DECEMBER 8, SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Lectionary #689

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

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.

Canten al Señor (Cortés) FYC 242 (Respuesta II)
Sing to God a New Song PSL C-83/SS
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Alstott) BB
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Bedford) SO 18/PRM B118/PMB 759/WS
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Black) CBW 227
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Gelineau/Carroll) WOR 1060/RS 137/LPGG 1065
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Guimont) GC2 969/RS 136/LPMG 689
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Haas/Haugen/Kodner) RS 135/GC 95/GC2 55
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Hunstiger) SS
Sing to the Lord a New Song (Schiavone) LP 213/JS 1065

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.


Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy

*A Message Came to a Maiden Young (G) RS 478
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus (G) RS 897GC 787
Alma Redemptoris Mater (G) JS 488/SS
*As a Bridegroom Rejoices (E) PSL C-100/SS
*Ave Maria (G) WOR 713/LMGM 95/WC 972/RS 896, 898/GC 785, 789/GC2 772, 774/JS 493, 504/MI‑BB/GP 429/PMB 532/SS
*Behold, O Zion (E) IH 2
*Blessed One (G) WS
*By God Kept Pure (2) WS
Canticle of the Turning (2) RS 678/GC 556/GC2 527
*Hail Mary (G) LMGM 98/GC 782/GC2 772, 779/RS 896/MI‑BB/PMB 528/WC 974, 978/WS
*Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (G) GP 426/JS 489/GC 782/GC2 779/MI‑BB/WC 974/WS
Hail, Mary, Our Icon (1,2) MI-BB
Highly Favored One (G) CBW 459
*Holy Mary, Full of Grace (G) CBW 461
*I Am for You, v 2 (G) GC 704/GC2 676
I Say "Yes," Lord/Digo "Si," Senor (G) RS 722/GC 597/GC2 581/WS
I Sing a Maid (G) RS 899/GC 781/GC2 777/CBW 462
Immaculate Mary (G) WOR 708/GP 430/LMGM 99/CBW 463/WC 99/BB/RS 890/GC 790/GC2 783/JS 535/WS/PMB 530/SS
*In God I Will Rejoice (E) IH 88
*Joy to You (G) PMB 526
*Let It Be Done to Us (G) MI-BB
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
Mary, How Lovely the Light of Your Glory (G) WOR 711
*Mary, Woman of the Promise (G) CBW 465/JS 496/MI-BB/SS
*No Wind at the Window (G) RS 876/GC 768
O Holy Mary (G) MI‑BB 721/JS 494
O Sanctissima RS 900/GC 780/GC2 775/WOR 712/CBW 468/WC 986/WS/JS 500/PMB 533/MI-BB/SS
Praise We the Lord This Day (G) GC 777/GC2 769/RS 877/WOR 696/JS 512
Savior of the Nations, Come (G) WOR 372/BB/RS 480/GC 334/GC2 348/WC 473/JS 321/SS
Servant of the Word (G) CBW 467
She Will Show Us the Promised One (G) WC 985/PMB 539
Sing of Mary (G) WOR 404/GP 432/LMGM 100/WC 983/MI‑BB/RS 528/GC 783/GC2 778/JS 490/WS/PMB 538/SS
Sing We of the Blessed Mother (G) WOR 714/RS 895/GC 786/GC2 776/JS 491/SS
Sion, Sing (G) RS 532
Stainless the Maiden (2) WC 981/WS
*The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (G) WOR 695/CBW 316/GP 441/JS 513/BB
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (G) JS 514/CBW 464/WOR 405/SS

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Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
And Mary Said to the Angel (SATB)  Hassler, Hans Leo/Bichsel, M.  Concordia (98-1960)  G
Angel Gabriel, The (Basque Carol) (SATB)  Schroeder  Concordia (98-2381)  G
Annunciation, The (SATB) 
Annunciation, The (SATB, Soprano, Tenor, soli, 3 Violins, Viola & Continuo) 
Christiansen, P. 
Schütz, Heinrich 
Augsburg (1124) 
J. Fischer (8999) 
G
Ave, Ave, the Angel Sang (SATB, Organ)  Lau, Robert  Wayne Leupold (WL 100016)  G
Ave Maria (SATB)
Ave Maria (SATB)
Aquilanti
Caccini
E.C. Schurmer
GIA
G
Behold the Handmaid of the Lord (SSA)  Goodman, Joseph  Merrymount (Mc 440)  G
Blessed Be the Father (SATB)  Christiansen, Paul  AMSI (200)  2
Cantate Domino (Unison/2-part with Keyboard)  Bedford, Michael  Choristers Guild (CGA 689) P
Canticle of Celebration, A (SATB, Organ, opt. Brass)  Young, Gordon  Carl Fischer (CM 7792) E
Diffusa Est Gratia Nanini CPDL G
Dixit Maria (SATB, Latin)
Dixit Maria (SATB, Latin/English)
Dixit Maria (SATB, Latin) 
Dixit Maria (SATB, Latin)
Hassler, Hans Leo 
Hassler, Hans Leo 
Hassler, Hans Leo 
Hassler, Hans Leo 
Arista (AE 288)
J. Fischer (9679)
J. W. Chester (JWC 55110) 
CPDL
G
Dixit Maria ad Angelum (SATB, a capella)  Thompson, J. Michael (ed.)  World Library (WLP 005791) G
Ecce Concipies (SATB, a cappella, Latin)
Ecce Concipies (SATB, a cappella, Latin/English)
Ecce Concipies (SATB, a cappella, Latin) 
Ecce Concipies (SATB, a cappella, Latin)
Handl, Jacob
Handl, Jacob/Simkins, Carl
Handl, Jacob 
Handl, Jacob 
Arista (AE 243)
Concordia (98-2244)
J.W. Chester (55107) 
CPDL
G
G
G
G
Gabriel’s Message (SSA, Keyboard)  Prower  Concordia (98-3634)  G
God Chose Us in Christ (SATB, Solo, Piano, Organ, Keyboard) Hutmacher, OFM, Robert M.  GIA (G-3101)  2
Hymn to the Queen of Heaven Healey E.C. Schirmer G
I Sing A Maid (SATB, keyboard)  Ridge, M.D./Joncas, Michael    G
I Will Greatly Rejoice (SATB)
I Will Greatly Rejoice (SATB, Keyboard) 
Nystedt, Knut 
Butler, Eugene 
Hinshaw (HMC 226) 
Carl Fischer (CM 8118)
E
I Will Greatly Rejoice in the Lord (Unison, w/descant, Organ)  Young, Phililp M.  Concordia (98-3093)  E
I Will Rejoice in the Lord (SSAA, Piano)  Van Vleck, J.  Carl Fischer (CM 7956) E
Immaculate Mary, Lourdes Hymn  (SATB, Organ)  Arr. by Daniel Laginya  GIA (G-3179)  G
In Venisti Enim Gratiam (SATB, Latin/English)  Victoria, Tomas Luis  G. Schirmer (11966)  G
King of Glory, King of Peace (SATB)  Stearns, P. Pindar  Paraclete (PPM 9901) 2
Magnificat (SSA) R. Thompson arr. Seitz E. C. Schirmer G
Make a Joyful Noise  (SATB, a cappella, finger cymbals, tambourine)  Kirk, Theron  Hope (A-533)  P
Make a Joyful Noise (2-part treble)  Roff, Joseph  Concordia (98-2957)  P
Messenger to Ephesus (SATB, Keyboard)  Butler, Eugene  Hope (EB 9205)  2
Missus est Gabriel (SSAA)  Morales, Cristobal/Goodale, R.  G. Schirmer (11147)  G
Ne Timeas Maria (SATB)
Ne Timeas Maria (SATB) 
Ne Timeas Maria (SATB) 
Victoria, Tomas Luis/Washington, H.
Victoria, Tomas Luis 
Victoria, Tomas Luis
Alexander Broude (ABC-6)
J.W. Chester (55110) 
CPDL
G
O For a Thousand Tongues  (SATB, Sop. & Bass Soli, Organ, opt. Brass)  Beck, John Ness  Gentry (G-308)  P
O Mary of All Women from “2 Hymns in the Dorian Mode” (SATB, a capella)  Jenkins, Joseph Wilcox(arr.)  World Library (WLP CA-1681-8)  G
O Sanctissima Beethoven/Thatcher MSM G
O Sing Unto the Lord  (SATB, Soprano Solo, Flute, Horn, Organ) 
O Sing Unto the Lord (SATB, Double Bass) 
O Sing Unto the Lord (SATB, Organ) 
O Sing Unto the Lord (TBB, Organ) 
Henderson, Ruth Watson 
Zimmerman, H. 
Huston, John 
Dello Joio, N. 
Oxford (94.236) 
Chantry Music 
H.W. Gray (2301) 
Carl Fischer (CM 7138) 
P
O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song  (SATB, Bass solo, Organ, Brass Quartet) 
O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song (SA, keyboard) 
Willan, Healy 
Willan, Healy 
C.F. Peters (6016)  
Concordia (97-9760) 
P
Psalm 98 (2-part, Orff instr.) 
Psalm 98 (SA, Organ) 
Psalm 98 (SATB) 
Psalm 98 (SATB, a cappella) 
Psalm 98 (SATB, Trumpet) 
Psalm 98 (SATB/SATB) 
Psalm 98 (SATB/SATB) 
Psalm 98 (SATB/SATB, German only)
Psalm 98 (TBB, Piano or Brass Quintet) 
Psalm 98 (Unison, Keyboard) 
Psaume XCVIII (SSATB, a cappella) 
Maeker Nelson, Ron 
Bourgeois, Louis/Van
Halsema, Dick 
Distler, Hugo 
Martinson, Joel 
Schütz, Heinrich/Kaplan, A 
Schütz, Heinrich/Wullner, F. 
Schütz, Heinrich 
Crawford, John 
Marshall, Jane 
Gallus, Jacobus 
Concordia (98-3038) 
Augsburg (11-1634) 
Carl Fischer (CM 6982) 
Arista (AE 110) 
Concordia (98-3225) 
Mills (60829) 
G. Schirmer (5962) 
Barenreiter (2398) 
Oxford (94.102) 
Choristers Guild (CGA 427)
Galaxy 
P
Rejoice in the Lord (SATB, Organ)  Haan, Raymond  Augsburg (11-0675)  P
Shout Joyfully (Unison, 2-part, Keyboard)  Rentz, Earlene  Choristers Guild (CGA 1004) P
Sing a Joyful Song in Praise (SSATBB, Bass Solo, Organ)  Wood, Dale  Hall & McCreary (1710)  P
Sing a New Song (SATB/SATB, English/German)
Sing a New Song (SATB/SATB) 
Pachelbel, J./Sateren, Leland
Pachelbel, J./Ehret, Walter 
AMSI (329)
Hinshaw (HMC 297) 
P
Sing a New Song to the Lord (Unison, Piano or Organ)  Wills, Arthur  Novello (A-1453)  P
Sing to the Lord (2-part, Organ) 
Sing to the Lord (Unison/2-part, Keyboard) 
Hughes, Howard 
Owens, Sam Batt 
GIA (G-2011) 
GIA (G-4717) 
P
Sing to the Lord a Brand New Song (SATB, English, German)  Schütz, Heinrich  GIA (G-1790)  P
Sing to the Lord a New Song (2-part mixed)  Pachelbel, J./Braun, Wm.  Concordia (98-3151)  P
Thanksgiving Hymn from Ephesus (SATB, Solo, Keyboard)  Hansen, James  GIA (G-4636)  2
Tota Pulchra Es
Tota Pulchra Es
Bruckner
di Lasso
CPDL
CPDL
G
G
Visitation Carol, MIDDLEBURY  (2-part, triangle)  Schulz-Widmar, Russell (arr.)  GIA (G-4740)  G
Within the Vale of Eden (SATB, a cappella) 
Clemens, James E. (arr.)  World Library (008715) G, 1

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