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The incipit of the Gregorian chant introit Jubilate Deo, from which Jubilate Sunday gets its name.

Jubilate Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Eastertide,[1] being the third Sunday after Easter Sunday. It is called this because in the liturgy of the Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church the first line of the introit for that day's Mass is "Jubilate Deo omnis terra" ("Shout with joy to God, all the earth") from Psalm 66 (65).[1]

The Lutheran Church historically named this Sunday as the fourth Sunday of Easter following Misericordia Domini and preceding Cantate (see Luther for the Busy Man by P.D. Pahl, 1974, Adelaide).

The liturgy for this day, and for the next two Sundays, continues to celebrate the Easter resurrection.

Johann Sebastian Bach composed three church cantatas for the occasion observed in the Lutheran church, based on the prescribed readings, the epistle reading, 1 Peter 2:11–20, "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man", and the gospel reading, John 16:16–23, the announcement of the Second Coming from the Farewell discourse:


  1. ^ a b Fenker, Aaron. "Jubilate – Rejoice!". Higher Things. Retrieved 2 May 2019. Today is Jubilate Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter. Jubilate comes from the Latin Introit for today – “Make a joyful noise.”
Preceded by
Divine Mercy Sunday
2nd Sunday of Easter
Sundays of the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar
Jubilate Sunday
3rd Sunday of Easter
Succeeded by
Good Shepherd Sunday
4th Sunday of Easter