Cheese Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Eastertide, 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).
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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:
- Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12, 22 April 1714
- Ihr werdet weinen und heulen, BWV 103, 22 April 1725
- Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal, BWV 146, 12 May 1726 or 18 April 1728
- Fenker, Aaron. "Jubilate – Rejoice!" (in English). Higher Things. https://higherthings.org/articles/catechesis/jubilate/. 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.”"
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