The Lectionary includes a special set of readings for the memorial of St. Cecilia or a choice from the Common of Martyrs or the Common of Virgins. Those wishing to honor pastoral musicians at Mass on this day should use the readings and prayers for the memorial.

Hosea 2:16bc, 17cd, 21–22. The prophet evokes the desert wandering of the Exodus as a particularly important time in Israel’s history, when Israel was closest to God. Speaking in God’s name, the prophet calls Israel to a new desert experience which will renew the covenant—in fact, a marriage covenant between Israel and God.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (44) 45
This text was originally sung to welcome a new queen to the royal court in Jerusalem. While settings of Psalm 45 are available, there are not many with either of the antiphons provided for this memorial.

De Pie a Tu Derecha (Sosa)  FYC 207
Hearken, O Daughter (Warner/Scheidler) Cantos 63
The Queen Stands (Hughes)  WOR 1046
The Queen Stands (Keil)  JS 44
The Queen Stands (Kodner) GC 52

Common Responsorial Psalm: Ps (33) 34
This text served the early church as its main communion song; it also highlights sung praise as a normal occupation for a believer; and it evokes care for the poor as a special focus of God’s mercy.

Gusten y Vean (Cortes) FYC 201/GP 201
Gusten y Vean (Montgomery) FYC 200
Gusten y Vean (Rubalcava) Cantos 61
Gusten y Vean/Taste and See (Reza)  FYC 202/JS 39
I Will Always Thank the Lord (Soper) GP 202
I Will Bless the Lord (Alstott)  JS 40
I Will Bless the Lord (Gouin) G 44/GC 46
I Will Bless the Lord at All Times (chant) BFW437, 645
I Will Bless the Lord at All Times (Harbor) LMGM 540
I Will Bless the Lord at All Times (Kreutz) CH 142
I Will Bless the Lord at All Times (O’Carroll) CH 141
I Will Bless the Lord at All Times (Reagan) CH 140
I Will Bless the Lord at All Times, alt. refrain 3 (Tate)  WC 398
I Will Give Thanks to You (Englert) WC 399
O Taste and See (Isele) LMGM 541
Taste and See (Dean) GP 200/JS 37/RS 72
Taste and See (Guimont) RS 71
Taste and See (Haugen) GC 47/GC2 34/RS 70
Taste and See (Hommerding)  WC 397
Taste and See (Hurd) GP 199
Taste and See (Proulx/Gelineau) RS 73/WOR 36
Taste and See (Willcock)  JS 38

Matthew 25:1–13. The parable of the wise and foolish virgins invites us to be prepared to welcome the Lord and acknowledge the divine presence in our lives.

Songs for the Liturgy

Cantad a Dios  FYC 373
De Colores  FYC 427
For the Beauty of the Earth  CH 562/GC 572/GC2 548/GP 704/JS 642/RS 697/WC 950/WOR 557
How Brightly Beams the Morning Star (G)  WOR 389, 390
How Can I Keep from Singing?  G 427/GC 603/GC2 598/GP 616/JS 721/RS 733/WC 828
Hymn to St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr (Thompson) September 1999 Notebook
I’ll Be Singing Up There  LMGM 148
Joyful, Joyful We Adore You  CH 581/GC 528/GC2 520/GP 693/JS 721/LMGM 197/RS 69/WC 828/WOR 525
Let All the World in Every Corner Sing  CH 582/WOR 536
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing  United Methodist Hymnal 57
Play before the Lord  GP 697
Psalm 150: Let Everything That Lives (Currie/Gelineau)  WOR 81
Psalm 150: Praise God in This Holy Dwelling (Westendorf/Vermulst)  GC 142/GC2 78/RS 200/WC 447
Salmo 150: Aleluya, Alabad al Señor  FYC 578
Sing, O Sing  GP 689
Sing of the Lord’s Goodness  G 373/GC 547/GC2 532/GP 690/JS 605
Sing, People of God  WC 913
Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song  WOR 532
Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Astounds Us (G)  CH 186
Wake, O Wake, and Sleep No Longer (G)  GC 335/JS 332/RS 489/WC 458/WOR 371
When in Our Music God Is Glorified  CH 583/GC 560, 561/GC2 539/JS 624/RS 665, 680/WC 915/WOR 549