AUGUST 14-15, ASSUMPTION Lectionary #621-622

This feast celebrates our belief that Mary shares fully (body and soul) in the resurrection of her son and that after her death she was taken to heaven with him. Many interpreters see this faith in Mary's assumption as a promise that all faithful believers will likewise share fully in the gift of the resurrection.


VIGIL Lectionary #621

The Ark of the Covenant, symbol of God's presence, is evoked as an image of Mary's womb, which bore the Savior.


1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2. In festival procession, David brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem , thus combining in one place the symbols of religious and political unity.


Vigil Mass Psalm: Ps (131) 132

This royal psalm celebrates the “ Zion tradition,” that is, the belief that God has chosen to “dwell” in the Jerusalem Temple , where the ark serves as God’s “footstool,” so that God’s presence on earth shares space in the city that is also the political capital of Israel .


Lord, Go Up to the Place of Your Rest (Guimont) GC2 1001/LPMG 196

Lord, Go Up to the Place of Your Rest (Guimont/Reagan) PMB 753/WS/PRM B113

Lord, Go Up to the Place of Your Rest (Schiavone) JS 1059/LP 204

Lord, Go Up to the Place of Your Rest (Schiavone/Gelineau) WOR 1045/WOR4 1221/RS 180/LPGG 1050

Rise Up, O Lord PSL C-225/SS


1 Corinthians 15:54b-57. Jesus’ death has transformed the meaning and power of death and has drawn out its “sting.”


Luke 11:27-28. Praise of Mary as the “ark” that carried Jesus is met by him with praise for all those who receive and “carry” the word of God.


Songs for the Liturgy

See the list of suggestions for Mass during the day.


DURING THE DAY Lectionary #622

Images abound and overlap, so that sometimes we see Mary, sometimes we see individual believers, and sometimes we see the Church as the bearer of Christ.


Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab. Is the “ark of the covenant” visible in the heavenly temple a symbol of Mary, of Christ, or of God? Is the “woman clothed with the sun” supposed to represent Mary or the Church—or both at the same time, with Mary serving as a symbol of the Church?


Psalm for Mass during the Day: Ps (44) 45

A royal psalm to welcome a new queen, used here to honor Mary as “queen of heaven.”


De Pie a Tu Derecha (Sosa) FYC 207

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Bolduc) PMB 754/WS/PRM B114

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Carroll/Murray) CBW 223

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Guimont) RS 78/GC2 924/LPMG 197

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Hughes/Gelineau) WOR 1046/WOR4 1222/LPGG 1051

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Hughes) CCS 2028

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Keil) JS 44/GP3 150

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Kodner) GC 52

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Kogut) PCY10 18

The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand (Schiavone) JS 1060/LP 205


1 Corinthians 15:20-27. Paul is explaining why Christ has not returned in glory, as early believers expected, and why Christians are dying, when they are supposedly freed from death through Christ’s death and resurrection. He says that we all will go through what Jesus went through—death first, followed by resurrection. Christ is the “firstfruits” of God’s harvest, but we will all share in the harvest.


Luke 1:39-56. The story of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth echoes, in a sense, and expands on the point made in the Gospel for the Vigil Mass: Elizabeth sings of Mary's election as “blessed among women,” and Mary sings of God’s blessings not only to her but to all who fear God “in every generation.” God’s “mercy,” in Mary's song, turns everything upside down.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy

*A Woman Clothed with the Sun (E) PSL C-224/SS

Adiós, Reina del Cielo GP 438

All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (G) GC 787/RS 897

Ave Maria (G) WOR 713/WOR4 902/LMGM 95/WC 998/JS 493, 504/GC 785, 789/GC2 772, 774/G3 887,891/RS 896, 898/MI‑BB 703,708,710/PMB 532/WS 836/GP3 369

*Behold! In Heaven, Clothed with the Sun (E Day) IH 83

*Bright as the Sun, Fair as the Moon (1) JS 520

*Canticle of the Turning (G) GC 556/GC2 527/G3 622/RS 678

*Great Is the Lord (G) GP 163

Hail, Holy Queen, Enthroned Above (1) WOR 702/WOR4 883/GP 425/GP3 376/CBW 457/LMGM 97/BB 203/WC 1006/JS 519/GC 784/GC2 784/G3 879/RS 883/PMB 531/WS 831/SPS 200

Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (1,G) GP 426/GP3 372/JS 489/GC 782/GC2 779/G3 889/MI‑BB 711/WC 1000/WS 835/SPS 305

Hail, Queen of Heav'n, the Ocean Star CBW 458

Highly Favored One CBW 459

*Holy Is His Name (G) MI‑BB 700/GP 433/GP3 379/JS 505/SPS 110

*Holy Is Your Name (G) GC 147/GC2 83/G3 102/RS 210/SPS 111/WOR4 122

Holy Mary, Full of Grace CBW 461

Jesus Has Conquered Death (2) LMGM 62

*Joy to You, v 8 (E,1) PMB 526

*Magnificat/Canticle of Mary (G,C) WOR 15, 87, 88, 534, 553/WOR4 124/623/WC 223,488/MI‑BB 826,827/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/G3 101,630,892/CBW 14I, 575, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678/JS 11, 119, 120, 495, 501, 503, 505/PMB 9, 180, 181, 182/PSL C-226/SPS 109,110,111/GP3 112,207,208,209,210,373,375,379

Mary, Full of Grace MI‑BB 704

*Mary Has Been Take Up to Heaven BFW 355/SS

Mary, How Lovely the Light of Your Glory WOR 711

Mary, Woman of the Promise JS 496

O Holy Mary (1) MI‑BB 706 /JS 494

O Mary of Promise GC2 781

O Sanctissima/O Most Holy One WOR 712/WOR4 903/CBW 468/WC 1012/GC 780/GC2 775/RS 900/JS 500/PMB 533/WS 829/MI-BB 704

Rejoice with All the Saints SPS 343

Salamu Maria/Hail Mary (G) LMGM 98

Salve Regina (G) WOR 703/WOR4 882/CBW 469/LMGM 96/WC 1008/GC 779/GC2 780/RS 894/JS 499/MI‑BB 698/PMB 536/WS 834/SPS 199

She Will Show Us the Promised One, v 6 WC 985/PMB 539

Sing We of the Blessed Mother, v 4 (2) WOR 714/WOR4 896/GC 786/GC2 776/RS 895/JS 491/SS

Sing with All the Saints in Glory (2) WOR 467/WOR4 526/GC 442/GC2 442/RS 595/CBW 406/GP 724/JS 789/WC 975/PMB 510/WS 812/MI-BB 617/GP3 774

Stainless the Maiden, vss 2-4 (1) WC 1007/WS 826/WOR4 900

Star upon the Ocean (1) WC 1003/PMB 527

*Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord (G) WOR 534/CBW 575

Thanks Be to You (G) GC 569/RS 708

*The Rich and Noble Come (E Vigil) IH 82

There Is Nothing Told JS 502/GP 431/GP3 377/MI-BB 697

Virgin Born, We Bow Before You (Vigil) WOR 403/WOR4 445/RS 527

Virgin, Full of Grace (G) WC 1013/PMB 534/WS 827

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones, v 2 (G) WOR 707/WOR4 886/BB 173/LMGM 104/WC 994/JS 528/RS 886/GC 794/GC2 790/GP 446/GP3 390/PMB 522/WS 820



Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
Ave Maria (SATB)  Vittoria, Tomas Luis de  Mercury (35200079)  G
I Will Set His Dominion (SATB, Organ) (Vigil) Neswick, Paraclete (PPM 9519) P
Magnificat (2-part, Keyboard, opt. Flute)  Schram, Ruth Elaine  Augsburg (0-8006-7668-8)  G
Magnificat (SATB)  Howells, Herbert  Novello (NOV 29 0289)  G
Magnificat (SATB, Organ, Flugelhorn)  Ferguson, John  GIA (G-6667)  G
Magnificat (SATB, Organ/Keyboard, opt. Brass Quartet)  Landes, Rob  MorningStar (MSM-50-0030A) G
Magnificat (SATB/SATB or SATB/Brass Quartet)  Pachelbel, Charles Theodore/David, Hans  C. F. Peters (6087)  G
Magnificat (SATBB, opt. keyboard)  Wise, Michael/Dearnly, Christopher  Oxford (S 595)  G
Magnificat (Unison, opt. 2-part, C-instrument)  Kemp, Helen  Choristers Guild (CGA954)  G
Magnificat (SSA) R. Thompson arr. Seitz E. C. Schirmer G
Magnificat, The (Unison, Keyboard)  Leitz, David  Chantry Music Press  G
Mary Went Up to Hill Country (SATB)  Schalk, Carl  Concordia (98-3172)  G
O Mary of All Women  (from Two Hymns in the Dorian Mode) (SATB)  Jennings, Joseph Wilcox  World Library (CA-1681-8)  G
O Sanctissima Beethoven/Thatcher MSM G
Since by Man Came Death from “Messiah” (SATB, Keyboard)  Handel, G. F.  Various 2
Song of Mary (SATB)  Crotch, Wm./Wetzler, Robert  AMSI (#126)  G
Song of Mary (SATB, Organ & opt. Brass)  Shephard, Richard  Oxford (A442)  G