Liturgy Planning

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

March 19, 2023

Year A - Lectionary [31]

First Reading

David is anointed as king of Israel. | 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a

The Lord said to Samuel, ‘Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen myself a king among his sons.’ When Samuel arrived, he caught sight of Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed stands there before him,’ but the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Take no notice of his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him: God does not see as man sees: man looks at appearances but the Lord looks at the heart.’ Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen these.’ He then asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’ He answered, ‘There is still one left, the youngest; he is out looking after the sheep.’ Then Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send for him; we will not sit down to eat until he comes.’ Jesse had him sent for, a boy of fresh complexion, with fine eyes and pleasant bearing. The Lord said, ‘Come, anoint him, for this is the one.’ At this, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him where he stood with his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord seized on David and stayed with him from that day on.


The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want. | Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6

The Lord is my shepherd;

  there is nothing I shall want.

Fresh and green are the pastures

  where he gives me repose.

Near restful waters he leads me,

  to revive my drooping spirit.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

He guides me along the right path;

  he is true to his name.

If I should walk in the valley of darkness

  no evil would I fear.

You are there with your crook and your staff;

  with these you give me comfort.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

You have prepared a banquet for me

  in the sight of my foes.

My head you have anointed with oil;

  my cup is overflowing.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me

  all the days of my life.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell

  for ever and ever.

The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

Second Reading

Arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. | Ephesians 5:8-14

You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; be like children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth. Try to discover what the Lord wants of you, having nothing to do with the futile works of darkness but exposing them by contrast. The things which are done in secret are things that people are ashamed even to speak of; but anything exposed by the light will be illuminated and anything illuminated turns into light. That is why it is said:

Wake up from your sleep,

rise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you.

Gospel Acclamation

Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

I am the light of the world, says the Lord;

whoever follows me will have the light of life.

Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

John 8:12


The blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored | John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. He spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man, and said to him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (a name that means ‘sent’). So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.

  His neighbours and people who earlier had seen him begging said, ‘Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?’ Some said, ‘Yes, it is the same one.’ Others said, ‘No, he only looks like him.’ The man himself said, ‘I am the man.’

  They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. It had been a sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes, so when the Pharisees asked him how he had come to see, he said, ‘He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.’ Then some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the sabbath.’ Others said, ‘How could a sinner produce signs like this?’ And there was disagreement among them. So they spoke to the blind man again, ‘What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?’ ‘He is a prophet’ replied the man.

  ‘Are you trying to teach us,’ they replied ‘and you a sinner through and through, since you were born!’ And they drove him away.

  Jesus heard they had driven him away, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.’ The man said, ‘Lord, I believe’, and worshipped him.


'Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers'


Psalm 23: My Shepherd is the Lord
Composer: Gelineau SJ, Joseph
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 23: Se An Tiarna M'Aoire
Composer: O'Carroll, Fintan
Publisher: IND
Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 33: Let Your Mercy Be on Us
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 33: Lord, Let Your Mercy
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 51: Be Merciful, O Lord
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA

Hymns & Songs

Alleluia! Alleluia! Let the Holy Anthem
Publisher: PD
Amazing Grace
Text: Newton, John / Rees, John
Publisher: GIA
Be Still and Know That I Am God
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Psalm 46
Publisher: WLP
Be Thou My Vision
Publisher: PD
Bless the Lord, My Soul
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Psalm 102
Coventry Litany of Reconciliation
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Composer: Thomerson, Kathleen
Text: Thomerson, Kathleen
Publisher: GIA
Jesus, the Lord
Composer: O’Connor SJ, Roc
Text: O’Connor SJ, Roc
Publisher: OCP
Lead, Kindly Light
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Cardinal John Henry Newman
Publisher: WLP
My God and My All
Composer: Zaragoza, Rufina, OFM
Publisher: OCP
My Soul Is at Rest
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Berthier, Jacques
Publisher: GIA
O Lord, Hear My Prayer
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Open My Eyes
Composer: Manibusan, Jesse
Text: Mark 8:22-25
Publisher: OCP
Praise to You, O Christ, Our Savior
Composer: Farrell, Bernadette
Text: Farrell, Bernadette
Publisher: OCP
Remember Your Love
Composer: Ducote, Darryl / Daigle, Gary
Text: Balhoff, Mike
Publisher: OCP
Tree of Life
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Triduum Hymn: Wondrous Love
Composer: Southern Harmony
Text: Means, Alexander
Publisher: GIA