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 this year might use the readings and prayers for the memorial at a special Mass at a time near November 22 (Thanksgiving Day this year) with the Mass prayers “For a Spiritual or Pastoral Gathering.”

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.

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.

Bendigo al Señor (Schiavone) FYC 517
Gusten y Vean (Cortes) GP 201
Gusten y Vean (Garcia) FYC 518
Gusten y Vean (Rubalcava) Cantos del Pueblo de Dios (WLP) 61
I Will Always Thank the Lord (Soper) GP 202
I Will Bless the Lord (Gouin) G 44/GC 46
I Will Bless the Lord (Tate) WC 402
I Will Bless the Lord at All Times (chant) By Flowing Waters 437, 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 Give Thanks to You (Englert) WC 404
O Taste and See (Isele) LMGM 541
Taste and See (Dean) GP 200/JS 576/RS 72
Taste and See (Guimont) RS 71
Taste and See (Haugen) GC 47/GC2 34/RS 70
Taste and See (Hurd) GP 199
Taste and See (Proulx/Gelineau) RS 73/WOR 36

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 464/RS 697/WC 957/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 367/RS 733/WC 841
I’ll Be Singing Up There LMGM 148
Joyful, Joyful We Adore You CH 581/GC 528/GC2 520/GP 693/JS 379/LMGM 197/RS 69/WC 918/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: Alleluia, Praise Be to God (Cortez) JS 486
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 452
Salmo 150: Aleluya, Alabad al Señor FYC 578
Sing, O Sing GP 689/JS 678
Sing of the Lord’s Goodness G 373/GC 547/GC2 532/GP 690/JS 531
Sing, People of God WC 923
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 164/RS 489/WC 462/WOR 371
When in Our Music God Is Glorified CH 583/GC 560, 561/GC2 539/JS 469/RS 665, 680/WC 926/WOR 549