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.

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 musical settings of the sprinkling rite, or the spiritual “Wade in the Water,” or a song which relates to the themes of church and baptism, such as "Church of God" (Daly) or "Out of Darkness" (Walker).

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

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

Psalm of the Day: Ps (45) 46
The first of 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 SS 536/GC2 925
The Waters of the River (Batastini/Gelineau) WOR4 1227
The Waters of the River (Guimont) PRM B117/PMB 758

Or Common Responsorial Psalm:

Ps (83) 84: How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
Ps (121) 122: I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say

Because there are not many settings of Psalm 46 available in the standard hymnals, you may want to substitute Psalm 84 or 122, which are more available. 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.

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 843/WS 708/OIF 732/PMB 420/MI-BB 434/JS 709/GP 617/GC 607/RS 741/SS 931
All Are Welcome RS 846/GC 753/WC 911/WS 760/MI-BB 418/SS 1000
All People That on Earth Do Dwell WOR 669, 670/RS 849/GC 747/GP 535/CBW 578/WC 954/JS 604/MI-BB 309/OIF 826/LMGM 304/WS 793/PMB 480/SS 902
Arise and Shine CBW 341
Baptized in Living Waters (1,2) WC 787/WS 662/OIF 662/PMB 386
Bless the Feast GP 532/GC 752
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation WOR 617/RS 778/GC 662/CBW 430/WC 783/JS 780/OIF 664/PMB 384/SS 964
Christians, Lift Up Your Hearts CBW 585
Church of God RS 783/GC 664/GP 571/CBW 581/PMB 381
Church of God, Elect and Glorious JS 533/MI-BB 417/OIF 663/SS 961
Come, Host of Heaven's High Dwelling Place GC 751
For Builders Bold RS 891
Gather Us In WOR 665/RS 850/GC 744/CBW 587/WC 909/MI-BB 302/WS 758/SS 1002
Gather Your People GP 529/JS 798/MI-BB 314
God Is Here! As We His People WOR 667/RS 844/GC 741/WC 906/OIF 809/PMB 463/JS 796/SS 1010
*God Is Our Fortress and Our Rock (Ps) WOR 575, 576
God, Who at the Font Once Named Us (1,2) WC 818
How Blessed Is This Place WOR 710/RS 893/JS 534
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place MI-BB 692/JS 581/GP 488/WS 383/SS 1112/WC 450/OIF 264
*I Saw Water Flowing/Vidi Aquam (1) JS 174, 543/OIF 176/PMB 112/WC 383/WS 324/MI-BB 941
I Was Glad LMGM 303
Let All the World in Every Corner Sing WOR 536
Let Us Go to the Altar GP 539/JS 800/MI-BB 315
Moved by the Gospel, Let Us Move RS 801/GC 685/SS 977
O Christ, the Great Foundation WOR 618/RS 781, 782/CBW 527/SS 958
Only Begotten, Word of God Eternal WOR 666/RS 852
Out of Darkness—Walker JS 765/GC 689/GP 574/MI-BB 516
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow LMGM 306/WS 779/MI-BB 552/SS 902/OIF 829
Priestly People WC 946/WS 659/OIF 669/PMB 383
Sing a New Church GP 572/MI-BB 416
Springs of Water, Bless the Lord BB 187/WC 382/OIF 503
Streams of Living Water (1) JS 254
The Church's One Foundation (2) MI-BB 420/CBW 526/WC 789/GP 573/GC 661/JS 779/WS 660/OIF 671/PMB 385/SS 959
This Alone GP 621/JS 689/MI-BB 403
Those Who Seek Your Face GP 447/JS 128
What Is This Place WOR 709/RS 892/GC 748/GP 538/JS 799/MI-BB 313
*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