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
God of Hosts, Bring Us Back (Dean/Somerville) CBW 28
Lord, Come (Page) SS
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Alstott) BB
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Guimont) RS 108/GC2 947/LPMG 12
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Haugen), vss 1‑3 GC 75/GC2 47/RS 107/PCY2 25
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Hughes/Gelineau) WOR 777/LPGG 767
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Hunstiger) SS
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Keil) MI-BB
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Kogut) PCY10 38
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Roberts) BB
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Schaffer) PRM C4/PMB 565/WS
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Schiavone) JS 889/LP 19
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Smith) GP 221
Save Us, O Lord (Dufford) GP 301/MI‑BB/JS 555
Señor, Restáuranos (Sosa) FYC 223

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/SS
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (G) GC 787/RS 897
Alma Redemptoris Mater (G) JS 488
Ave Maria (G) WOR 713/LMGM 95/WC 972/JS 493, 504/GC 785, 789/RS 896, 898/GP 429/MI‑BB/PMB 532/SS
Awake, Awake, and Greet the New Morn (1,2) WOR 360/RS 494/CBW 303/WC 465/WS/SS
Behold a Virgin Bearing Him (G) WC 485/PMB 203/WS
Canticle of the Turning (G) GC 556/GC2 527/RS 678
Christ, Circle Round Us (O Antiphons) BB
Come, O Long Expected Jesus (1,2,G) WOR 364/CBW 300, 306/LMGM 5/BB/RS 496/GC 323/GP 309/WC 459/JS 328/PMB 189/WS/SS
Emmanuel (1,G) WC 464/PMB 193/WS
Hail Mary (G) LMGM 98/GC 782/GC2 772/RS 896/MI‑BB/PMB 528/WC 978/WS
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (G) GP 426/GC 782/GC2 779/JS 489/MI‑BB/WC 974/WS
Highly Favored One (G) CBW 459
Holy Mary, Full of Grace (G) CBW 461
Immaculate Mary (G) WOR 708/GP 430/LMGM 99/CBW 463/WC 979/BB/JS 535/RS 890/GC 790/GC2 783/PMB 530/WS/SS
*Let the Clouds Rain Down the Just One (E) BFW 10/SS
Let the King of Glory Come (O Antiphons) JS 320/BB/GP299
Lift Up Your Heads (2,G) WOR 363/JS 330/WC 950/BB/PMB 515/GC2 543/SS
Like a Shepherd (G) GP 708/CBW 490/JS 648/GC 325/GC2 332/MI‑BB
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (1,G) WOR 374/LMGM 24/JS 338/GP 320/GC2 373/BB/WC 497/PMB 210/WS/SS
*Lord, Come and Save Us (Ps) GP 308
Magnificat/Canticle of Mary (2) WOR 15, 87, 88, 534, 553/WC 208, 223, 456, 458/MI‑BB/RS 17, 209, 210, 211, 656, 675/GP 163, 291, 292, 427, 428, 433, 434, 436/GC 14, 145, 146, 534, 788/GC2 13, 84, 522, 773, 782/CBW 14I, 575, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678/JS 11, 119, 120, 495, 501, 503, 505/PMB 9, 180, 181, 182/WS/SS
*Mary, Full of Grace (G) MI‑BB
Maranatha–Westphal (O Antiphons) BB
Maranatha, Come (O Antiphons) GC2 335/SS
Maranatha, Lord Messiah (O Antiphons) GC2 324/SS
My Soul in Stillness Waits – vss 1-4 (O Antiphons) RS 495/GC 328/GC2 324/SS
O Come, Divine Messiah (1,2) WOR 367/CBW 310/JS 316/BB/WC 467/RS 479/GC 333/GC2 333/PMB 195/WS/SS
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (O Antiphons) WOR 357/JS 311/CBW 312/LMGM 3/GP 293/BB/WC 466/RS 493/GC 317/GC2 323/PMB 184/WS/SS
*O Heavens, Let the Just One Come (E) IH 4
O Holy Mary (G) MI‑BB 721/JS 494
*Open, You Skies (E) PSL C-10/SS
Savior of the Nations, Come (1,2,G) WOR 372/JS 321/RS 480/GC 334/GC2 348/WC 473/SS
See How the Virgin Waits (G) JS 331/BB
Servant of the Word (G) CBW 467
Sing of Mary (G) WOR 404/GP 432/MI‑BB/LMGM 100/JS 490/WC 983/RS 528/GC 783/GC2 778/PMB 538/WS/SS
Take Comfort, God's People (1) WOR 361
Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord (G) WOR 534/CBW 575
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (1,G) WOR 695/CBW 316/GP 441/JS 513/BB
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (G) WOR 405/CBW 464/JS 514/SS
The King of Glory (G) WOR 501/JS 487/MI‑BB/WC 738/RS 628/GC 486/GC2 494/GP 423/WS
*When to Mary, the Word (G) HG 144
Within Our Hearts Be Born (G) GC 329


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