SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER/DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY C Lectionary #45
Beginning on this Sunday, the second reading for each Sunday of the Easter Season is taken from Revelation. Preachers may want to pay some attention to this set of readings, especially because of the way Revelation is misinterpreted in our days as a book that gives clues to the end of the world. Musicians may want to attend to it by planning to use music that has an eschatological tone, and even to use some selections that incorporate the hymn texts found in Revelation, esp. Rev. 19:1-7, which is used at evening prayer.
Though this Sunday bears the additional title “Divine Mercy,” the devotion to the Divine Mercy should not be incorporated into Mass, nor should the readings and other texts for the Octave/Second Sunday of Easter be replaced, nor should the image of the Divine Mercy be displayed in the sanctuary during Mass. Because the devotion is not required of the faithful, no one should be forced to take part in it who may not want to. The service might take place, however, at a time apart from the regular Mass schedule.

Acts 5:12-16. Each year, in the first readings of the Easter Season, we hit the highlights of Luke's account of life in the early Church. Here, the text describes the unique role of Peter and the awe in which he was held, even by non-believers.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (117) 118
As noted for Easter Sunday, this individual song of thanksgiving becomes for us Jesus' own celebration of the resurrection and our assurance that the "rejected stone" of the crucified Christ has become the "cornerstone" of our faith.

Dad Gracias al Señor (Taulé) FYC 259
Den Gracias al Señor (Cortés) Cantos 76
Alleluia PSL C-75/SS
Give Thanks to the Lord (Alstott) JS 96
Give Thanks to the Lord (Boschetti/Fowler) CBW 91
Give Thanks to the Lord (Guimont) GC2 988/LPMG 43
Give Thanks to the Lord (Hopson) PRM C57/PMB 618
Give Thanks to the Lord (Schiavone) JS 923/LP 66
Give Thanks to the Lord (Smith) GP 264/MI‑BB 811
Give Thanks to the Lord (Waddell/Gelineau) WOR 838/WOR4 94/RS 159/LPGG 843

Suggested Common Psalm: Ps (117) 118
See suggestions for Easter Sunday.

Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19. The introduction to the final book of the Christian Bible places John in exile on the island of Patmos, where he has a vision on a Sunday. The imagery is drawn from various apocalyptic books of the Hebrew Bible. Jesus appears as the Christ in a cosmic role, holding the keys of death and invoking the role of the Creator as the “first and the last, the one who lives.”

John 20:19-31. In John, the resurrection appearance to the disciples happens on Easter Sunday evening, when Christ appears bringing a gift that the Bible says comes directly from God: peace, shalom. Not only does he bring this gift, Christ shares with the disciples the divine Spirit, through whom sins are forgiven. One week later, when Thomas has joined the group, Jesus points out the key role of faith, especially for all who were not eyewitnesses to the events of his death and resurrection.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems


Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy
See also suggestions for Easter Sunday, many of which are appropriate on any Sunday of the Easter Season.

A Living Hope (1) CBW 613/PMB 284
Alive in Christ Jesus (2) GC 799
Alleluia! Alleluia! Let the  Holy Anthem Rise (Smith) SPS 178
*As Newborn Infants (E) IH 23
At the Lamb’s High Feast (2) PMB 271/WC 593/WOR 459, 460/WOR4 512/CBW 375/GP 394/GC 433/GC2 463/JS 424/RS 578/BB 169/WS 517/G3 536
Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death (G) RS 729/WOR 586/WOR4 915/WC 827/WS 693
Baptized in Living Waters (2,G) PMB 386/WC 787/WS 662
Baptized in Water (2,G) WOR 720/WOR4 919/GC 798/GC2 797/RS 903/CBW 614/JS 542/PMB 286/WC 635/WS 552/MI-BB 654/G3 903
Bread of Life from Heaven/Pan de Vida Eterna (G) GC2 803/G3 943
Christ Has Risen (G) GC 451/GC2 465/G3 530
Christ, Our King before Creation (G) CBW 499
Church of God (1) RS 783/GC 664/GP 571/CBW 581/PMB 381
Crown Him with Many Crowns (G) WOR 496/WOR4 571/CBW 437/GP 420/MI‑BB 156/LMGM 68/PMB 359/WC 749/RS 626/GC 485/GC2 489/JS 480/WS 641/G3 574
Do Not Be Afraid (G) JS 731/GP 630
*Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether (1) WOR 731/WOR4 937/RS 917/JS 797
Eye Has Not Seen (G) MI‑BB 457/RS 758/GC 638/GC2 616/CBW 482/WC 881/WS 736/G3 728
Father, We Thank Thee (1) WOR 558/WOR4 631/CBW 528/RS 705/GC 568/GC2 547/PMB 316/WC 6560/WS 560/SS
Glory and Praise to Our God (G) GP 671/MI‑BB 540/RS 696/GC 522/GC2 537/WC 936/JS 596/WS 783/G3 606
He Comes to Us as One Unknown (G) WOR 573/WOR4 675
*He Walks among the Golden Lamps (2) WOR 684
Healer of Our Every Ill (G) RS 958/GC 882/GC2 854/WC 713/WS 616/G3 960
Holy, Holy, Holy Cry  SPS 183
I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord (1) WOR 726/WOR4 926/CBW 424/PMB 320/WC 913/RS 854/GC 806/GC2 799/WS 597/G3 919
If You Believe and I Believe (G) RS 825/GC 722//GC2 708/JS 839/G3 818/WOR4 803
Is Your All on the Altar (G) LMGM 277
Jesus Christ, by Faith Revealed (G) PMB 369/WC 759/WS 640
Jesus I Trust In You   SPS 316
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You (G) WOR 525/WOR4 611/GP 693/MI‑BB 548/RS 669/GC 528/GC2 520/CBW 511/JS 617/PMB 497/WC 945/WS 780/G3 614
*Like Newborn Children (E) PSL C-74/SS
Mighty to Save   SPS 332
No Longer Strangers (1) GC 734
Now the Feast and Celebration (2) RS 853/GC 742
*O Love of God Incarnate, v 3 (G) JS 410
*O Sons and Daughters (G) WOR 447/WOR4 507/LMGM 60/CBW 404/BB 173/RS 579/GC 423/GC2 446/PMB 274/WC 608/JS 420/GP 379/WS 515/G3 532
*Our God Reigns, v 5 (G) WC 942/WS 790
*Peace (G) MI‑BB/PMB 462/WC 904/JS 741/GP 649
Peace for Our Times (G) PMB 455/WC 902/WS 750
Peace with the Father (G) WOR 660/WOR4 820
Praise the Spirit in Creation (1,G) WOR 477/WOR4 542/RS 609
Prayer of Peace (G) GC 729/GC2 720/G3 821
*Put Your Hand Here, Thomas (G,C) PSL C-76/SS
Rejoice, the Lord Is King (2) WOR 493/WOR4 564/LMGM 93/RS 627/GC 487/GC2 493/PMB 355/JS 478/WC 762/WS 635/MI-BB 728/G3 568
Sent Forth by God's Blessing (G) PMB 474, 475/WC 925,926/MI‑BB 387/CBW 533/JS 768/GP 588/WS 767
Shalom, My Friends (G) PMB 456/WC 899/WS 754
*Show Me Your Hands, Your Feet, Your Side (G,C) HG 109
Sing a New Church (E) MI-BB 413/GC2 644/G3 743
Sing of the Lord's Goodness (Ps) JS 605/MI‑BB 557/GC 547/GC2 532/GP 690/G3 610
Sing to the Mountains (Ps) GP 673/GC 435/GC2 452/MI‑BB 546/JS 601/RS 590/G3 519
*Take and Eat, vss 2,6 (G) RS 910/GC 831/GC2 812/CBW 611/WC 686/WS 584/G3 950/WOR4 940
*That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright (G) WOR 457/WOR4 514/RS 599/GC 445/GC2 461/CBW 392/G3 542
The Spirit of God (G) PMB 399/WC 832/GC 458/WS 687
The Strife Is O’er (2) WOR 451/LMGM 64/RS 587/GC 446/GC2 459/CBW 395/JS 431/GP 384/PMB 257/WC 589/WS 528/MI-BB 566/G3 525
Thine Be the Glory, v 3 (G) WC 596/WS 518
This Is the Day (Ps) GC 449/CBW 592/GP 397/PMB 269/WC 611/SS
This Is the Day When Light Was First Created (G) WOR 663/RS 842/GC 746
This Is the Feast of Victory (2) WOR 458/WC 972/MI‑BB/RS 583/GC 429/GC2 458/CBW 396/PMB 489/JS 428/G3 520
We Belong to You  SPS 368
We Know That Christ Is Raised (2) WOR 721/RS 906/CBW 398/WC 615/SS
We Remember (1,G) MI‑BB 497/WC 691/RS 724/GC 593/GC2 578/WS 561/G3 681/WOR4 938
*We Walk by Faith (2,G) WOR 572/WOR4 674/MI‑BB 490/PMB 416/WC 847/RS 723/GC 590/GC2 583/CBW 495/JS 700/WS 705/G3 680
We've Come This Far by Faith (G) LMGM 225
*Without Seeing You (2,G) GC 844/GC2 842/G3 922
World Peace Prayer (G) GC 732/GC2 718/G3 827
You Are the Voice (2) GC 549/GC2 538/CBW 576/G3 609

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Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
2 Motets from “Resurrexi” (SATB, Organ)  Near, Gerald  Paraclete (PPM 9108)  C
Awake, Arise, Go Forth and Rejoice (Unison, Piano/Organ)  Leaf, Robert  Augsburg (11-1580)  P
Be Glad and Rejoice (SATB, Organ/Piano,  opt. Jr. Choir, Flute, Indian drum)  Goemanne, Noel  Flammer (A-5645)  P
Be Joyful in the Lord (SS, Organ)  Couperin, François  Concordia (98-1734)  P
Because You Have Seen Me, Thomas  (Quia Vidisti Me, Thoma) (SATB)  Marenzio, Luca  Concordia (98-2617) G
Blest are the Eyes that have not Seen You Gramann E.C. Schirmer G
Blessed Are They (SATB, opt. accompaniment)  Pasquet, Jean  B. F. Wood (765)  G
Blessed Are They (SATB, opt. accompaniment)  Pasquet, Jean  Mills (44-765)  G
Dies ist der Tag, den der Herr Macht  (SSB or SS, 2 Violins, Organ continuo, German)  Telemann, G. P.  Hannsler (HE 39.010)  P
Easter 2 from “Verses for the Easter Season” (SATB)  Willan, Healey/Guenther  Concordia (98-3057U31) C
Easter Carol (2-part, Keyboard/Organ, Flute)  Proulx, Richard  GIA (G-4465)  G
Give Thanks to the Lord (Unison, Keyboard)  Felciano, Richard  E. C. Schirmer (2804)  P
Glory of Christ, The (SATB, Organ/Keyboard,  Handbells, opt Brass)  Scott, K. Lee  Concordia (98-2982) 2
Haec Dies (SATB, Latin/English)  Ingegneri, Marc A.  Arista (A 293)  P
Haec Dies (SATB, opt. Organ/Keyboard, Latin only)  Palestrina, G. P.  Oxford (#n.a.)  P
Haec Dies (SATB, opt. Organ/Keyboard, Latin/English)  Palestrina, G. P./Dower, C.A.  Alexander Broude (AB 752)  P
Haec Dies (SATB, opt. Organ/Keyboard, Latin/English)  Palestrina, G. P./Pizarro, David  H. W. Gray (CMR 2688)  P
Haec Dies (SATB, Organ/keyboard, Latin only)  Arcadelt, Jacob  J. W. Chester (55127)  P
Haec Dies (SATB/SATB, Keyboard/Organ, Latin/English)  Handl, Jacob/Simkin, C.F.  C. F. Peters (1523)  P
Haec Dies (SSATTB, a capella, Latin only)  Palestrina, G.P.  Arista (AE144)  P
Haec Dies (SSATTB, a capella, Latin only)  Palestrina, G.P.  Oxford (A 293)  P
Haec Dies (SSATTB, opt. Organ/Keyboard, Latin/English)  Palestrina, G.P./Marshall, Charles  Franck Music (F 585)  P
Haec Dies (SSATTB, Organ/Keyboard)  Byrd, William    H. W. Gray (CMR 3093)  P
Haec Dies (SSATTB, Organ/Keyboard)  Byrd, William    Oxford (#n.a.)  P
Haec Dies (SSATTB, Organ/Keyboard, Latin, English)  Byrd, William/Nott, David  Concordia (98-2091)  P
Haec Dies (SSATTB, Organ/Keyboard, Latin/English)  Byrd, William    Novello (TM 24)  P
Hymn of Promise (2-part, Keyboard)  Sleeth, Natalie  Hope (A580)  G
I Am Alpha and Omega (SATB, Organ)  Thiman, Eric  Novello (MW-25) 2
Jesus, Son of God Most High  (Unison, opt. desc., Piano, Flute, opt. Guitar, opt. Bass)  Lindy, Jody and Cox, Joe  Choristers Guild (CGA-377)  G
Let Us Be Happy (SAB, Organ, Triangle)  Leaf, Robert  Augsburg (11-0661)  P
Lord Is Risen Indeed, The (SATB)  Billings, William  Concordia (98-3273)  G
O Sons and Daughters of the King (SAB, Organ, opt. Trumpet)  Hillert, Roichard  Concordia (98-3117  G
O Sons and Daughters, O FILII ET FILIAE  (SATB, Organ, Brass Quartet)  Gehring, Philip  Concordiaq (97-6077)  G
O Sons and Daughters, O FILII ET FILIAE  (SATB, Tambourine, 8 Handbells)  arr. by Ferguson, John  GIA (G-4547)  G
O Sons and Daughters, O FILII ET FILIAE (SATB)  arr. by Tortolano, William  GIA (G-2569)  G
O Sons and Daughters, O FILII ET FILIAE (Unison or SATB)  arr. by Proulx, Richard  GIA (G-4552)  G
Peace Be Unto You (2-part equal voices, Organ)  Bender, Jan  Concordia (98-2086)  G
Peace Be Unto You (SATB, Organ)  Nystedt, Knut  Augsburg (1455)  G
Peace Be Unto You (SATB, Organ)  Walter, Samuel  Abingdon (APM-279)  G
Peace Be Unto You (SATB, Organ)  Wetzler, Robert  AMSI (178)  G
Peace I Leave with You (SATB)  Pelz, Walter  Augsburg (0800645650) also in The Augsburg Choirbook (0800656784)  G
Peace I Leave with You (SATB, Organ/Keyboard)  Perti, Giacomo/Hopson, Hal H.  GIA (G-4388)  G
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem (SATB, Keyboard) Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem (SAB, Organ)  Maunder, J. H.  Novello (577) Presser (312-40533)  P
Quia Vidisti Me, Thoma (SATB, opt. keyboard, Latin only)  Hassler, Hans Leo/Martens, Mason  Concordia (98-1741)  G
Quia Vidisti Me, Thoma/Because You Have Seen Me, Thomas  (SATB, Latin/English)  Marenzio, Luca  Concordia (98-2617)  G
Receive the Holy Spirit (SATB, Organ)  Hillert, Richard  Concordia (98-1675)  G
Rejoice (Unision, Keyboard)  Watson, Walter  Choristers Guild (CGA102) P
Stetit Jesu (SATB)  Handl, Jacob/Heider, Anne  GIA (G-2460)  G
Stetit Jesu (SATB)  Regnart  Chester in “The First Chester  Book of Motets” G
Surgens Jesu (SATB)  Monteverdi, Claudio  Oxford Anthems,Vol. 3, p. 25  G
Surgens Jesu (SATB, Organ)  Phillips  Oxford New Anthems, p. 436  G
That Easter Day (PUER NOBIS NASCITUR)  (2 equal voices, Keyboard)  arr. by Ferguson, John  Choristers Guild (CGA 1016)  G
That Easter Day (PUER NOBIS NASCITUR) (SATB, Keyboard)  arr. by Bumgarner, Burton  GIA (G-4433)  G
This is the Day (3-part round)  Parker, Alice  Hinshaw (HMC 106)  P
This is the Day (SATB, Organ/Keyboard)  Anonymous  Oxford (A-173)  P
This is the Day (SATB, Organ/Keyboard)  Christiansen, Paul  AMSI (300)  P
This is the Day (SATB, Organ/Keyboard)  Titcomb, Everett  Abingdon (APM-208)  P
This is the Day (SATB/SATB & Continuo  or SATB/Brass, Latin/English)  Gallus, Jacobus  Concordia (98-1702)  P
This is the Day from “Easter Cantata (SATB, Piano or Brass)  Pinkham, Daniel  C.F. Peters (6393)  P
This is the Day the Lord Created (SATB, Organ, Latin/English)  Geisler, J.C./Nolte, E.  Boosey & Hawkes (5692) P
This is the Day the Lord Has Made (SAB, Keyboard)  Near, Gerald  Augsburg (11-1620)  P
This is the Day the Lord Has Made (SATB, Organ, Brass)  Ferris, William  Paraclete (PPM 0202)  P
This is the Day the Lord Has Made (Unison)  Gieseke, Henry V.  Concordia (98-2754)  P
This is the Day Which the Lord Hath Made (SAB, Organ)  Ford, Virgil T.  G. Schirmer (11503)  P
This is the Day Which the Lord Hath Made (SATB, Organ)  Ford, Virgil T.  G. Schirmer (11272)  P
Verses for the Easter Season, Easter 2 (SATB)  Willan, H./Guenther  Concordia (98-3057)  G
We Have Seen the Lord (SATB, Soprano Solo, Organ)  Wetzler, Robert  Augsburg (#n.a.)  G
We Walk By Faith (SATB, Piano, opt. 4 oct handbells, flute)  Helman, Michael  Augsburg (0800659759)  G
We Walk By Faith, DUNLAP’S CREEK (SATB)  Kosche, Kenneth, T.  MorningStar (MSM 50-6031) G
Words of Saint Peter (SATB, Tape & Organ)  Felciano, Richard  WLP (GA-2093-8) E

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