Music Planner

Here are few ideas for music for forthcoming Sundays. However, we recommend The Liturgy Planner which is published by Decani Music.We also recommend Music & Liturgy, the journal of The Society of St Gregory, which includes an excellent music planner and is free to members – worth taking out an annual subscription.

Many of these titles are clickable links which lead to publishers’ websites or to other online demonstrations. Others link to Spotify – worth signing up for!

Advent
You might consider using one or two items throughout of Advent – perhaps changing verses – to unify the season. Some of these might be useful:
Advent/Christmas Communion Song – Baty
Alleluia Veni Emmanuel – Baty
Bread of life – Farrell
Come to set us free – Farell           
Gift of God – Haugen
Longing, Trusting – Foster
Word of justice – Farrell
Magnificat Ty Mam Duw – Baty
Wait for the Lord – Taizé

28 November – 01 Advent A
Come to set us free –Farrell
Dear maker of the starry skies
God is working his purpose out
Hark! A herald voice is calling
In the day of the Lord
Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Like a sea without a shore
O Jesus Christ remember
Promised Lord and Christ is he
There is a longing – Quigley
Though the mountains may fall
Wait for the Lord – Taizé
Word made flesh
Word of justice – Farrell

05 December – 02 Advent A
Across the years
Behold the Lamb of God – Bell
Come, thou long-expected Jesus
God is working his purpose out
Hark! A herald voice is calling
Now watch for God’s coming
O comfort my people
On Jordan’s bank
My soul in stillness waits – Haugen  
The cry of the poor
Wait for the Lord – Taizé

12 December – 03 Advent A
City of God – Schutte
Come, thou long-expected Jesus
Great is the Lord – Inwood
Hail to the Lord’s anointed
Lest he be too far from us
Like a sea without a shore
Magnificat Ty Mam Duw – Baty
Now watch for God’s coming
O comfort my people
Promised Lord and Christ is he
Rejoice Forever – Martin Barry
The Light of Christ
Wait for the Lord – Taizé

19 December – 04 Advent A
A noble flower of Judah
Great is the Lord – Inwood
Hail to the Lord’s anointed
Long ago, prophets knew
Magnificat (Woman asked tobear a son) – Ward
Magnificat Ty Mam Duw – Baty
My soul in stillness waits – Haugen  
The angel Gabriel from heaven
The coming of our God

December 24/25 – The Nativity of the Lord
There are far too many well-loved songs and hymns to list here. But do think of the difference between Mass at Night (Angels, Shepherds, Gloria) and Mass During the Day (God among us, Come and worship). Some other items are mentioned below:

Psalm (Mass at Night):
Christmas Psalm – Farrell
Today a Saviour has been born – Baty
Today is born our Saviour – Inwood

Psalm (Day Mass):
All the ends of the earth – Haugen

Gospel Greeting:
Alleluia Lucis – Baty (includes verses for Christmas, Eve and Day, and early Sundays of the year)
Christmas Alleluia – Dean

Communion Songs:
Advent/Christmas Communion Song – BatyBread of life – Farrell
Son of God, Saviour – Dean

26 December – Holy Family
Angels we have heard
Bread of life – Farrell
Child in the manger
Infant Holy
In the bleak mid-winter
Like a child rests – Walker
Lord Jesus Christ
Lord of all hopefulness
O the word of my Lord
Sleep, holy babe

03 January – 2nd Sunday after the Nativity
God is love, his the care
God our maker
He became poor
Jesus Christ, yesterday, today
Lest he be too far from us
Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Of the Father’s love begotten
See amid the winter’s snow
Thou whose almighty word
Unto us is born a Son
What child is this
Word made flesh

06 January – The Epiphany of the Lord (Thursday)
At the name of Jesus
Bethlehem of noblest cities
Bread of life – Farrell
Laudate Dominum – Taizé
Laudate omnes gentes – Taizé
Sing to the world of Christ – Lee/Sands
The first Nowell
What child is this?

09 January – The Baptism of the Lord
Alleluia, sing to Jesus
Come to the Feast – Haugen
Come to the water – Foley
Hail to the Lord’s anointed
Now in this banquet – Haugen
O praise ye the Lord
On Jordan’s bank
Sing of the Lord’ goodness – Sands
Sing to the world of Christ – Lee/Sands
Water of life – Dean
We shall draw water – Inwood

Fancy a new Gloria for Easter? If so, you’ll need to introduce it to your assembly soon as you won’t be singing it during Lent. For a full list of settings published in England and Wales, click here.

16 January – 2 Year C
Hail to the Lord’s anointed
Into one we all are gathered
My God and is your table spread
Now in this banquet – Haugen
O praise ye the Lord
One bread, one body
Praise to the Lord, the almighty
Taste and see – Baty
Taste and see – Dean

23 January – 3 Year C
God has chosen me – Farrell
God who spoke in the beginning
Hail to the Lord’s anointed
In Christ there is no East or West
In the land – Farrell
O the word of my Lord
One bread, one body

30 January – 4 Year C
Be not afraid
Be thou my vision
Centre of my life – Inwood
He who would valiant be
Into one we all are gathered
Love divine, all loves excelling
O the word of my Lord
Shepherd me, O God – Marty Haugen
Where is love and loving kindness – Rees

06 February – 5 Year C
Be still, for the presence of the Lord
Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Follow me, follow me
Here I am, Lord
He who would valiant be
Holy is God – Inwood
Laudate Dominum – Taizé
Send us as your blessing Lord – Walker
Sing to the mountains
Will you come and follow me – Bell
We praise you, O God – Jones

13 February – 6 Year C
Be not afraid
Be thou my vision
Come my way, my truth, my life
I received the living God
Jesus Christ is waiting
Out of darkness – Walker
Tell out, my soul

20 February – 7 Year C
Forget not what God has done – Haugen
God forgave my sin
In Christ there is no East or West
Into one we all are gathered
Praise to the Lord, the almighty
This is my will
Where is love and loving kindness – Rees

27 February – 8 Year C
Alleluia, sing to Jesus
Be thou my vision
Centre of my life – Inwood
In the Lord, I’ll be ever thankful – Taizé
O God, your search me – Farrell
O the word of my Lord
Seek ye first
You know me, Lord – Walsh

Planning Ahead: If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to think of music for the Easter Triduum. It’s really worth investing in a copy of Resurrexit, published by Decani Music. Click here for details.

Forthcoming Dates
02 March – Ash Wednesday
06 March – 1 Lent C
10 April – Palm Sunday
14 March – Maundy Thursday
15 March – Good Friday
16 March – Holy Saturday
17 March – Easter Sunday
26 May – Ascension of the Lord (Thursday)
05 June – Pentecost
12 June – Most Holy Trinity
19 June – Body and Blood of Christ
26 June – 13 Year C