The ancient Lateran Basilica was the first public site of the “mother church” of Roman Christianity—a large meeting hall on the Lateran Hill donated by the Emperor Constantine. It was dedicated in 324 under the title “Church of Our Savior .” Later, the ancient building was replaced by a new church dedicated to St. John the Baptist, popularly known as St. John Lateran. This is the pope’s church in his role as bishop of the city and province of Rome.

Entrance Rite
Because today's celebration focuses so strongly on the gather­ing of God’s people to form the Church, the liturgy might appro­priately begin with the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling of Holy Water, which recalls our common baptism. If this rite is used, consider using a song which relates to the themes of church and baptism, such as “Church of God” (Daly) or “Out of Darkness” (Walker).

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12. The restored Temple is the source of life-giving water.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (45) 46. This is the first of a set of hymns called “Zion hymns” sung in praise of the Temple. God is presented as doing battle with the forces of chaos, represented by the churning sea. God's victory turns the sea into a peaceful river. Note: Because the texts for this feast are new in the revised Lectionary for Mass, there are very few settings of this psalm with its proper antiphon readily available.

The Lord of Hosts Is With Us (Murray/Gelineau) WOR 39
The Waters of the River (Guimont) WLP Psalms B117/GC2 926

Or Common Responsorial Psalm: Ps (121) 122

Con Qué Alegría/Let Us Go Rejoicing (Cortés) FYC 263
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Batastini/Black) CBW 17
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Batastini/Gelineau) WOR 966/RS 165
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Dean) JS 728/GP 268/MI-BB/SP1 91
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say, vss 1, 2, 3 (Englert) PC3 4
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Jordan) LMGM 503
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Kreutz) PSS 64
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Marchionda) SMM5 146
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (O'Carroll) CH 159
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Reagan) CH 160
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say ( Walker ) JS 592/GP 269/SP2 62
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say (Warner) WC 440
I Was Glad (Haas) GC 121/RS 166
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Englert) PC1 58
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Harbor) LMGM 542
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Haugen) PCY1 83
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Joncas) G 53/GC 120/GC2 68/RS 167
Let Us Go Rejoicing ( Moore ) SMM1 84
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Roberts) LMGM 543
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Schalk) SO 71
Let Us Go Rejoicing ( Walker ) PFS 60
Let Us Go Rejoicing (Young/Black) CBW 114
Qué Alegría Cuando Me Dijeron (Grajeda) FYC 262
Qué Alegría Cuando Me Dijeron (Manzano) GP 270
We Shall Go Up with Joy (Murray/Gelineau) WOR 67/CBW 588
With Joy I Heard Them Say (Hughes) PAS 125

1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17. As he will use the analogy of the body later in this letter to describe relationships within the Church, so here Paul uses the analogy of a building to describe how God, working through Paul, built up the church in Corinth.

John 2:13-22. Jesus purifies the Temple.

Songs for the Liturgy
A Mighty Fortress (Ps) GP 617/JS 426, 473/WOR 575, 576/GC 607/GC2 594/RS 741/WC 818
All Are Welcome RS 846/GC 753/GC2 741/WC 885
All People That on Earth Do Dwell WOR 669, 670/RS 849/GC 747/GC2 746/GP 535/CBW 578/WC 927/JS 374/MI-BB/LMGM 304
Arise and Shine CBW 341
Bless the Feast JS 519/GP 532/GC 752/MI-BB
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation WOR 617/RS 778/GC 662/GC2 642/CBW 430/WC 758/JS 409/MI-BB/CH 485
Christians, Lift Up Your Hearts CBW 585
Christ's Church Shall Glory CH 487
Church of God RS 783/GC 664/GP 571/CBW 581/JS 686/MI-BB
Come, Host of Heaven’s High Dwelling Place GC 751/GC2 747
Come to the House GP 531/MI-BB
For Builders Bold RS 891
From East and West GP 567/MI-BB
Gather Us In WOR 665/RS 850/GC 744/GC2 743/CBW 587/WC 883/MI-BB/CH 624
Gather Your People GP 529/JS 681/MI-BB/GC2 742
God Is Here! As We His People WOR 667/RS 844/GC 741/GC2 737/WC 880
How Blessed Is This Place WOR 710/RS 893
I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say RS 851
I Was Glad LMGM 303
In This House JS 526
In This Place GP 533
Let All the World in Every Corner Sing WOR 536/CH 582
Let Us Go to the Altar GP 539
Living Stones CH 484
Moved by the Gospel, Let Us Move RS 801/GC 685
O Christ, the Great Foundation WOR 618/RS 781, 782/CBW 527/CH 488/GC2 646
Only Begotten, Word of God Eternal WOR 666/RS 852/CH 495
Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty CH 496
Out of Darkness JS 390/GC 689/GP 574/MI-BB
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow LMGM 306/WC 919
Psalm 84: How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
Sing a New Church JS 376/GP 572/MI-BB/GC2 644
The Church's One Foundation CH 489/MI-BB/CBW 526/WC 346/GP 573/GC 661/JS 455/WC 764
This Alone GP 621/JS 657/MI-BB
Those Who Seek Your Face GP 447/JS 150/MI-BB
Though the Mountains May Fall (Ps) JS 688/GC2 595
We Love Your Temple, Lord CH 486
What Is This Place WOR 709/RS 892/GC 748/GC2 736/GP 538/JS 396/MI-BB
Who Are We That Stand Together? CH 490