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The Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Justus es Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.332]
    2. Justus es Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.542]
    3. Justus es Domine (Chris Mueller, Robert White)
    4. You are righteous, O Lord [Simple English Propers, p.292 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. Lord, you are just [Simple Choral Gradual, p.217 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Righteous, O Lord, Art Thou (Antonio Vivaldi) [Elkan-Vogel]
    7. O Lord, My Good and Gracious God [tune: Old Hundredth] from Introit Hymns #60 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. (A/B) Beata gens [Graduale Romanum, p.333]
    2. (A/B) Beata gens [Gregorian Missal, p.543]
    3. Blessed Is the Nation (John Stainer)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Domine, exaudi orationem [Graduale Romanum, p.334]
    2. Domine, exaudi orationem [Gregorian Missal, p.544]
    3. Domine exaudi orationem meam (Orlando diLasso) [G. Schirmer]
    4. Domine exaudi orationem meam (Antonio Cebrián, Giovanni Gabrieli)
    5. Hear My Prayer, O Lord (Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke, Thomas Tomkins)
  • Offertory:
    1. Oravi Deum meum [Graduale Romanum, p.334]
    2. Oravi Deum meum [Gregorian Missal, p.545]
    3. Oravi ad Dominum (G.P. da Palestrina)
    4. I prayed to my God, I, Daniel [Simple English Propers, p.293 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. Mercifully listen, O God [Simple Choral Gradual, p.218 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Communion:
    1. Vovete, et reddite [Graduale Romanum, p.335]
    2. Vovete, et reddite [Gregorian Missal, p.546]
    3. Sicut cervus (Palestrina)
    4. Make vows unto the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.294 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. Like a deer that longs [Simple Choral Gradual, p.219 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. I am the light of the world [Simple Choral Gradual, p.220 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. As the Deer for Water Longs (Handel/Hopson) [Agape]
    8. As the Hart Panteth (Benedetto Marcello) [H.W. Gray]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Masses VIII (De angelis) & XI (Orbis factor)
    2. Latin Gregorian Chant Masses XI (Orbis factor) & VIII (De angelis)
    3. Latin Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk)
    4. Latin Mass of Saint Jerome (Christopher Bord)
    5. Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians (Richard Connolly)
    6. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    7. Mass of the Angels (Richard J. Clark)
    8. Mass of the Redemption (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)
    9. Modal Mass (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)

Other liturgical music


  • All Creatures of Our God and King (WIII #520, HPSC #103, CBW #620, PMB #120, HH #186, AH #600, CH #555, CHB #198, SMH #198)
  • Blessed Jesu, in This Mystery (CD #884)
  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (WIII #617, HPSC #128, ICEL #183, CBW #542, CH #485, AH #561, CHB #209, SMH #255, EH #384)
  • Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord (HPSC #137)
  • Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (CD #922, ICEL #40, CHB #212, EH #435)
  • Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether (CD #889, WIII #731)
  • Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted (WIII #558, HPSC #156, CH #374, PMB #121, CBW #676, AH #515, CHB #116, SMH #295, EH #195)
  • Gift of Finest Wheat (WIII #736, HPSC #360, PMB #665, CBW #570, CH #389, SMH #302)
  • God of Our Fathers (PMB #124, CH #660, WIII #764, ICEL #227, AH #625, HPSC #167, SMH #315, EH #143)
  • God Whose Giving Knows No Ending (WIII #631, CD #873)
  • Help Us Accept Each Other (WIII #656)
  • How Good A Thing It Is (HPSC #186)
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (ICEL #152, WIII #588, AH #470, CH #454, CHB #242, SMH #409, EH #479)
  • O God, Empower Us (WIII #642)
  • Praise to the Lord (WIII #547, ICEL #245, HPSC #284, CH #592, PMB #122, CBW #653, AH #612, CHB #110, SMH #498, EH #279)
  • Rejoice the Lord Is King (WIII #493, ICEL #108, HPSC #290, HH #181, CBW #645, CH #515, CHB #261, SMH #510, EH #350)
  • The Great Creator of the Worlds (HPSC #322, EH #298)
  • To God with Gladness Sing (HPSC #335, WIII #2, CH #577)
  • What Wondrous Love Is This? (CD #822, WIII #600, HH #95, PMB #157, ICEL #164, CH #530, HH #95, SMH #607)
  • Your Love, O God, Has All the World Created (WIII #638)
AH = The Adoremus Hymnal, Ignatius Press
CBW = Catholic Book of Worship II / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CD = Cantate Domino / Hymnal Supplement, GIA Publications, Inc.
CH = The Collegeville Hymnal, The Liturgical Press
CHB = The Catholic Hymn Book [London Oratory], Gracewing Publishers
EH = The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal), used by many Anglican Use Roman Catholic parishes
HH = Hymnal of the Hours, GIA Publications, Inc.
HPSC = Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Canticles, out of print but excellent
ICEL = ICEL Resource Collection, GIA Publications, Inc.
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Bless the Lord, All Nations (Caldara / Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Cantate Domino (Giovanni Croce)
  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (arr. Alan Smith)
  • Christ Is Our Cornerstone (Noel Rawsthorne) [Kevin Mayhew Ltd]
  • Come Ye Now, Make a Joyful Noise (Heinrich Schütz)
  • Concentus gaudii: Cantate Domino (J. William Greene)
  • Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether (Harold Friedell) [H.W. Gray]
  • God Reigns (Josquin des Pres) [Flammer]
  • God Was in Jesus (Johannes Herbst) [Boosey & Hawkes]
  • Justus es Domine (Cipriano de Rore)
  • O Come and Sing unto the Lord (Eugene Englert) [GIA Publications]
  • O Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord (Orlando Gibbons) [Concordia]
  • O Come, Let Us Worship (G.P. da Palestrina) [E.C. Schirmer]
  • O Grant Me Wisdom (Gary Penkala)
  • O Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me (Carrie Nixon)
  • Prayer of Saint Francis (Gary Penkala)
  • Psalm 42: As Pants the Deer (Alfred Fedak) [Selah Publishing Co]
  • Sicut cervus (G.P. da Palestrina/Angelini)
  • The Lord Is a Mighty God (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Ubi caritas (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 3
  • Venite exultemus Domino (J.P. Sweelinck)
  • You Shall Love the Lord Your God (Eugene Englert) [World Library Publications]

Organ Music

  • Alleluya (William Faulkes) [A Victorian Organ Album - Oxford]
  • Andantino (César Franck)
  • Bell Symphony (Henry Purcell)
  • Cantabile from Symphony VI (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • Cantilena (Josef Rheinberger)
  • Capriccio (Tarquino Merula)
  • Chorale Fantasia on Lasst uns erfreuen (Flor Peeters)
  • Chorale Prelude on Lobe den Herren (John Hebden Schaffner) [Organist's Companion, May 1999]
  • Chorale Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen (R. Evan Copley) [H.W. Gray]
  • Christ Is Our Cornerstone (George T. Miles) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (George Lachnauer) [Organist's Companion, September 1997]
  • God of Our Fathers (Carlos Staszeski) [Organist's Companion, September 1997 - McAfee Music Corp]
  • Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Lasst uns erfreuen (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, May 2001]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Paul Manz, J.S. Bach, Johann Walther)
  • Llangloffan (George Lachenauer) [Organist's Companion, September 2001]
  • Lobe den Herren (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Lobe den Herren (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Lobe den Herren (J.G. Walther) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co] [Anthologia pro organo IV - Schott Frères]
  • Meditation on Kyrie de Angelis (Glenn Caluda)
  • O Love How Deep (Paul Manz) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Partita on Lobe den Herren (Don Freudenberg) [Organist's Companion, June 1986]
  • Postlude on Lasst uns erfreuen (Gordon Young) [Collage for Organ - Flammer HF-5011]
  • Praise to the Lord (Calvin Hampton) [Organist's Companion, October 1986]
  • Praise to the Lord (Paul Manz) [Five Improvisations for Wedding and General Use - Morning Star Music Publ 10-850]
  • Praise to the Lord (Friederich Zipp) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Prelude, Fugue and Variation (César Franck)
  • Prelude in B-flat Major (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Healey Willan, Paul Manz, Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Prelude on Lasst uns erfreuen (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, June 1980]
  • Prelude on National Hymn (Edward Mead) [Three Preludes]
  • Prelude on Wondrous Love (Rev. Brian K. Muzas) from Three Hymn Tune Preludes
  • Procession (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, August 1980 - McAfee Music Corp]
  • Processional (Martin Shaw)
  • Rendez à Dieu (Robert J. Powell) [Eleven Chorale Preludes on Hymn Tunes - Flammer]
  • Toccata on Darwall (Dennis R. Johnson) [Organist's Companion, July 1999]
  • Toccata on God of Our Fathers (Craig Penfield) [Organist's Companion, September 1994]
  • Toccata on Lobe den Herren (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Variations on Lasst uns erfreuen; (Thomas Bohlert) [Organist's Companion, June 1988]
  • Variations on Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (David Johnson)
  • Wondrous Love (Robin Dinda) [Organist's Companion, May 1990]
  • Wondrous Love (Don Freudenburg) [Organist's Companion, July 1996]
  • Wondrous Love (David N. Johnson) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • Wondrous Love (Craig Penfield) [Organist's Companion, May 1995]
  • Wondrous Love (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, February 1982]
  • Wondrous Love (Dorothy Howell Sheets) [Organist's Companion, September 1991]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Catholic church music programs in the United States have strayed far from the ideal that is outlined for the Entrance Song in the rubrics of the Sacramentary (Roman Missal). Paragraph 48 of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal reads: "The singing at this time is done either alternately by the choir and the people or in a similar way by the cantor and the people, or entirely by the people, or by the choir alone. [The antiphon and psalm of the Roman Gradual or the Simple Gradual be used...]." While most parishes opt for a standard hymn at the entrance, the rubrical preference for a psalm with antiphon may still be accommodated today. Ideally, we should be singing chant Propers from the official books. If this is not possible, however, there are many published responsorial psalm settings and it should be easy to find a version that matches the entrance psalm specified for each Sunday.

Here is today's specific entrance psalm, and some information about it:

Psalm 119

The regular structure of this psalm is apparent in its twenty-two stanzas of eight verses each. The psalm is an acrostic, with each stanza headed by a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each verse in the stanza beginning with that letter. It might be titled, "The Word of God," as every one of the psalm's 176 verses mentions the Word of God, using terms like way, law, decrees, precepts, statutes, commands, ordinances, words. As this psalm is used for three entrance songs during Fall Ordinary Time, here we will examine the first group of seven stanzas only.

  • Stanza 1: Those who walk in the law of the Lord shall be happy.
  • Stanza 2: Inexperienced youth learns to delight in God's statutes.
  • Stanza 3: The pilgrim on earth gains counsel from the decrees of the Lord.
  • Stanza 4: Through pain comes understanding.
  • Stanza 5: The Lord teaches his commands.
  • Stanza 6: The Lord is proclaimed by those seek his precepts.
  • Stanza 7: God remembers the outcast who keeps the law.
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