ADVENT-CHRISTMAS YEAR C
 
For the Sundays of Advent, "each Gospel reading has a distinctive theme: the Lord's coming at the end of time (First Sunday of Advent), John the Baptist (Second and Third Sunday), and the events that prepared immediately for the Lord's birth (Fourth Sunday). The [First] Testament readings are prophecies about the Messiah and the Messianic age, especially from the Book of Isaiah. The readings from an Apostle contain exhortations and proclamations, in keeping with the different themes of Advent." Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass. #93.
 
GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
 
The two halves of this lovely season pass so quickly, yet they are full of such rich images that give powerful expression to the message of God's coming among us.
Music planners need to approach the two parts of Advent-Christmas together, while taking care to respect the integrity of each part. The music of Advent should be characterized by a simplicity that gives way to building excitement and expectation. The music of Christmas should be full of jubilation in the face of God's presence in our ordinary flesh-and-blood existence, and our jubilation should continue through the entire season.
 
MUSIC FOR THE ENTRANCE RITE DURING ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
 
The Scriptures of the Advent season call us both to urgent expectation and to patient waiting. As we enter into the liturgy of each Sunday of Advent, the music should help to prepare the hearts of the assembly to hear and respond to the powerful procla-mation of the Lord's coming.
The gathering song might take the form of a litany, as in "Advent Gathering" (Cooney/Daigle, GIA). A song with a congrega-tional refrain, such as "Christ, Be Our Light" (OCP), might also be used, with the choir or cantor singing the verses. A sung version of Penitential Rite C would be appropriate throughout the Advent season. John Schiavone's "Advent Wreath Service" (OCP) is an excellent choice.
If the Advent wreath will be lit during the liturgy, it should be done simply. The sense of expectation and preparation is heightened by a simpler than usual entrance rite. See the Book of Blessings for directions for the blessing and lighting of the Advent wreath at the Sunday liturgy.
The entrance rite of the Christmas season should be filled with festive, joyful song. The Gloria is also sung on all the Sundays and feasts of Christmas. Use a sturdy musical version of the Gloria, or a setting composed especially for this season.
 
OTHER MUSIC
 
The gospel acclamation and intercession response should be settings that are set aside for use only during Advent or Christ-mas time, melodies which evoke for the community the memory of years past and which become part of the fabric of the season.
During Advent try using simple chanted settings of the Euchar-istic Prayer acclamations, perhaps a simple Latin chant or Richard Proulx's "Missa Emmanuel" (GIA). The Eucharistic Prayer acclama-tions during the Christmas season should be the community's stron-gest and most festive settings.
The litany for the breaking of bread may include invocations which reflect the spirit of the season, such as "Jesus, hope of all" or "Jesus, Word made flesh."
Plan very carefully for the communion song. The suggestions for each Sunday and feast contain a number of songs with refrains. Consider setting aside one or two of them for each season for the communion procession. Good selections for Advent include Marty Haugen's "My Soul in Stillness Waits" (G 137/GC 328/BB) or Bernard Huijber's deceptively powerful "Hold Me in Life" (G 241/GC 599/MI-BB/JS 702). Many familiar Christmas songs have refrains and could be used for communion; e.g., "The First Nowell" and "Angels We Have Heard on High." Search out the selections that are best for your community.
NOTE: For the list of abbreviations for the various hymnals, song books, and publishers, see "Key to the Music Suggestions."
 
Note: In the years during which this list was compiled, in addition to the annual editions of worship aids such as the Music Issue and Breaking Bread (see explanation in the "Key to the Music") there were two editions circulating of several major resources: Gather (1988 and 1994), We Celebrate (1994 and 1997), Flor y Canto (1989 and 2001), Journeysongs (1994 and 2003) and Glory and Praise Comprehensive Edition (1987) and Glory and Praise second edition (1997). We have tried to reference the most recent edition of these resources in each year of the three-year cycle, but there may be some overlap with prior editions. So if you do not find a particular reference in one edition, check the index--it may be listed at another number--or it may be in the other edition of the resource you are using.
 
 
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT C Lectionary #3
The readings present three ways of looking at the future. There are those who look to the future as a time of promise (first reading and Gospel). There are those who believe that worrying about the future or the past is useless; what counts is the way you live day by day (psalm and second reading). And there are those who take a more paranoid approach to life: Fear the future (Gospel).
 
Jeremiah 33:14-16. The prophet speaks to the people in exile, promising them a future of peace and justice built around the hope for a restored Davidic monarchy in a restored Jerusalem.
 
Psalm of the Day: Ps (24) 25. This psalm is really an individual lament, though the lamenting sections are excised from the verses used today. The psalm is edited to focus on the "way" that the LORD teaches, especially through the Torah: the way that leads to truth and justice.
 
A Tí, Señor (García) FYC 187
A Tí, Señor (Rangel) GP 186/JS 27
A Tí, Señor (Sosa) FYC 188
A Tí, Señor/To You, O Lord (Hurd) FYC 189
I Lift Up My Soul (Manion) GP 184/JS 527
Levanto Mi Alma (Peña) GC 37/RS 52
Lord, I Give Myself to You (Chepponis) PAS 14
Lord, I Give Myself to You (Haugen) PAS 22
To You I Lift Up My Soul (Hughes) LMGM 499
To You I Lift Up My Soul (Murray/Gelineau) WOR 33
To You, O God, I Lift Up My Soul (Hurd) JS 691/SP2 10
To You, O Lord (Alstott) JS 718
To You, O Lord (Artman) SO 9
To You, O Lord (Dameans) PCY6 49
To You, O Lord (Farrell) CH 107
To You, O Lord (Ferris) CH 104
To You, O Lord (Gelineau/Thompson) WOR 768/RS 50
To You, O Lord (Guimont) RS 51
To You, O Lord (Harbor) LMGM 500
To You, O Lord (Harris) SMM1 16/SMM5 6
To You, O Lord (Haugen) G 21/GC 36/RS 53/PCY1 4
To You, O Lord (Haugen/Fowler) CBW 16
To You, O Lord (Held) IL 52
To You, O Lord (Hurd) JS 27
To You, O Lord (Joncas) GP 185/G 22/JS 26
To You, O Lord (Kreutz) PC1 4/PC3 10
To You, O Lord (O'Carroll) CH 106
To You, O Lord (Soper) JS 28/GP 183/SP1 20
To You, O Lord (Willcock) PFS 2
 
1 Thessalonians 3:12--4:2. Paul's practical advice to a community concerned about when the Lord Jesus will return: Keep on living the way I taught you.
 
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36. This "apocalyptic" sermon uses some common expectations of the time--a kind of cosmic warfare that echoes in the heavens the war between good and evil for human souls--to console believers because "your redemption is at hand." In order to be prepared for that redemption, however, they need to live in vigilance and prayer.
 
Songs for the Liturgy
 
A Season of Light (1,2) WC 703
Advent Gathering (1) GC 324/RS 492
Awake, Awake, Fling Off the Night (2) CBW 304
Christ, Be Our Light (2) GP 656/JS 661
Christ the Light Is Coming (1,G) BB
Come, Light of the World (2) WC 718
Come, Lord, and Tarry Not (1,G) WOR 366/LMGM 11
Come to Set Us Free (1) G 142/G2 257
God of All People (1) GC 331/CBW 314
Hark, a Herald Voice Is Sounding (1,G) CH 176
He Will Come (1,G) CH 178
Hold Me in Life (Ps) JS 702/G 241/GC 599/GP 596
In the Day of the Lord (1) GP 722/JS 685
In the Lord I'll Be Ever Thankful (1,Ps) RS 703/GC 566
Lord, Come and Save Us (1,2) GP 308/G2 124
Maranatha (1,G) G 141/GP 295
My Lord! What a Morning (G) LMGM 9
My Lord Will Come Again (1,G) GC 769
Now the Day of the Lord Is at Hand (G) WOR 687
O Come, Lord Jesus (1,2) WC 710
O Heavens, Send Your Rain (1) CH 180
O, How I Long to See (1) GP 306
O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide (1,G) CH 181
Rejoice, the Lord Is King (G) WOR 493/CH 515/LMGM 93/JS 478/RS 627/GC 487/WC 329
Save Us, O Lord (1,2) GP 301/JS 555
Soon and Very Soon (1,G) LMGM 4/GC 770/JS 683/RS 870/GP 723/WC 713
The Advent/Coming of Our God (G) CH 187/CBW 315/WC 708
The Day Is Near (1) G 136/GC 768
The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns (1,G) WOR 373/CH 430/GP 307/LMGM 1/GC 320/JS 319/RS 497/CBW 318/WC 715, 719
The River Will Rise (1,G) G 322
Thy Kingdom Come (1,G) GP 719/GC 656/RS 776
*To You, O Lord, I Lift My Soul (Ps) WC 714
Wake, Awake (G) WOR 371/CH 186/JS 332/RS 489/GC 335/WC 716
Walk in the Reign (1) GC 319
When the Lord in Glory Comes (1,G) RS 868/GC 765
 
 
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT C Lectionary #6
What is involved in repentance? Sorrow for the sins of the past, certainly, but also hope and trust in God's mercy.
 
Baruch 5:1-9. This beautiful and hopeful prophetic call from Jeremiah's secretary to Jerusalem is remarkable, given that Jerusalem was a shattered ruin at the time of the prophecy. Yet the prophet saw the ruined city as a queen royally attired by God, a mother watching for the joyful return of her children and moving to meet them in a royal procession for which the way has been carefully cleared and leveled.
 
Psalm of the Day: Ps (125) 126. Like last week's psalm, this is another lament--this time a communal lament--but now the lament part is visible in the second half of the psalm. The first part of the psalm, which remembers the return from exile as God's great gift, is a preparation for the petition in the second half that God act now in the same way that God acted in restoring the nation after the exile.
 
El Señor Ha Estado (López) FYC 265
El Señor Ha Estado (Sosa) FYC 264
God Has Done Great Things for Us (Haugen) GC 124
Redemption from Captivity (Hays) CH 475
The Lord Has Done Great Things (Cortez) GP 271/BB/SP2 72
The Lord Has Done Great Things (Gelineau/Proulx) WOR 69,771/RS 171/GC 123
The Lord Has Done Great Things (Inwood) JS 776
The Lord Has Done Great Things (Isele) CBW 22
The Lord Has Done Great Things (Manalo) JS 103
The Lord Has Done Great Things (Roff) PC3 18/SMM5 8
The Lord Has Done Great Things (Smith) GP 272
The Lord Has Done Great Things (Stewart) RS 170/PCY5 6
The Lord Has Done Great Things (Twynham) CCS 2024
When/Home from Our Exile (Huijbers) G 256/SP2 64
 
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11. Taken from the opening greeting of the Letter to the Philippians, this address to the community includes Paul's prayer that God will continue to act in the people as God has acted in the past (an echo of the hope in the psalm).
 
Luke 3:1-6. Luke is careful to set John's ministry in a historical context: All of this happened in real time, not in some mythic place beyond time. The setting begins at its widest expanse, with the Roman Empire, and narrows like a close-up movie shot to the area around Jerusalem. Here we meet John, son of Zechariah (according to Luke, Jesus' cousin), who is preaching repentance as a way to prepare for the coming of the LORD God.
 
Songs for the Liturgy
 
*A Voice Cries Out (G) RS 485/GP 294/JS 313/BB
*Advent Antiphon (G) CBW 301
Be Strong! (1) LMGM 237
Christ Is Coming: Prepare the Way (G) LMGM 10
Christ's Peace (1,2) JS 844
*City of God, Jerusalem (1) WOR 362/RS 486
Come, Light of the World (1) WC 718
*Comfort, Comfort, O My People (1,G) WOR 370/JS 327/BB/WC 712/RS 488/GC 326
Comfort My People (1,G) CH 171
*Every Valley (G) GP 297/CBW 308/BB/JS 326
Great Is the Lord (1) GC 684
*I Will Sing, I Will Sing, v 4 (2) G 213/GC 543
*Let the Valleys Be Raised (1,G) GP 310/BB
*Like a Shepherd, v 1 (G) GP 708/CBW 490/JS 648/GC 325/MI-BB
Maranatha (1) GP 295/G 141
Now Is the Time Approaching (2) WC 702
O Come, Lord Jesus (G) WC 710
O Heavens, Send Your Rain (1) CH 180
O How I Long to See (2) GP 306
O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide (1,Ps) CH 181
*On Jordan's Bank (G) WOR 356/CH 182/CBW 351/LMGM 8/GC 321, 22/JS 315/BB/WC 704/RS 490/GP 296
People, Look East (1,G) WOR 359/CH 183/JS 329/BB/WC 709/RS 482/GC 318/GP 300
*Prepare the Way of the Lord (1,G) WOR 369/LMGM 2/RS 491/GC 336/CBW 317
Rise Up, Jerusalem (1,G) GP 210
Save Me, O God (Ps) CH 407
*The Harvest of Justice (2) G 300/GC 711/WC 930
The River Will Rise (1,2,G) G 322
The Voice of God Goes Out (1,2) WOR 358/CBW 433
Wait for the Lord (2) G 139/RS 484/GC 332/CBW 319
Walk in the Reign (1) GC 319
When the King Shall Come Again (1) WOR 355/RS 487/GC 327/JS 318
 
 
DECEMBER 8, SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Lectionary #689
Today's feast is about the conception of Mary, not about Mary's conception of Jesus. The conception of Mary by Anna as immaculate, that is, as free from original sin, is not taught in the Scriptures; it is a mystery that derives from her future role as the mother of the Lord. It is, in other words, a conclusion derived from the Church's understanding of who Jesus is and Mary's role as Theotokos, Mother of the Lord (see January 1). The readings, therefore, focus on Mary's relationship to Jesus and, indirectly, to the church.
 
Genesis 3:9-15, 20. The story of the "original sin" was interpreted by the church as suggesting that we are all bound by the failure of our first parents, subject to punishment for their sin. It became church teaching that Mary was freed from this burden by a special gift of God, to prepare her for her mission as the mother of Jesus. The Latin translation of this story gave Eve's name as "Eva," and made it possible for some Latin Christmas carols to pun that "Ave" (the angel's greeting to Mary) "fit ex Eva" ("Ave" was shaped from "Eva.")
 
Psalm of the Day: Ps (97) 98
An "enthronement hymn," celebrating the Lord as a king who has taken action on behalf of the nation and revealed the divine judgment before all the nations.
 
See also suggestions for Christmas Mass during the Day, below
 
Canten al Señor (Cortés) FYC 242 (Respuesta II)
Que Grande Es Yavé Mi Salvador/How Great Is God My Savior (Flor-ián) WC 237
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Bedford) SO 18
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Black) CBW 227
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Carroll/Gelineau) RS 137/WOR 1060
Sing to the Lord a New Song (della Picca) PMB 526/PC3 54
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Guimont) RS 136
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Haas/Haugen/Kodner) GC 95/RS 135
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Rachelski) SMM4 160
 
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12. Knowing how desperately humans would mess things up by misusing the gift of freedom, God planned to send Christ Jesus and to unite us to Christ. Passages like this led early Christian teachers to conclude that Mary, as part of that plan, would have been prepared by God.
 
Luke 1:26-38. Earlier (and somewhat inaccurate) translations of this announcement story were used to argue for Mary's freedom from sin. The Latin translations called her "gratia plena," "full of grace," and theologians argued that she could not be "full of grace" if she were subject to original sin. That translation tradition is echoed in the translation we are currently using, but the story, in any translation, certainly makes the point that Mary was a central part of God's plan to save humanity from its sin.
 
Songs for the Liturgy
 
*A Message Came to a Maiden Young (G) RS 478
Adiós, Reina del Cielo Cantos de Pueblo de Dios 197/FYC 471
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (G) G 326/GC 787/CH 321/RS 897
*Ave Maria (G) WOR 713/PMB 173/LMGM 95/CH 326/ RS 896, 898/WC 554/MI-BB/JS 493, 504/GC 785, 789
Canticle of Mary/Magnificat (2) WOR 15,87,88/CH 432,433,434/GP 84, 159, 165, 166, 224/CBW 141, 674, 675, 677, 678/G 14/PMB 219, 220, 221, 521, 762//WC 9, 76, 85, 86, 87, 556/GC 14, 145, 146, 534, 788/MI-BB
Canticle of the Turning (2) RS 678/GC 556
Dios Te Salve, María FYC 445, 454
*Ephesians 1:3-10 (2) WOR 91
*Give Thanks to God the Father (2) IR 355, 356/GP 167
Hail Blessed Virgin Full of Grace (G) CH 314
*Hail Mary (G) LMGM 98/GC 782/RS 896/MI-BB
*Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (G) GP 87/GC 782/MI-BB/JS 489
Highly Favored One (G) CBW 459
Holy Light CH 330
*Holy Mary, Full of Grace (2,G) CBW 461
*I Am for You, v. 2 (G) GC 704
I Say "Yes," Lord/Digo "Si'," Señor (G) GC 597/RS 722
I Sing a Maid (G) G 327/RS 899/GC 781/CBW 462
Immaculate Mary/Del Cielo (G) WOR 708/PMB 172/GP 112/LMGM 99/CBW 463/CH 316/WC 557/BB/JS 535/GC 790/ RS 890/FYC 472
*Joy to You (G) WC 131
Magnificat (2) WOR 15,534,553/CH 432,433,434/WC 9, 76, 85, 86, 87, 556, 706//RS 209, 210, 211, 656, 675/G 14/GP 84, 159, 165, 166/GC 145, 146, 534, 788/CBW 141, 575, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678/JS 119, 495, 501
Mary, How Lovely the Light of Your Glory (G) WOR 711
Mary, Woman of the Promise (G) CBW 465
My Soul Rejoices (2) GP 166/JS 503
*New Testament Canticle (2) GP 167
*No Wind at the Window (G) RS 876
O Holy Mary (G) MI-BB/JS 494
O Praise, My Soul, the Lord! (2) CBW 677
O Sanctissima RS 900/GC 780/WOR 712/CBW 468/WC 577/JS 500/FYC 462
*Praise We the Lord This Day (G) WOR 696/ RS 877/GC 777/JS 512
* Pues Concebida FYC 452
Savior of the Nations, Come (G) WOR 372/CH 184/ RS 480/JS 172/GC 334/WC 806/JS 321
Servant of the Word (G) CBW 467
She Will Show Us the Promised One (G) PMB 178/WC 606
Sing of Mary (G) WOR 404/PMB 184/GP 222/LMGM 100/CH 323/WC 607/RS 528/MI-BB/JS 490/GC 783
Sing We of the Blessed Mother (G) WOR 714/ RS 895/GC 786/JS 491
Sion, Sing (G) RS 532/WC 356
Stainless the Maiden (2) CH 333/WC 609
Tell Out, My Soul (2) WOR 534/CBW 575
*The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (G) WOR 695/CBW 316
The Day Is Near (G) G 136/GC 768
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (1,G) WOR 405/CH 334/CBW 464/MI-BB/JS 514
 
 
 
DECEMBER 12, NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE Lectionary #707
On December 9, 1531, the Aztec convert Juan Diego, passing the hill of Tepeyac near the former Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán, in the Valley of Mexico, saw a beautiful dark-skinned woman, bathed in light, who spoke to him in his native language and identified herself as Mary, Mother of the Lord. Three days later, when she appeared to him, she told him to pick some roses (in the middle of winter) to take to the Spanish bishop in Mexico City. When he unfolded his cloak to show the roses to the bishop, Juan Diego found imprinted on the cloak the image of the woman. Our Lady of Guadalupe is honored today not only by her ancient title "Madre de los Mexicanos" but also with her title as Patroness of the Americas.
 
The readings for the feast are taken from the Common of the Blessed Virgin, Lectionary #707-712.
 
Music for the feast might include praise of God as Lord of all the nations as well as some traditional songs in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. English-speaking communities might consider these songs for the liturgy, including some bilingual or traditional Spanish songs of the feast:
 
Adiós, Reina del Cielo CPD 197/FYC 471
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus CH 321/G 567/GC 787/ RS 897
Del Cielo Ha Bajado/Immaculate Mary WOR 708/PMB 172/GP 112/LMGM 99/CBW 463/CH 316/WC 557/BB/JS 535/GC 790/ RS 890/FYC 472
For the Healing of the Nations CBW 503/GC 719/JS 866/RS 823/WC 414/WOR 643
Help Us Accept Each Other RS 838/WOR 656
In Christ There Is No East or West CBW 529/CH 650/GC 738/GP 565/JS 850/LMGM 301/RS 836/WC 447/WOR 659
Las Apariciones Guadalupanas CPD 204/FYC 453
Las Mañanitas CPD 183/FYC 718
Mañanitas a la Virgen de Guadalupe CPD 203/FYC 465
María, Madre del Señor FYC 201
O Chosen One GP 435
Salve Regina CBW 469/CH 331/GC 779/GP 425/JS 499/LMGM 96/RS 894/WC 266/WOR 703
Savior of the Nations, Come CH 184/GC 334/ JS 321/ RS 480/WC 707/WOR 372
The Cry of the Poor (Psalm 34) G 46/GC 34/GP 203/JS 847/RS 69
There Is a Well/Un Pozo Hay GP 452
They Who Do Justice GC 22
This Is My Song JS 863/RS 964/WC 633
Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe FYC 214
 
 
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT C Lectionary #9
What does it mean to have a "savior"? What does it mean to be a "savior"? A savior, negatively, is someone who does not do evil things. A savior is someone, positively, who removes evil and replaces it with good.
 
Zephaniah 3:14-18a. The Jerusalem Temple, in its heyday, was intended to be a sign of a much deeper reality: "The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior." The chosen people are those who are aware of God's presence.
 
Psalm of the Day: Isaiah 12:2-6. This poetic canticle from Isaiah is an example of psalm-type compositions in the Bible found in sources other than the Book of Psalms. Here the psalm singer expresses thanksgiving for God's saving presence.
 
Cry Out with Joy and Gladness (Chepponis) SMM5 10
Cry Out with Joy and Gladness (Gelineau/Batastinin) WOR 774/RS 205
Cry Out with Joy and Gladness (Haugen/Kodner) GC 148
Cry Out with Joy and Gladness (Reagan) PC3 24
Sing and Shout for Joy (Young) CBW 25
 
Philippians 4:4-7. Expecting the imminent coming of the Day of the Lord, Paul tells the community at Philippi that their attitude should be one of expectation and rejoicing, not fear at the Lord's coming.
 
Luke 3:10-18. When people ask John what they should do to prepare for the Day of the Lord, his advice is a mix of negatives ("don't . . .") and positives ("share . . ."). His expectations of the "one mightier than" himself are similarly a mix of negative ("clear the threshing floor") and positive ("baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire") images.
 
Songs for the Liturgy
 
A Voice Cries Out (G) RS 485/GP 294/JS 313/BB
Advent Antiphon (G) CBW 301
Advent Gathering GC 324/RS 492
Advent Litany (G) WC 722
Alleluia! Hurry, the Lord Is Near (G) JS 324/BB
Arise, Your Light Is Come (1) CBW 302
Awake, Awake, and Greet the New Morn (1,2) WOR 360/RS 494/CBW 303
Behold Your God (1) LMGM 21
Christ, Be Our Light (G) JS 61/MI-BB/GP 656
Christ Is Coming: Prepare the Way (G) LMGM 10
Come, Light of the World (1) WC 718
Comfort, Comfort, O My People (1,Ps,G) WOR 370/JS 327/BB/RS 488/GC 326/WC 712
Comfort My People (1,Ps,G) CH 171/JS 564/MI-BB/WC 803
Every Valley (1) GP 297/CBW 308/BB/JS 326
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (1,G) CH 175/WC 764
Hills of the North, Rejoice (1) WOR 365
I Will Rejoice (2) LMGM 311/GP 674
In the Lord I'll Be Ever Thankful (2) G 325/GC 566/RS 703
Let the King of Glory Come (Ps,G) GP 299/JS 320/BB
Lift Up Your Heads (Ps) WOR 363/JS 330/BB
O Come, Divine Messiah (1,2) WOR 367/CH 173/CBW 310/JS 316/BB/RS 479/GC 333/WC 717
On Jordan's Bank (G) WOR 356/CH 182/CBW 351/LMGM 8/JS 315/GC 321,322/BB/WC 704/RS 490/GP 296
People, Look East (1,G) WOR 359/CH 183/JS 329/BB/WC 709/RS 482/GC 318/GP 300
Prepare the Way of the Lord (G) WOR 369/LMGM 2/RS 491/GC 336/CBW 317
Proclaim the Joyful Message (1,2) WC 723
Rejoice, the Lord Is King (1,2) WOR 493/CH 515/MI-BB/LMGM 93/JS 478/WC 329/RS 627/GC 487
River of Glory (1,Ps) JS 548/MI-BB/GP 454
*Sion, Sing (1,Ps) WC 356/RS 532
*Surely It Is God Who Saves Me (Ps) WOR 584/CBW 500
The Day Is Near (G) G 136/GC 768
The River Will Rise (1,2) G 322
*The Voice of God Goes Out (1,G) WOR 358/CBW 433
Wait for the Lord (2) G 139/RS 484/GC 332/CBW 319
When the King Shall Come Again (1) WOR 355/RS 487/GC 327/JS 318
 
 
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT C Lectionary #12
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 (Dean/Somerville) CBW 28
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Guimont) RS 108
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Haugen), vss 1-3 G 37/GC 75/RS 107/PCY2 25
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Hughes/Gelineau) WOR 777
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Keil) JS 58 (Advent antiphon)
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Schaffer) PC3 8
Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Smith) SMM5 12/GP 221
Save Us, O Lord (Dufford) GP 301/MI-BB
 
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, this 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.
 
Songs for the Liturgy
 
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (G) G 326/GC 787/CH 321/RS 897
Ave Maria (G) WOR 713/LMGM 95/CH 326/WC 601/JS 493, 504/GC 785, 789/RS 896, 898/GP 429/MI-BB
Awake, Awake, and Greet the New Morn (1,2) WOR 360/RS 494/CBW 303
Behold a Virgin Bearing Him (G) WC 731
Canticle of the Turning (G) GC 556/RS 678
Come, O Long Expected Jesus (1,2,G) WOR 364/CBW 300, 306/JS 328/LMGM 5/BB/RS 496/GC 323/GP 309/WC 706
Dios Te Salve, María FYC 454
Emmanuel (1,G) WC 711
Hail Mary (G) LMGM 98/GC 782/RS 896/MI-BB
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (G) GP 426/G2 564/JS 489/MI-BB
Highly Favored One (G) CBW 459
Holy Mary, Full of Grace (G) CBW 461
Immaculate Mary/Del Cielo (G) WOR 708/GP 430/LMGM 99/CBW 463/CH 316/WC 610/BB 218/JS 535/RS 890/GC 790/FYC 472
Lift Up Your Heads (2,G) WOR 363/JS 330/WC 582/BB
Like a Shepherd (G) GP 708/CBW 490/JS 734/GC 325/MI-BB
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (1,G) WOR 374/CH 191/LMGM 24/JS 338/GP 320/BB/WC 742
*Lord, Come and Save Us (Ps) GP 308
Magnificat/Canticle of Mary (G) WOR 15, 87, 88, 534, 553/CH 432, 433, 434/WC 9, 128, 270, 605, 615, 906/MI-BB/RS 209, 210,211, 656, 675/G 14/GP 163, 291, 292, 427, 428, 433, 434, 436/GC 14, 145, 146, 534, 788/CBW 14I, 575, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678/JS 11, 119, 120, 495, 501
O Come, Divine Messiah (1,2) WOR 367/CH 173/CBW 310/JS 316/BB/WC 717/RS 479/GC 333
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel/Oh Ven, Oh Ven, Emmanuel WOR 357/JS 311/CH 179/CBW 312/LMGM 3/GP 293/BB/WC 701/RS 493/GC 317/FYC 291/CPD 3
O Holy Mary (G) MI-BB/JS 494
O Little Town of Bethlehem (G) WOR 386/JS 348/CH 198/BB/WC 751/RS 520/GC 363/GP 315
Savior of the Nations, Come (1,2,G) WOR 372/CH 184/JS 321/BB/RS 480/GC 334/WC 707
See How the Virgin Waits for Him (G) JS 331/BB
Servant of the Word (G) CBW 467
Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly (G) WOR 404/CH 323/GP 432/MI-BB/LMGM 100/JS 490/WC 607/RS 528/GC 783
Take Comfort, God's People (1) WOR 361
Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord (G) WOR 534/CBW 575/WC 546
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (1,G) WOR 695/CBW 316/GP 441/JS 513
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (G) WOR 405/CH 334/CBW 464/MI-BB/JS 514
The King of Glory (G) WOR 501/JS 487/CH 541/MI-BB/WC 340/RS 628/GC 486/GP 423
Within Our Hearts Be Born (G) GC 329
 
DECEMBER 24, VIGIL OF THE NATIVITY Lectionary #13
 
The Vigil readings (used for Masses before the Mass at Midnight) focus on Jesus' connection to the history of Israel.
 
Isaiah 62:1-5. Preaching to the community after the Babylonian Exile, the prophet called "Third Isaiah" looks at a ruined city and prophesies its glorious resurrection. The cause for hope is that God is bonded to Israel, so that Israel's history is part of God's unfolding plan.
 
Psalm: Ps (88) 89. Though the whole psalm is a royal lament, in which the king speaks for the people, the passages we sing at the Vigil contain the praise of God for remaining faithful to the covenant.
 
Cantaré Eternamente/Forever I Will Sing (Reza) FYC 229/JS 64
For Ever I Will Sing (Alstott) JS 63
For Ever I Will Sing (Carroll/Gelineau) WOR 778/RS 119
For Ever I Will Sing (della Picca) PMB 316/PC3 32
For Ever I Will Sing (Ferris) SMM4 12
For Ever I Will Sing (Guimont) RS 117
For Ever I Will Sing (Haugen) PCY2 27/G 41/GC 82/CBW 448/RS 118
For Ever I Will Sing (Hughes) CCS 2027
For Ever I Will Sing (Janco) GIA 3464
For Ever I Will Sing (Kraehenbuehl) SMM5 16
For Ever I Will Sing (Kreutz) PMB 314/PC3 30
For Ever I Will Sing (Ridge) GP 226
For Ever I Will Sing (Schoenbachler) GP 227
For Ever I Will Sing (Somerville) CBW 27
For Ever I Will Sing (Twynham) CCS 2022
For Ever Will I Sing (Scalea) COOP
I Will Sing Forever of Your Love (Knakel) CH 147
 
Acts 13:16-17, 22-25. Preaching to a Jewish congregation, Paul summarizes the Christian teaching that Jesus was part of God's plan for Israel and was a descendant of David.
 
Matthew 1:1-25. The "book of the genealogy" of Jesus Christ connects him to all of Israelite history, schematized in three groups. It also connects Jesus to non-Israelite history through the women (other than Mary), who were all non-Jews.
 
[For other songs for the liturgy, see Solemnity of the Nativity.]
 
 
DECEMBER 25, SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY (A, B, C)
Lectionary #14, 15, and 16
 
Christmas Midnight Mass (Lectionary #14)
The midnight readings are among the most familiar texts of Jewish and Christian revelation. They focus our attention on the meaning of the birth of Jesus.
 
Isaiah 9:1-6. The prophet saw the coming of a new king as a fulfillment of the hope for a peaceful and just government. This hope was later applied to the messiah, and Christians found in Jesus the fulfillment of that hope for the whole world.
 
Psalm for Mass at Midnight: Ps (95) 96. This psalm describes a kind of liturgy in which the whole world sings the praise of God, creator and redeemer. The refrain applies this praise to Christ.
 
Hoy Nos Ha Nacido un Salvador (Rubi) JS 236
Nos Ha Nacido un Salvador (Cortés) GP 237/JS 237
Today a Savior Has Been Born (Dean/Young) CBW 30
Today a Savior Is Born (Farrell) JS 74
Today Is Born Our Savior (della Picca) PMB 317/PC3 34
Today Is Born Our Savior (Haugen) PCY2 32/GC 91
Today Is Born Our Savior (Hughes) GC 90/CCS 2026/RS 130
Today Is Born Our Savior (Hughes/Gelineau) RS 131
Today Is Born Our Savior (Inwood) SP1 62
Today Is Born Our Savior (Proulx) CCS 2538
Today Is Born Our Savior (Proulx/Gelineau) WOR 779
Today Is Born Our Savior (T. Smith) SMM5 18
Today Is Born Our Savior (Stewart) PCY5 9
Today Our Savior Is Born (Cortez) JS 75
 
Titus 2:11-14. This reading connects us to the situation in ancient Rome, when the Christian festival of Christmas was in competition with the celebration of Sol Invictus (the Unconquered Sun). The church used this text to remind Christians to live morally, and to remember that they could do this because they were united to "the glory of our great God and savior Jesus Christ."
 
Luke 2:1-14. Probably the most familiar part of the gospels. Luke affirms the tradition that Jesus was born at Bethlehem, but his important point is to explain what this birth means. The birth is retold simply: "She gave birth to her firstborn son . . ."The focus is on the angel's message and the shepherds' response.
 
[For other songs of the liturgy, see below.]
 
 
Christmas at Dawn (Lectionary #15)
These texts challenge us to respond to the meaning of Jesus' birth by prayer, praise, and action.
 
Isaiah 62:11-12. Not only is God bonded to Israel, the prophet says (see the texts for the Vigil Mass), but that union transforms the people, who will be called holy and redeemed.
 
Psalm for Mass at Dawn: Ps (96) 97. The liturgy in which the whole world sings God's praises (see psalm for Mass at Midnight) is given a slightly different twist through the refrain used at dawn. While it heralds the physical coming of the new day, it also looks forward to the "day of the Lord" as a day of hope, because "the Lord is born for us."
 
A Light Will Shine (Carroll/Gelineau) WOR 780/RS 134
A Light Will Shine (Kreutz) PMB 318/PC3 37
A Light Will Shine (Ward) SMM5 20
This Day New Light Will Shine (Miro/Atkinson) CBW 31
 
Titus 3:4-7. God saved us because of mercy, Paul says. That merciful salvation is not simply a past historical fact; we share in it through baptism and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
 
Luke 2:15-20. The story of the shepherds' response is continued (see Mass at Midnight) in action, as they come to Bethlehem, see, and "make known" the message, which leads them into prayer and praise. Mary also sees and "reflects on" all these things in a kind of contemplation.
 
[For other songs of the liturgy, see below.]
 
Christmas during the Day (Lectionary #16)
The meaning of the birth of Jesus is a present reality. God's Word is at work in the world now.
 
Isaiah 52:7-10. The prophet promises the guards on the ruined city walls that they will see God restoring Jerusalem. Despite the poverty of the exiles who have returned from Babylon, their faith shows them God at work among the ruins.
 
Psalm for Mass during the Day: Ps (97) 98. This enthronement psalm recalls God's saving deeds to Israel and calls on all the nations to sing God's praise.
 
All the Ends of the Earth (Beall) WC 740/SO 11
All the Ends of the Earth (Chepponis) WC 240
All the Ends of the Eart (Guimont) GC 136
All the Ends of the Earth (Haas/Haugen) MI-BB/PCY1 12/G 44/CH 110/GC 95//CBW 29B, 548/RS 135
All the Ends of the Earth (Harbor) LMGM 504
All the Ends of the Earth (Hirten/Proulx) CCS 3631
All the Ends of the Earth (Hruby) WC 741
All the Ends of the Earth (Hurd) MI-BB/JS 98/GP 241/SP1 66
All the Ends of the Earth (Jordan) LMGM 505
All the Ends of the Earth (Kreutz) PSC 10
All the Ends of the Earth (Marchionda) PMB 284/PC1 8/PC3 38/SMM1 22/SMM5 22/WC 238
All the Ends of the Earth (Murray) CBW 125
All the Ends of the Earth (O'Carroll) CH 109
All the Ends of the Earth (Peloquin) SI 12
All the Ends of the Earth (Proulx/Gelineau) WOR 781/RS 137
All the Ends of the Earth (Willcock) PFS 6
Los Confines de la Tierra (García) FYC 241
Los Confines de la Tierra/All the Ends (Hurd) FYC 240/JS 76
The Ends of the Earth (Hughes) PAS 100
The Ends of the Earth (Leaf) CBW 32/PAS 93
 
Hebrews 1:1-6. Not only does Jesus continue or complete the history of Israel (see other sets of texts for this feast, above); he makes sense of it all, uniting the various fragments into a full picture.
 
John 1:1-18. The Prologue of the fourth Gospel sees Jesus as the "Word," the true meaning of all creation and all history, whose presence among us gives us access to the meaning of God's plan for the universe.
 
Songs for the Liturgy
 
Today's liturgy should be full of the sound of familiar carols. For the Masses at Midnight and at Dawn, choose carols that evoke the images of the Christmas story: Bethlehem, manger, angels, shepherds. For the Mass during the Day, look for hymns and songs that proclaim that Christ is born this day, as the Word made flesh continues to dwell among us.
 
A Child Is Born in Bethlehem (Midnight, Dawn) JS 340/WOR 384/CH 203/WC 826/RS 500
A Child My Choice (Day) CH 223
A Stable Lamp Is Lighted (Midnight) WOR 385/GC 356
Alegría CPD 9/FYC 328
All My Heart This Night Rejoices (Midnight) CH 228
Angels from the Realms of Glory (Midnight, Dawn) WOR 377/JS 202/CH 206/LMGM 18/WC 825/GC 358/RS 508
Angels We Have Heard on High (Midnight, Dawn) WOR 376/JS 367/CH 219/CBW 320/PMB 34/LMGM 17/GP 17/BB/WC 824/GC 347/RS 504/FYC 333
Awake, Awake and Greet the New Morn (Midnight) G 151/GC 346/CBW 303/RS 494
Away in a Manger (Midnight) WOR 378/JS 359/CH 227/PMB 35/BB/GP 26/WC 822, 823/GC 353/RS 515
Before the Marvel of This Night (Midnight) RS 512
Born of Peace (Vigil, Midnight) G 144
Bread of Life (All Masses) JS 819 (Christmas verses)/MI-BB
Cantemos (Midnight) FYC 316
Carol at the Manger (Midnight) G 152/GC 369/RS 516
*Child of Mercy (Midnight) GC 357/RS 506
Child of the Poor (Midnight) GP 336/JS 366
Christ Was Born on Christmas Day (All Masses) JS 350/RS 513
Cristianos, Venid (Midnight, Dawn) FYC 322
Cry Out with Joy and Gladness (Vigil, Midnight) PMB 18/WC 820
From Heaven Above (Midnight) WOR 388/CH 213/WC 838
Gentle Night (Midnight) GP 323
Gloria (All Masses) RS 511
Gloria, Gloria (All Masses) WOR 401/G 149/LMGM 14/CBW 339/RS 507
Go, Tell It on the Mountain (Midnight, Dawn) WOR 397/BB/JS 352/CH 217/PMB 29/LMGM 22/WC 828/GC 359/RS 514
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (Midnight, Dawn) WOR 383/BB/JS 337/CH 224/PMB 39/WC 831/GC 366/RS 503
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice (All Masses) JS 346/WOR 391/CH 190/PMB 33/WC 842/CBW 322
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (All Masses) WOR 387/JS 345/CH 222/CBW 323/PMB 37/LMGM 13/GP 88/WC 837/GC 348/RS 502
He Came Down (Day) GC 370/RS 519
How Brightly Beams the Morning Star (Dawn) WOR 389, 390/CH 214/WC 861
How Great Our Joy (Midnight) CH 189
In Deepest Night (All Masses) BB/JS 351/CBW 324
In Midnight's Stillness (Midnight, Dawn) CBW 327
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (Midnight, Dawn) JS 344/WOR 393/CH 194/PMB 40/WC 832/GC 354/RS 509
It Came upon the Midnight Clear (Midnight) WOR 400/BB/JS 339/CH 195/PMB 30/LMGM 23/GP 119/WC 829/GC 367/RS 498
Jesus Is Born (Midnight, Dawn) WC 730
Joy to the World (Day) WOR 399/JS 336/CH 208/CBW 328/PMB 24/LMGM 19/GP 125/WC 841/GC 343/RS 524
Joyful Is the Dark (Midnight) GC 760
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (Vigil, Midnight, Dawn) WOR 374/BB/JS 338/CH 191/PMB 13/LMGM 24/GP 148/WC 839/GC 368
Lord, Today (Midnight, Dawn) GP 157/G 157/GC 375/RS 536
Nativity Carol (Midnight) RS 521
Now the Christ Child Is Born for Us (Midnight, Dawn) WC 739
O Come, All Ye Faithful (All Masses) WOR 392/JS 333/CH 225/CBW 329/PMB 25/GP 171/WC 843/GC 341/RS 499/FYC 317
O Come, Little Children (Midnight, Dawn) GP 322/WC 745/JS 357/BB
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Vigil, Midnight) WOR 386/BB/JS 348/CH 198/PMB 27/LMGM 25/WC 844/GC 363/RS 520/FYC 330
Of the Father's Love Begotten (Day) WOR 398/BB/JS 349/CH 220/CBW 330/WC 849/GC 351/RS 510
Pobre Niño (Midnight, Dawn) FYC 318
Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow (Midnight) G2 271/JS 353/LMGM 12/WC 851/GC 360/RS 505
See amid the Winter's Snow (Midnight, Dawn) WOR 375/BB/JS 356/CH 221
Silent Night, Holy Night (Midnight) WOR 379/BB/JS 343/G 147/GC 352/CH 226/CBW 332/PMB 22/LMGM 26/GP 217/WC 855 /RS 522/FYC 324/CPD 10
Song of the Stable (Midnight, Dawn) G 145/GC 364
The Aye Carol (Midnight) GC 371/RS 525
The First Nowell (Midnight) WOR 408/JS 363/CH 211/CBW 344/PMB 31/LMGM 28/GP 73/WC 846/GC 377/RS 536
The Lord Is Come (All Masses) GP 326
The People Who in Darkness Walked (Midnight) CBW 335
The Snow Lay on the Ground (Midnight) BB/JS 354/WC 857
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (Midnight, Day) GC 345/RS 501
To People of Good Will (Midnight, Dawn) CBW 336
'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (Midnight, Dawn) WOR 380/GC 361/CH 218/CBW 337/WC 827
Vamos Todos a Belén (Midnight, Dawn) FYC 314/CPD 15
Wake from Your Sleep (Dawn) GP 250/BB/JS 342/CBW 339
What Child Is This (Midnight, Dawn) WOR 411/BB/JS 365/CH 215/CBW 338/PMB 28/LMGM 29/GP 261/WC 862/GC 380/RS 530
Where Shepherds Lately Knelt (Midnight, Dawn) RS 517
While Shepherds Watched (Midnight) WOR 382/BB/JS 347/CH 199/WC 858
Who Has Known (Midnight) GP 327
 
 
SUNDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS: HOLY FAMILY C Lectionary #17C
The first or second reading from Year A may be used in place of the readings provided here. To some extent, the stories of Jesus' birth and infancy are patterned on the stories of the prophet Samuel and his mother, Hannah. Mary's canticle, for example (Luke 1:46-55) is based on the canticle of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10). It is fitting, therefore, that the story of Samuel's presentation to Eli at the Shiloh sanctuary should be the first reading on the day when we also read of Jesus' self-revelation at the Jerusalem Temple. The message of the day, in a sense, is captured in the second reading: We know that we are already God's children. Can you imagine what there is yet to be revealed?
 
Psalm of the Day: Ps (83) 84. This song celebrates Zion as the place where God's dwelling is found. It is also a pilgrimage song for those going to Jerusalem.
 
Dichosos los que Viven (García) FYC 224
Happy Are They (Porter) GC 77/RS 111
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place (Gelineau) GC 78/RS 110/WOR 45
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place (Hays) CH 451
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place (Joncas) GP 222/JS 59
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place (Reagan) CH 146
 
Songs for the Liturgy
 
Child of Gladness CBW 326
Child of the Poor GP 336
Christ, You Are the Fullness (2) CBW 431
En el Taller de Nazaret FYC 334
Faith, Hope and Love (2) GC 624
Faithful Family GP 365/GC 413/MI-BB
God of Adam, God of Joseph (G) JS 361/RS 960/GC 893
God of Eve and God of Mary (G) JS 360/RS 959/GC 892
Joy to the World WOR 399/CH 208/CBW 328/BB/LMGM 19/GP 318/RS 524/GC 343/WC 741/JS 336
Of the Father's Love Begotten (G) WOR 398/CH 220/CBW 330/BB/RS 510/GC 351/WC 753/JS 349
Our Father, by Whose Name WOR 570/RS 961/CH 621
Sing of Mary WOR 404/CH 323/GP 432/MI-BB/LMGM 100/WC 607/GC 783/JS 490/RS 528
Songs of Praise the Angels Sang CH 580
The Aye Carol RS 525/GC 371
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (G) WOR 405/CH 334/CBW 464/MI-BB/JS 514
The Greatest Gift (2) WC 422
Ubi Caritas (2) WOR 604/G 271/GC 408/CBW 67, 376/WC 457, 481/MI-BB/RS 746/JS 753, 754, 805/GP 364
Virgin Born, We Bow before You (G) WOR 403/RS 527
When Love Is Found (G) WOR 745/G 351/WC 424/CBW 629/RS 942/GC 865/JS 568
Where Charity and Love Prevail (2) G 267/GC 625/CH 387/MI-BB/WC 484, 485/JS 756/RS 747/GP 644
Where There Is Love (2) MI-BB/CBW 631/JS 569/GP 464
 
 
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. It 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.
 
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 (Batastini/Gelineau) WOR 783
May God Bless Us (Burns) PMB 321/PC3 44
May God Bless Us (Guimont) GC 66
May God Bless Us (Kraehenbuehl) SMM5 28
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 416
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (G) G 326/GC 787/CH 321
Ave Maria (G) JS 493, 504/MI-BB/WOR 713/GC 785,789
Bwana Awabariki/May God Grant You a Blessing (1) LMGM 155/GC 587
Canticle of Mary/Magnificat (2) WOR 15, 87, 88/CH 432, 433, 434/GP 84, 159, 165, 166, 224/CBW 141, 674, 675, 677, 678/G 14/PMB 219, 220, 221, 521, 762/WC 9, 76, 85, 86, 87, 556/GC 14, 145, 146, 534, 788/MI-BB/JS 119, 495, 501
Carol at the Manger (G) G 152/GC 369
*God of Mercy, God of Grace (Ps) CH 636, 637
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (G) GP 87/MI-BB/JS 489/GC 782
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (2) WOR 387/CH 222/BB/JS 345/PMB 37/CBW 323/WC 837/GP 88/LMGM 13/GC 348
I Sing a Maid (G) G 327/GC 781/CBW 462
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (G) WOR 374/PMB 13/GP 148/LMGM 24/BB/JS 338/CH 191/WC 839/GC 368
Mary the Dawn (G) PMB 174/CH 329
Mary, Woman of the Promise (2,G) CBW 465/JS 496
*May God Bless and Keep You (1,Ps) JS 827/MI-BB
*May God Bless You (1,Ps) MI-BB/JS 566
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (New Year) WOR 579/PMB 128/CBW 644/GP 174/LMGM 230/MI-BB/JS 705/CH 457/WC 464/GC 614
O Holy Mary (G) MI-BB/JS 494
Of the Father's Love Begotten (2) WOR 398/CBW 330/BB/JS 349/CH 220/WC 849/GC 351
Salamu Maria LMGM 98
She Will Show Us the Promised One (G) PMB 178/WC 559
Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly (G) WOR 404/PMB 184/GP 222/LMGM 100/MI-BB/JS 490/CH 323/WC 561/GC 783
Song of Mary JS 498
Stainless the Maiden (G) CH 333/WC 570
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (2,G) WOR 405/CBW 464/MI-BB/JS 514/CH 334
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (G) GC 345
Virgin Born, We Bow before You (G) WOR 403
What Child Is This (G) WOR 411/PMB 28/CBW 338/GP 261/LMGM 29/BB/JS 365/CH 215/WC 862/GC 380
You Are the Honor WC 558
 
 
SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY (A, B, C) Lectionary #20
A further reflection of the meaning of Christmas: Christ is the light and the savior of the whole world. He came from the Jews and fufilled Israel's hopes for salvation from God. But--a point that was strongly contested in the early church--salvation is not limited to the Jews. It is for everyone.
 
Isaiah 60:1-6. God is compared to the sun dawning over Jerusalem, which will draw all nations (and the wealth of the nations) to a city that lies, as the prophet speaks, in ruins. The gifts of the nations are echoed in the gospel text.
 
Psalm of the Day: Ps (71) 72. A psalm composed in praise of a new royal heir in the house of David. The church has used this psalm to honor Christ as the king of kings, lord over all the nations.
 
All Kings Will Bow (Hughes) PAS 68
All Nations Shall Fall Prostrate (O'Carroll) CH 111
Every Nation on Earth (Joncas) G 36/GC 72
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Cooney) JS 57 (alternate refrain)
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (della Picca) PMB 285/PC3 48
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Goemanne) SMM1 26/SMM5 32
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Harbor) LMGM 506
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Haugen) PCY1 16
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Peloquin) SI 26
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Proulx/Gelineau) WOR 784
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Reagan) CH 112
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Willcock) PFS 10
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Young) CBW 37
Se Postrarán ante Ti/Every Nation (Cortez) FYC 219
Se Postrarán ante Ti, Señor (Grajeda) FYC 218
 
Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6. This announcement is what makes it possible for most of us to be Christian: God's plan is that "in Christ Jesus the Gentiles are now co-heirs with the Jews, members of the same body and sharers of the promise."
 
Matthew 2:1-12. The story of the "astrologers from the east" puts in graphic form the Christian belief that the meaning of Christmas is for the nations; it is not limited to one group of people or one country. It also shows how the presence of Christ causes division: It makes some people (Herod) fearful; it leads others (the astrologers) to rejoice. The tradition that there were three astrologers comes from the fact that there are three gifts.
 
Songs for the Liturgy
 
All the Ends of the Earth (1) GP 11/MI-BB/GC 520/JS 595
*Angel Voices Richly Blending (G) WOR 395
*Angels, from the Realms of Glory (G) WOR 377/CH 206/BB/JS 367/WC 825/LMGM 18/GC 358
*Arise and Shine (1) CBW 341
*Arise, Shine (1) G 155
*Arise, Shine Forth (1) GP 41/CBW 342
*Arise, Your Light Has Come (1) CBW 302
*As with Gladness Men of Old (G) WOR 409/CBW 343/GP 22/CH 229/BB/JS 369/WC 865/GC 374
*Behold That Star (G) WC 866
*Brightest and Best (1) G 156/GC 379/CH 233
Caminando desde Oriente (G) FYC 340
City of God (1) GP 49/JS 830/G 294/GC 678/MI-BB/WC 430/CBW 345
*Earth Has Many a Noble City (G) CH 230
From All That Dwell below the Skies (Ps,2) WOR 521/MI-BB/JS 603/CH 563/WC 503
Glory and Praise to You (2,G) PMB 226
*Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Ps) CH 175/WC 867
How Brightly Beams the Morning Star (1) WOR 389/WC 861/CH 214
In the Bleak Midwinter (G) CH 193/WC 830/JS 371
In the Darkness Shines the Splendor (1) CBW 346
Jesus Shall Reign (Ps) WOR 492/CH 508/PMB 107/WC 949/JS 479
Lord, Today (1) GP 157/G 157/GC 375
*Los Magos Que Llegaron a Belén (G) CPD 25
*Now the Christ Child Is Born for Us, v 5 (G) WC 834
*O Star of Christ's Appearing (G) CBW 347
Of the Father's Love Begotten (1) WOR 398/CBW 330/BB/JS 349/CH 220/WC 849/GC 351
One Bread, One Body (2) GP 180/MI-BB/JS 820/G 346/GC 830/LMGM 139/WC 373
*Sing We Now of Christmas, vss 4-5 (G) JS 355/WC 852
Sion, Sing! (1) WC 340
Song of Gathering (1,2,G) G 309/GC 740
*Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (G) WOR 410/CBW 348/CH 231/BB/JS 368/WC 863/GC 376
*The First Nowell (G) WOR 408/PMB 31/GP 73/LMGM 28/CH 211/JS 363/BB/CBW 344/WC 846/GC 377
*The Magi Kings (G) CH 203
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (G) GC 345
*'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (G) WOR 380/G2 272/CH 218/CBW 337/WC 827/GC 361
Una Estrella que Llama en la Noche (G) FYC 342
*We Three Kings/Del Oriente Somos (G) WOR 406/PMB 38/GP 257/LMGM 27/JS 218/CH 232/BB/JS 364/WC 864/GC 373/FYC 339/CPD 27
*What Child Is This/¿Qué Niño?, vs 3 (G) WOR 411/PMB 28/CBW 338/GP 261/LMGM 29/CH 215/BB/JS 365/WC 862/GC 380/CPD 28
*What Star Is This (G) WOR 407/CBW 349/BB/JS 370/WC 860/GC 378
You Are the Voice (1) G 222/GC 549/GP 274
 
BAPTISM OF THE LORD Lectionary #21C
The first or second reading from Year A may be used in place of these readings. In a way, these readings hark back to Advent, particularly to the Third Sunday of Advent, since today's gospel picks up where that gospel ends. The baptism of Jesus is put in the context of our own call (second reading) and of cosmic restoration (first reading).
 
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11. The return of the exiles is such a powerful event that people feel as if the desert itself prepares a smooth path for them to walk. From the perspective of a ruined Jerusalem and Judah, it is as if God is physically returning to the land with the exiles.
 
Psalm of the Day: Ps (103) 104. A hymn of praise to the LORD as creator and sustainer of the universe. Note: Because this set of readings was new with the 1998 Lectionary for Mass, most of the standard resources do not have a setting of Psalm 104 that contains all the verses used today. Most of them do have a setting with the refrain "Lord, send out your spirit." You might consider using one of these settings until a more appropriate arrangement appears. Or use a setting of the psalm from Year A: Psalm (28) 29 with the refrain "The Lord will bless his people with peace."
 
Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7. Once more, this feast at the end of the Christmas cycle harks back, this time to the readings for Christmas. After outlining the way Christians should live, the writer points out that our opportunity to live this way is a gift of divine mercy.
 
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22. After the echo of the Third Sunday of Advent, this reading offers Luke's version of Jesus' baptism. It appears to be a simple report that these things happened; it does not say who (if anyone) saw or heard any of it.
 
Songs for the Liturgy
 
A Living Hope (2,G) WC 348/CBW 613
All the Ends of the Earth (G) GP 11/GC 520/BB/JS 595
All You Who Are Thirsty (G) G 204/RS 644/GC 501
Arise, Your Light Is Come! (1) CBW 302
Baptized in Water (G) WOR 720/G 332/RS 903/GC 798/CBW 614/JS 542
Before the Sun Burned Bright (G) GP 28/CBW 504
Blessed Quietness (G) LMGM 72
Christ, You are the Fullness (2,G) CBW 431
God Sends Us His Spirit (G) WOR 724/G 192/GC 467
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (1,G) CH 175/WC 867
He Has Anointed Me (1) GP 90/G 292
Here Am I (1) RS 822
Isaiah 12: Ustedes Sacarán Agua/You Will Draw Water (1) FYC 2/JS 116
Isaiah 12: We Shall Draw Water (1) MI-BB/JS 117
Isaías 12: Ustedes Sacarán Agua (1) FYC 282
I've Just Come from the Fountain (G) LMGM 110
Joy to the World (1) WOR 399/CBW 328/GP 125/LMGM 19/CH 208/RS 524/GC 343/WC 841/BB/JS 336
Now in This Banquet, vss 3-4 (1) G 336/GC 833/RS 933/CBW 608
O Christ, the Great Foundation (G) WOR 618/CH 488/RS 781, 782/CBW 527
O God of Love, O King of Peace (Ps) WOR 652/CH 599/WC 478/RS 833/CBW 681
O Healing River (G) G 242/RS 715/GC 584
On Jordan's Bank (G) WOR 356/LMGM 8/CBW 351/CH 182/RS 490/GC 321,322/WC 810/BB/JS 315
Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (1,G) CBW 582
Praise to You, O Christ Our Savior (G) MI-BB/JS 674/G 210/RS 652/GC 515/CBW 442
Priestly People/Pueblo de Reyes, v 1 (1,G) WC 70, 71
Send Down the Fire (G) GC 466
Song of the Holy Spirit (G) BB/JS 460/CBW 526
Song over the Waters (G) G 312/RS 855/GC 585
Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (G) WOR 410/CBW 348/CH 231/RS 529/GC 376/WC 863/BB/JS 368
The Church of Christ in Every Age (1) WOR 626/RS 803/WC 531/MI-BB/JS 843
The Church's One Foundation (G) CBW 604/GP 46/WC 346/CH 489/GC 661/MI-BB/JS 779
The Spirit of God (G) WC 418/GC 458
The Voice of God (1,G) WOR 358/CBW 433
There Is One Lord (G) GP 242/WOR 657/WC 55/RS 835/GC 809/MI-BB/JS 699
Wade in the Water (G) LMGM 107/GC 812/MI-BB/JS 544
*When Jesus Came to Jordan (G) WOR 697/RS 878
*When Jesus Comes to Be Baptized (G) CBW 350
*When John Baptized by Jordan's River (G) WOR 412/RS 538/CBW 325
You Are the Voice (G) G 222/GP 274/RS 659/GC 549/CBW 576
You Have Anointed Me (1) RS 795/GC 676