Music Planner

Here are few ideas for music for forthcoming Sundays and Solemnities. 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.

Eastertide
There is an endless selection of hymns for the Sundays of Easter so do check the Easter sections of your hymnbook. Those listed below may be less well-known or fit specific Sundays. But any song proclaiming “He is risen”, or “This is the day” can be sung throughout the season.

28 April – 5 Easter B
Alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord
Christ is alive! With joy we sing
I will be with you – Baty (Communion Song)
Now the green blade riseth
O praise ye the Lord
Sing to the mountains
This is my body
This is my will
This is the day – Barry
This is the day – Baty
Unless a grain of wheat – Bernadette Farrell
We have a Gospel to proclaim

Until you come again contains a selection of service music in a variety of styles. The collection includes three settings of the Gloria, seven Gospel Greetings and six sets of Eucharistic Acclamations.

All can be accompanied by organ/piano or guitar and often both but optional instrument and choir parts and provided for the more adventurous community.

A4 paperback. 102 pages. £10.

05 May – 6 Easter B
God is love, his the care
I will be with you – Baty (Communion Song)
Lord, you love has drawn us near
Love is his word
Now the green blade riseth
Out of darkness – Walker
This is my body
Unless a grain of wheat – Bernadette Farrell
We have a Gospel to proclaim
We have been told
Where is love and loving kindness

09 May – Ascension Day (Thursday)
All hail the power of Jesus’ name
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
At the name of Jesus
Crown him with many crowns
God, your glory we have seen
I will be with you – Baty (Communion Song)
Hail the day that sees him rise
New praises be given
Rejoice! The Lord is King
Stand and stare not – Huijbers
The head that once was crowned
We have a Gospel to proclaim

We Come to Your Table contains 21 songs for the Communion Procession. Each piece has a refrain for the assembly and verses for the cantor.

All can be accompanied by keyboard or guitar, but optional instrument and choir parts are provided for the more adventurous community.

A4 paperback. 64 pages. £12.
ISBN: 9798840779330

12 May – 7 Easter B
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
Be still and know I am with you
Christ is King of earth and heaven
Jesus is Lord
Now in this banquet
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
We have a gospel to proclaim
Where is love and loving kindness

19 May – Pentecost Sunday
Breathe on me, breath of God
Come down, O love divine
Come Holy Ghost, Creator come
Come Holy Spirit
God’s spirit is in my heart
Holy Spirit of fire
I will be with you – Baty (Communion Song)
Litany of the Spirit – Inwood
Spirit of God – Farrell
This is the day
Veni creator Spiritus
Veni Sancte Spiritus (Plainsong)
Veni Sancte Spiritus (Taizé)
Veni Sancte Spirius (Walker)
Wisdom, come softly – Barry

NEW FOR 2023
Seasonal Songs and Common Psalms contains items for Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum and other Sundays and feasts. Alongside those once-a-year-items are Common Psalms, intended to help the community respond to the word in song. All can be led by a cantor, accompanied by guitar or keyboard, but optional instrument and choir parts are also provided.

A4 paperback. 72 pages. £10.
ISBN: 9798852056924

Available now from Amazon.

26 May – Trinity Sunday
Be still for the presence of the Lord
Come, praise the Lord
Father, in my life I see
Father, Lord of all creation
Firmly I believe and truly
God beyond all names
Holy God, we praise thy name
I bind unto myself today
Immortal, invisible God only wise
Neither death, nor life – Marty Haugen
Praise to the Lord, the almighty
This day God gives me
Thou whose almighty word
We praise you, O God

02 June – Corpus Christi
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
An upper room did our Lord prepare
Bread for the world – Farrell
Bread of life – Farrell
Bread of life, truth eternal – CJM
Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Love is his word
Of the glorious body telling
Now in this banquet – Haugen
This is my body
You are the living bread – Nick Baty (Communion Song)

09 June – 10 Year B
Brother, sister, let me serve you
Father, Lord of all Creation
Gather us in – Haugen
In Christ there is no East or West
Let there be peace on earth
One bread, one body
Seek ye first
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
Will you let me be your servant

16 June – 11 Year B
All creatures of our God and King
Bring forth the kingdom – Marty Haugen
For the beauty of the earth
For the fruits of his creation
Gather us in – Haugen
God is working his purpose out
How great thou art
In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful – Taizé
Jesus is Lord, creation’s voice
Laudate Dominum – Taizé
Loving father from your bounty
O worship the king
Seed scattered and sown
Steal away to Jesus
Unless a grain of wheat – Bernadette Farrell
We walk by faith – Haugen

23 June – 12 Year B
All ye who seek a comfort sure
At the name of Jesus
Be not afraid
Be still and know that I am God
Be still my soul
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid – Baty (Communion Song)
I will be with you
In every age, O Lord – Feeley
In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful (Taizé)
Jesus is Lord, creation’s voice
O worship the king
Praise to the Lord, the almighty
Praise the Lord! Ye heavens adore him
Remember, remember your mercy, Lord – Inwood
Sing of the Lord’s goodness – Sands

30 June – Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
Be not afraid
Do not be afraid – Baty (Communion Song)
Church of God, elect and glorious
For all the saints
I will be with you – Baty (Communion Song)
In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful – Taizé
Into a world of darkness
The Church’s one foundation
Thy hand, O God, has guidedUnless a grain of wheat – Bernadette Farrell

07 July – 14 Year B
All my hope on God is founded
Be thou my vision
Bring forth the kingdom – Marty Haugen
Christ be our light – Bernadette Farrell
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid – Baty?
Father hear the prayer we offer
Father we come to you – James Walsh
Fight the good fight
Forth in the peace of Christ
He who would valiant be
Here I am, Lord
How shall they hear the word
Immortal, invisible
Jesus Christ is waiting
Lest he be too far from us
My song is love unknown
Ostende nobis Domine – Taizé
Trust in the Lord

14 July – 15 Year B
All that is hidden – Farrell
Be not afraid
Do not be afraid – Baty
Come, Lord Jesus come
God has chosen me – Farrell
In Christ there is no East or West
I will be with you
O the word of my Lord
Send us as your blessing, Lord – Christopher Walker
Take Christ to the world – Inwood

21 July – 16 Year B
All people that on earth do dwell
All ye who seek a comfort sure
Come to me, all who labour
In Christ there is no East or West
In the land – Farrell
Lord of all hopefulness
O Christe Domine Jesu – Taizé
Praise we our God with joy
Shepherd me, O God – Haugen
Sing all creation

Future dates
01 November: All. Saints Day (Friday)
24 November: Christ the King
01 December: 1 Advent C. New Lectionary arrives
25 December: Christmas Day (Wednesday)
2025 Year of Luke
05 January: Epiphany
02 February: Presentation of the Lord (Sunday)
05 March: Ash Wednesday
20 April: Easter Sunday