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 important titles given to Mary. The title is 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. This day is also the World Day of Prayer for Peace.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

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 is true of 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
May God Bless Us (Alstott)   BB
May God Bless Us (Batastini/Gelineau)  WOR 783/WOR4 1020/RS 95/LPGG 785
May God Bless Us (Guimont)   GC2 936/RS 94/LPMG 18
May God Bless Us (Hunstiger)   SS
May God Bless Us (Kogut) PCY10 28
May God Bless Us (Kraehenbuehl)   PMB 573/PRM A11
May God Bless Us (Schiavone)   JS2 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. 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."

Songs for the Liturgy
*A Blessing (1)  WC 766/WS/PMB 471
*A Light Will Shine (E)   PSL A-13/SS
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (G)  RS 897
Ave Maria (G)  WOR 713/WOR4 902/GC2 772, 774/G3 887, 891/MI-BB/RS 896, 898/GP 429/WC 972/PMB 532/JS2 493, 504/SS
Blessed One   WS
Bwana Awabariki/May God Grant You a Blessing (1)  LMGM 155
By God Kept Pure   WS
Carol at the Manger (G)   GC2 354/G3 443/RS 516
Child of Mercy (G)   RS 506/GC2 368/G3 431/SS
*Hail, Holy Mother (E)   IH 10
Hail Mary (G)   LMGM 98/GC2 772/G3 891/RS 896/MI-BB/PMB 528/WC 972, 978/WS
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (G)  GP 426/JS2 489/GC2 779/G3 889/MI-BB/WC 974/WS
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (2)  WOR 387/WOR4 414/JS2 345/CBW 323/WC 490/GP 317/LMGM 13/BB/GC2 356/G3 424/RS 502/WS/PMB 199/SS
I Sing a Maid (G)  GC2 777/G3 458/CBW 462/RS 899
*Jesus Christ, the Same (C)   PSL A-22/SS
*Jesus Christ, Yesterday, Today and Forever (C)   WOR4 843/RS 679/GC2 730/G3 847/SS
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (G)  WOR 374/WOR4 438/GP 320/LMGM 24/BB/JS2 338/WC 497/GC2 373/G3 451/WS/PMB 210/SS
*Lord, Today (E)   RS 536/GC2 385/G3 464/GP 338
Magnificat/Canticle of Mary (2)  WOR 15, 87, 88, 534, 553/WOR4 120, 121, 124, 613/WC 208, 223, 455, 456, 458/MI-BB/RS 17, 209, 210, 211, 656, 675/GP 163, 291, 292, 427, 428, 433, 434, 436/GC2 13, 84, 522, 773, 782/G3 16, 101, 102, 892, 894/CBW 14I, 575, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678/JS2 11, 119, 120, 495, 501, 503, 505/PMB 9, 180, 181, 182/WS/SS
Mary, First among Believers (G)   G3 893/WOR4 897
Mary, Full of Grace (G)  MI-BB
Mary, Woman of the Promise (2,G)  CBW 465/MI-BB/JS2 496/SS
*May God Bless and Keep You (1,Ps)  JS2 827/MI-BB/GP 623
*May God Bless You (1,Ps)  JS2 566/MI-BB/GP 467
*May the Lord, Mighty God (1,Ps)  RS 721/WOR4 671
O Chosen One (2,G)  GP 435
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (New Year)  WOR 579/WOR4 689/CBW 644/GP 613/LMGM 230/MI-BB/JS2 705/WC 842/GC2 588/G3 688/RS 735/WS/PMB 435/SS
O Holy Mary (G)  JS2 494/MI-BB
Of the Father's Love Begotten (2)  WOR 398/WOR4 415/CBW 330/JS2 349/WC 487/BB/GC2 374/G3 427/RS 510/PMB 211/WS/SS
Salamu Maria  LMGM 98
She Will Show Us the Promised One (G)  WC 985/PMB 539
Sing of Mary (G)  WOR 404/WOR4 444/GP 432/LMGM 100/MI-BB/JS2 490/WC 983/GC2 778/G3 457/RS 528/WS/PMB 538/SS
Song of Mary   JS2 498/MI-BB
Stainless the Maiden (G)  WC 981/WS
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (2,G)  WOR 405/WOR4 447/CBW 464/JS2 514/SS
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (G)   GC2 378/G3 454/RS 501/HG 21
There Is Nothing Told (G)  GP 431/MI-BB/JS2 502
Virgin Born, We Bow before You (G)  WOR 403/WOR4 445/RS 527
What Child Is This (G)  WOR 411/WOR4 454/CBW 338/GP 337/LMGM 29/BB/JS2 365/WC 522/GC2 387/G3 466/RS 530/WS/PMB 216/SS

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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
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
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
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 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 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
What Child Is This?  (SATB) Warland, Dale (arr.) Jenson Publications
(419-23-44, Vol. 1)
G

* out of print

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