04 December 2008

Hymns for the Historic Gesimas

Septuagesima
Exodus 17:1–7
1 Corinthians 9:24—10:5
Matthew 20:1–16

Hymn of Invocation
Word of God, come down on earth (LSB 545)

Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
Salvation unto us has come (LSB 555)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Seek where you may to find a way (LSB 557)
Now, my tongue, the myst’ry telling (LSB 630)
By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless (LSB 566)
O God, my faithful God (LSB 696)

Hymn of Departure
O Christ, our hope, our hearts’ desire (LSB 553)

Alternative Hymns
Abide, O dearest Jesus (LSB 919)
Christ is made the sure foundation (LSB 909)
Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer (LSB 918)
Hark, the voice of Jesus calling (LSB 827)
How clear is our vocation, Lord (LSB 853)
In God, my faithful God (LSB 745)
Lord, dismiss us with Your blessing (LSB 924)
Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word (LSB 655)
New songs of celebration render (LSB 792)
O God of God, O Light of Light (LSB 810)
O Holy Spirit, grant us grace (LSB 693)
O Word of God incarnate (LSB 523)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (LSB 790)
Rise, my soul, to watch and pray (LSB 663)
Rise! To arms! With prayer employ you (LSB 668)
Rock of ages, cleft for me (LSB 761)
Triune God, be Thou our stay (LSB 505)
Water, blood, and Spirit crying (LSB 597)
Why should cross and trial grieve me (LSB 756)
With the Lord begin your task (LSB 869)


Sexagesima
Isaiah 55:10–13
2 Corinthians 11:19—12:9 (or Hebrews 4:9–13)
Luke 8:4–15

Hymn of Invocation
From God the Father, virgin-born (LSB 401)

Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
May God bestow on us His grace (LSB 823)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
My soul, now praise your maker (LSB 820)
Preach you the Word, and plant it home (LSB 586)
Almighty God, Your Word is cast (LSB 577)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (LSB 790)

Hymn of Departure
O God, O Lord of heaven and earth (LSB 834)

Alternative Hymns
Almighty Father, bless the Word (LSB 923)
Blessed Jesus, at Your Word (LSB 904)
Faith and truth and life bestowing (LSB 584)
Father, we thank Thee who hast planted (LSB 652)
From God can nothing move me (LSB 713)
God has spoken by His prophets (LSB 583)
God’s Word is our great heritage (LSB 582)
Hark, the voice of Jesus calling (LSB 827)
I know my faith is founded (LSB 587)
In the cross of Christ I glory (LSB 427)
Now thank we all our God (LSB 895)
O Word of God incarnate (LSB 523)
On what has now been sown (LSB 921)
Preserve Your Word, O Savior (LSB 658)
Speak, O Lord, Your servant listens (LSB 589)
Spread the reign of God the Lord (LSB 830)
The will of God is always best (LSB 758)
What is the world to me (LSB 730)
Who trusts in God a strong abode (LSB 714)
Why should cross and trial grieve me (LSB 756)


Quinquagesima
1 Samuel 16:1–13 (or Isaiah 35:3–7)
1 Corinthians 13:1–13
Luke 18:31–43

Hymn of Invocation
Father most holy, merciful and tender (LSB 504)

Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
Let us ever walk with Jesus (LSB 685)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Praise the One who breaks the darkness (LSB 849)
All depends on our possessing (LSB 732)
Christ be my leader by night as by day (LSB 861)
I will sing my Maker’s praises (LSB 977e; TLH 25; LW 439)

Hymn of Departure
Sing praise to God, the highest good (LSB 819)

Alternative Hymns
All who believe and are baptized (LSB 601)
Christ, the Life of all the living (LSB 420)
Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice (LSB 556)
From God can nothing move me (LSB 713)
Hear us, Father, when we pray (LSB 773)
In God, my faithful God (LSB 745)
In the cross of Christ I glory (LSB 427)
Jesus, I will ponder now (LSB 440)
Jesus, priceless treasure (LSB 743)
Jesus, refuge of the weary (LSB 423)
Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide (LSB 585)
Lord, ‘tis not that I did choose Thee (LSB 573)
My song is love unknown (LSB 430)
O God of light, Your Word, a lamp unfailing (LSB 836)
O sacred head, now wounded (LSB 450)
O Son of God, in Galilee (LSB 841)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (LSB 790)
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted (LSB 451)
Why should cross and trial grieve me (LSB 756)
Word of God, come down on earth (LSB 545)

4 comments:

Christopher Esget said...

Hi Rick-
I always appreciate these hymn-selection guides, and use them to compare with my own to make sure I've considered all the best choices. I noticed that you selected "Thy Strong Word" as a distribution hymn for Sexagesima. That has the "A" word in it, which most, if not all, historic-lectionary parishes would eschew from Septuagesima on.
FWIW-
+Christopher

Rev. Rick Stuckwisch said...

Thanks for the heads up, Brother Esget, as well as for your kind words. I'm glad my efforts are helpful; and I appreciate your calling "Thy Strong Word" to my attention. I'll take a look at that when I can and make adjustments.

Rev. Rick Stuckwisch said...

Thanks again to Father Esget for alerting me to the presence of "Alleluia" in "Thy Strong Word," which is avoided during Pre-Lent (as also throughout Lent).

It turns out that several other hymns among my suggestions also included the "A" word; so I am in the process of revising my suggestions. Those changes should be reflected above by the end of the day.

Red said...

two years later still using the -gesimas. We await Lent for the omission of the Alleluias and thus sing "Alleluia, Song of Gladness" on Quinquagesima. I see no reason to begin Lent before Lent. Let the Gesimas be a common time. Thanks so very much, Rick, for all your work though I know you no longer use this series of Sundays. Tom Olson