Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Mary: Image of promises fulfilled.

Micah 5:1-4a. Bethlehem, birthplace of the Shepherd-King, David, is invoked as a promise of the coming messiah who will take his place as the ideal king.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (79) 80. This communal lament, at a time of great national suffering, invokes the memories of God's great deeds as the basis for asking God to intervene once more to save “the vine” that is the chosen people.

God of Hosts, Bring Us Back   PSL C-11/SS 275
God of Hosts, Bring Us Back (Dean/Somerville) CBW 28
Lord, Come (Page)   SS 744
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Guimont) RS 108/GC2 947/G3 1002/LPMG 18
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Haugen), vss 1-3   GC 75/GC2 47/RS 107
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Hughes) W3 777/W4 1012/LPGG 10
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Hunstiger)   SS 559
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Keil) JS3 60
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Roberts)   LMGM2 792
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Schaffer)  PMB 565
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Schiavone)   JS2 889/LP 19
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Smith)  GP 221
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Waddell) WC 449
Save Us, O Lord (Dufford)  GP 301/MI-BB 666/JS2 555

Hebrews 10:5-10. This passage introduced into Christian thought the idea of a “first” and “second” covenant, the second based in fidelity to God's will, not in strict observance of the Torah. (In fact, “fidelity to God's will” seems to have been Jesus' own interpretation of the First Testament: It is a call to do God's will under all circumstances, with the Torah as the description of the best way to be faithful.)

Luke 1:39-45. Mary's visit to Elizabeth leads to a prophetic statement by the older woman that Mary is the mother of the Lord, the one who believed in the Lord's promise.

Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy

Advent Gathering Song (G)   GC2 338/G3 405/SS 714
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (G) GC 787/RS 897
Alma Redemptoris Mater (G)   JS2 488/JS3 471
Ave Maria (G) W3 713/W4 902/LMGM 95/LMGM2 733/WC 998/JS2 493,504/JS3 483,486/GC 785,789/GC2 772,774/G3 887,891/RS 896,898/GP 429/MI-BB 709,716/PMB 532/SS 1030,1043
Awake, Awake, and Greet the New Morn (1 ,2)  W3 360/W4 406/RS 494/GC 346/GC2 351/G3 423/CBW 303/WC 495/WS 436/SS 757   
Behold a Virgin Bearing Him (G) WC 514/PMB 203/WS 438
Canticle of the Turning (G) GC 556/GC2 527/G3 622/RS 678/W4 624
Christ, Circle Round Us (O Antiphons) JS3 284/BB 54
Come, O Long Expected Jesus (1,2 ,G)  W3 364/W4 394/CBW 300,306/LMGM 5/LMGM2 238/BB 39/RS 496/GC 323/GC2 345/G3 403/GP 309/WC 489/JS2 328/JS3 296/PMB 189/WS 441/SS 717
Emmanuel (1,G)  PMB 193/LMGM2 234/JS3 299/WC 494/WS 443/BB 55
Hail Mary (G) LMGM 98/GC 782/GC2 772/G3 891/RS 896/MI-BB 716/PMB 528/WC 1000, 1004/WS 835,837
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (G) GP 426/GC 782/GC2 779/G3 889/JS2 489/JS3 481/MI-BB 703/WC 1000/WS 835
Highly Favored One (G) CBW 459
Holy Mary, Full of Grace (G) CBW 461
Immaculate Mary (G)  W3 708/W4 893/GP 430/LMGM 99/LMGM2 732/CBW 463/WC 1005/BB 203/JS2 535/JS3 512/RS 890/GC 790/GC2 783/G3 886/PMB 530/WS 832/SS 1033
*Let the Clouds Rain Down the Just One (E)   BFW 10/SS 674
Let the King of Glory Come (O Antiphons)   JS2 320/JS3 285/BB 63/GP299
Lift Up Your Heads (2,G)  W3 363/JS2 330/JS3 286/WC 977/BB 75/PMB 515/GC2 543/SS 730
Like a Shepherd (G)  GP 708/CBW 490/JS2 648/JS3 622/GC 325/GC2 332/G3 402/MI-BB 617
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (1,G)  W3 374/W4 438/LMGM 24/LMGM2 263/JS2 338/JS3 302/GP 320/GC2 373/G3 451/BB 93/WC 526/PMB 210/WS 469/SS 763
Magnificat/Canticle of Mary (2)   W3 15,87,88,534,553/W4 16,120,121,122,123,124,613/LMGM2 44,689/WC 488,486,223,701/MI-BB 706,713,830,831,832,/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/JS3 11,120,121,474,480,487/PMB 9,180,181,182/WS 423,568/SS 371,1035
Maranatha–Westphal (O Antiphons)  BB 70 
Maranatha, Come (O Antiphons)   GC2 335/G3 410/SS 746
Maranatha, Lord Messiah (O Antiphons)   GC2 324/G3 397/W4 412/SS 721
My Soul in Stillness Waits – vss 1-4 (O Antiphons)   RS 495/GC 328/GC2 324/G3 415/W4 404/SS 587
O Come, Divine Messiah (1,2)  W3 367/W4 387/CBW 310/JS2 316/JS3 279/BB 51/WC 497/RS 479/GC 333/GC2 333/G3 401/PMB 195/WS 435/SS 735
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (O Antiphons)  W3 357/W4 386/JS2 311/JS3 274/CBW 312/LMGM 3/LMGM2 231/GP 293/BB 38/WC 496/RS 493/GC 317/GC2 323/G3 495/PMB 184/WS 439/SS 732
*O Heavens, Let the Just One Come (E)   IH 4
O Holy Mary (G)  MI-BB 712/JS2 494/JS3 511
*Open, You Skies (E)   PSL C-10/SS 377
Savior of the Nations, Come (1,2,G)  W3 372/W4 388/JS2 321/RS 480/GC 334/GC2 348/G3 421/WC 503/SS 727
See How the Virgin Waits  (G)  JS2 331/BB 46
Servant of the Word (G)  CBW 467
Sing of Mary (G)  W3 404/W4 444/GP 432/MI-BB 711/LMGM 100/LMGM2 271/JS2 490/JS3 472/WC 1009/RS 528/GC 783/GC2 778/G3 457/PMB 538/WS 838/SS 1031
Take Comfort, God's People (1)  W3 361
Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord (G)  W3 534/CBW 575
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (1,G)  W3 695/W4 875/CBW 316/GP 441/JS2 513/JS3 280/BB 42
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (G)  W3 405/W4 447/CBW 464/JS2 514/JS3 493/SS 1027
The King of Glory (G)  W3 501/W4 565/LMGM2 341/JS2 487/JS3 470/MI-BB 738/RS 628/GC 486/GC2 494/G3 572/GP 423/WS 636
*Unexpected and Mysterious (G) W4 407
*When to Mary, the Word (G)   W4 898/HG 144


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #
A Tender Shoot Goldschmidt, O. CPDL G
Advent Supplication (SATB) Hopson Morning Star Music G
Angel Gabriel, The BASQUE CAROL (SATB, Flute & Oboe, opt. 2 Violins, Bassoon) setting by Schroeder, Hermann Concordia (98-2381) * G

Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SSATTB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (unison)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SSAATTBB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)

Arcadelt, Jacob
Biebl, Franz

Arista AD527
OCP/Trinitas 4547
Morning Star Music
E.C. Schurmer
H. W. Gray
GIA (G-1528)
Hinshaw (HMC-1255)
EC Schurmer/MSM 4729


Ave Maris Stella Victoria GIA G
Blessed Is the People (SATB) Wiscomb, Jeff Boston Music (13935) PS
Creator Alme Siderum (SATB) Praetorius GIA 2903 G
Creator of the Stars of Night (Unison)
Creator of the Stars of Night (Unison)
Creator of the Stars of Night (SATB)
Creator of the Stars of Night (SB)
Creator of the Stars of Night (SATB)
H. W Gray
Morning Start
E. C. Schirmer
Morning Star 50-0430
Diffusa Est Gratia Nanini CPDL G
Dixit Maria (SATB)
Dixit Maria (SATB)
Dixit Maria (SATB)
Dixit Maria ad Angelum (SATB, Latin/English)
Hassler, Hans Leo
Hassler, Hans Leo
Hassler/Thompson, J. Michael
Arista (AE 288)
Belwin Mills
World Library (WLP 5791)
Dove Flew Down from Heaven, A (SATB) Brahms, J Oxford (from “Second Motet Book, p. 16) G
Drop Down Ye Heavens from Above (SATB) Cassler, G. Winston Augsburg (ACL 1342) * E
Drop Down, Ye Heavens from “Oxford Easy Anthem Book,” (2-part, organ) Statham, Heathcote Oxford E
Ecce Concipes Handl CPDL – I.C. G
Festival Magnificat (SATB, Organ, Brass) Proulx, Richard Selah (410-866) G
God Sent Forth His Son (SATB) Gibbs, Allen Abingdon (APM-966) G
Hodie! Emmanuel! Gloria! (SATB) Price, Milburn Hinshaw (HMC-157) G
Hymn to the Queen of Heaven Healey E.C. Schirmer G
Let All Mortal Flesh (SATB)
Let All Mortal Flesh (SATB)
Let All Mortal Flesh (SATB)
Davis, Katherine K. (arr.)
Belwin Mills (64176)
Let All Mortal Flesh (SATB, opt. Organ) Somary, Johannes (arr.) GIA (G-1614) G
Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates Amner, J. CPDL 2, G
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (SATB) Distler, Hugo Augsburg in “Chantry Choirbook” (0800657772) 1
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB, SAB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (SATB)
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (Six A cappella Christmas Carols) (SATB)
von Herzogenberger
Distler, Hugo
Praetorius, M/arr. Overby
Concordia 98-2216
St. James Press
St. James Press
Arista (AE109)
Augsburg (11-1036)
Magnificat (SATB/SATB) Pachelbel, Charles Theodore C. F. Peters (6087) G
Magnificat (SSAA, Soprano Solo, Oboe, Maracas) Ellingboe, Bradley Kjos (KJO 6274) G
Magnificat (SSA) R. Thompson arr. Seitz E. C. Schirmer G
Maria Walks Amid the Thorn White St. James Press G
Mary Went Up to Hill Country (SATB, Organ) Schalk, Carl Concordia (98-3172) * G
Mary's Magnificat (SATB) Carter, Andrew Oxford (X299) G
Mary's Salutation (SSATB) Eccard, Johannes Oxford (A-254) G
My Soul Exalts Your Name, O Lord (SATB, Keyboard) Schütz, Heinrich/Farlee, Robert B. Augsburg (080067524X) * G
My Soul Gives Glory to the Lord (SATB, Keyboard, Children, opt. Flute or Handbells) Schalk, Carl MorningStar (MSM 50-1058) G
Ne Timas Maria Victoria CPDL G
O Emmanuel Stainer, J. CPDL  
O Sanctissima Beethoven/Thatcher MSM G
Over the Hills Young Mary Hastes (SSATB, English/German) Eccard, Johannes/Cherwin, Susan P. MorningStar (MSM-50-1704) G
Prepare! (SB) Pote, Allen Choristers Guild (CGA-705) G
Rorando Coeli (SATB/SATB) Blahnik Alliance Publications E
Rorate Coeli (SATB)
Rorate Caeli (SSAATTBB)
Rorate Coeli (SATB)
Rorate Coeli (SATB/divisi)
Rorate Coeli (SATB/divisi)
E.C. Schirmer
Green Bushes Publishing
Seven Joys of Mary, The (SATRB) King, Stephen Oxford (X-305) G
Song of Mary (Annunciation) Brahms, J. Choral Arts Publishers (FXCX 194) G
Virgin Born, We Bow Before You (SATB) Chepponis, James GIA (G-3296) G
Your Love, O Lord, Forever Will I Sing (SATB, Organ) Hallock, Peter GIA (G-2078) PS