Thursday, April 18, 2013



After all, the Gospel passages (and the Alleluia verse that precedes it) for this day in all three years of the Lectionary cycle mentions Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  The Communion proper in the Roman Gradual for this day repeats what is said in the Alleluia verse: I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.
All numbers for today refer to the red Worship hymnal.

Entrance hymn: 459 At the Lamb's high feast we sing
- This is the same tune as Songs of thankfulness and praise, which we sang on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Gloria: same as the last three Sundays

Responsorial Psalm: We are his people, the sheep of his flock, music by Royce Nickel

Alleluia: same as the last three Sundays

Offertory hymn: 496 Crown him with many crowns (Should be familiar, but Listen anyways!)

Sung Mass: same as the last three Sundays

Communion anthem: He shall feed his flock, from Messiah, by George Frederic Handel
- This is an air that Handel composed in two portions: He shall feed his flock, in the key of F for alto, followed by Come unto Him, in the key of B-flat for soprano (similar melody).

Meditation hymn: 443 O Queen of Heaven/Regina Caeli (in English and Latin)

Recessional hymn: 463 Christ the Lord is ris'n today, alleluia (Listen)
- Listen link is to another hymn, Hail the day that sees him rise, an Ascension hymn which uses the same tune.  This is yet a third "ris'n today" hymn that gets used regularly during Easter Season.  On Easter Sunday and the Octave, we sang the most familiar Jesus Christ is ris'n today.  Last Sunday, we sang another Christ the Lord is ris'n today, but without the alleluia, which is a paraphrase of the Sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes.  This Sunday, we sing a text that I particularly enjoy singing:

Christ the Lord is ris'n today, alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, alleluia!
Sing, ye heav'ns, and earth reply, alleluia!