out of print

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