Wednesday, January 9, 2013


13 January 2013

Once again, a Sunday feast that falls on its traditional date!  Yes, in the traditional liturgical calendar (which, incidentally, is still observed when Mass is said in the Extraordinary Form), the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ is on the fixed date of January 13, which, well... just happens to fall on a Sunday this year.


So, without further ado, the music list for this final day of the Christmas Season (numbers refer to the red Worship hymnal):

Entrance hymn: 356 On Jordan's bank
- Although this familiar hymn falls in the Advent section of many hymnals, it's still very much appropriate for this feast.  After all, it echoes passages from the Gospel you heard a month ago, on the Third Sunday of Advent: "One mightier than I is to come....I am not fit to loosen the thongs of his sandals," spake John the Baptist.

Gloria: same as Holy Family

Responsorial Psalm: O bless the Lord, my soul (setting by Royce Nickel)
Alleluia: same as Holy Family

Offertory hymn: 412 When John baptized by Jordan's river
- Many of you who come to Mass at Sacred Heart regularly will recognize the tune.  It's the same tune that is used for the Eucharistic hymn Father, we thank thee who hast planted.  (Listen)

Sanctus through Agnus Dei: same as Holy Family.

Communion anthem: Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel (Psalm Tone 7c with alternating polyphony by yours truly.

Meditation hymn: 488 Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All

Recessional hymn: 410 Songs of thankfulness and praise
- Once again, you'll recognize the tune with another hymn.  This is the same tune as Easter hymn At the Lamb's High Feast we sing.  (Listen)