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The Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Da pacem, Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.336]
    2. Da pacem, Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.547]
    3. Da pacem, Domine [Graduale simplex, p.242]
    4. Da pacem, Domine (Chris Mueller)
    5. Grant peace to those [Simple English Propers, p.296 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Give peace, Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.221 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Grant Peace to Those Who Wait for You [tune: Breslau] from Introit Hymns #61 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Laetatus sum [Graduale Romanum, p.336]
    2. Laetatus sum [Gregorian Missal, p.548]
    3. Laetatus sum (Adam Gumpelzhaimer, Grzegorz Gorczycki, Claudio Monteverdi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
    4. I Did in Heart Rejoice (Giles Farnaby)
    5. I Was Glad When They Said unto Me (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Henry Purcell)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Timebunt gentes [Graduale Romanum, p.337]
    2. Timebunt gentes [Gregorian Missal, p.549]
    3. Timebunt gentes (Josef von Eybler)
  • Offertory:
    1. Sanctificavit Moyses [Graduale Romanum, p.338]
    2. Sanctificavit Moyses [Gregorian Missal, p.549]
    3. Sanctificavit Moyses (Giovanni Pierlugi da Palestrina)
    4. Moses consecrated an altar to the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.297 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. He offered an evening sacrifice [Simple Choral Gradual, p.222 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Communion:
    1. (A) Tollite hostias [Graduale Romanum, p.338]
    2. (A) Tollite hostias [Gregorian Missal, p.551]
    3. Bring up your sacrifices [Simple English Propers, p.299 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    4. O God, how much we value [Simple Choral Gradual, p.223 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. The cup that we bless [Simple Choral Gradual, p.224 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. How Precious Is Thy Loving-kindness (Daniel Pinkham, Samuel Adler, Raymond Haan)
    7. Tollite hostias from Christmas Oratorio (Camille Saint-Saens)
  • 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

Hymns

  • Draw Near, O Lord, Our God (PMB #48)
  • Father of Heaven, Whose Love Profound (ICEL #41, HH #80, CHB #215, CH #483)
  • Forgive Our Sins (WIII #754, CBW #684)
  • God's Blessing Sends Us Forth (PMB #153, CH #605, SMH #319)
  • Have Mercy, Lord, on Us (ICEL #44, WIII #753, PMB #196, HH #82, CH #250, SMH #339)
  • Hear Our Entreaties, Lord (AH #366, CH #238, ICEL #254, PMB #48, WIII #414, CHB #293)
  • Help Us Accept Each Other (WIII #656)
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (CH #581, HPSC #203, WIII #525, SMH #386, EH #281)
  • Lord, You Gave the Great Commission (WIII #470, HPSC #597, CH #639)
  • Now Thank We All Our God (CBW #674, PMB #30, WIII #560, ICEL #235, HPSC #231, CBW #674, PMB #130, AH #607, CH #570, CHB #246, SMH #428, EH #276)
  • O Bless the Lord, My Soul (CBW #627, ICEL #230, SMH #433, EH #293)
  • O King of Might and Splendor (PMB #586, CHB #109, CH #383)
  • O My Soul, Bless God the Father (HPSC #255, CH #459)
  • Our Father, We Have Wandered (WIII #755, HPSC #274, ICEL #255, CH #401)
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (WIII #530, HPSC #279, ICEL #242, CBW #650, PMB #123, AH #611, CHB #258, CH #513, SMH #495, EH #282)
  • 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, My Soul, and Bless the Lord (HPSC #286)
  • There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (WIII #595, ICEL #52, PMB #54, AH #613, CH #535, CHB #268, SMH #575, EH #304)
  • We Find Thee, Lord, in Others' Need (HPSC #343)
  • We Gather Together (PMB #234, WIII #760, HPSC #344, CH #558, SMH #596, EH #315)
  • When in Our Music God Is Glorified (WIII #549, PMB #154, CH #583)
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

  • Asperges me (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 3
  • Bless the Lord, My Soul (J.S. Bach / Hopson) [Flammer]
  • Bless the Lord, My Soul (Mikail Ippolitov-Ivanov)
  • Canticle of Praise (John Ness Beck) [Presser]
  • Da pacem, Domine (Juan de Arratia, Ivo de Vento, Melchior Franck, Robert Führer, Charles Gounod, Sebastián Raval, Ascanio Trombetti)
  • Eternal Light, Shine in Our Hearts (Tim Knight)
  • Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive (Eugene Englert) [GIA #G-2277]
  • In Perfect Charity (Randall DeBruyn) [Oregon Catholic Press]
  • In Thee Is Gladness (Giovanni Gastoldi)
  • Laudate Dominum from Solemn Vespers (W.A. Mozart)
  • Miserere mei Domine (Calvert Shenk)
  • No Man Liveth to Himself (Heinrich Schütz) [Summy]
  • O God, Be Merciful (Christopher Tye)
  • O Praise the Lord (Maurice Greene) [RSCM]
  • Parce Domine (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 2
  • Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Jeremiah Clarke) [Concordia]
  • Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Thomas Tomkins) [Novello]
  • Praise Ye the Lord, O My Soul (Christian Gregor) [Carl Fischer]
  • Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts from Christmas Oratorio (Camille Saint-Saens)
  • Prayer of Saint Francis (Gary Penkala)
  • Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Tollite hostias from Christmas Oratorio (Camille Saint-Saens)
  • We Gather Together (J. William Greene)

Organ Music

  • Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehre (Georg Böhm)
  • Andante from Pastoral Symphony (Josef Rheinberger)
  • Canzona in d minor(J.S. Bach)
  • Chorale Prelude on Lobe den Herren (John Hebden Schaffner) [Organist's Companion, May 1999]
  • Detroit (G. Winston Cassler) [Organist's Companion, June 1980]
  • Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott (J.S. Bach)
  • Fanfare on Lauda anima (Robert Hughes) [Organist, January 1982]
  • Fugue in g minor (J.S. Bach)
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • Hymn to Joy (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, August 1982 - McAfee Music Corp]
  • In Thee Is Gladness (Paul Manz) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Introduction and Processional for the Wedding Day (Gilbert Martin) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • 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 religieuse (Henri Mulet)
  • Musique royale (Michel-Richard Delalande)
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Jan Bender) [Parish Organist, Part 9: Wedding Music - Concordia]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Autumn Festivals - Concordia 97-5360]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Paul Manz) [Five Hymn Improvisations for Wedding or General Use - Morning Star Music Publ 10-850]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Hymns of Praise - Morning Star Music Publ 10-750]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Piet Post) [Triptych for Organ - Augsburg]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (David Schack) [Nine Chorale Preludes - Concordia 97-5045]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.S. Bach) from Cantate No.79 [Mercury Music W-142; H.W. Gray Publ - St.Cec.No.868]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Joyce Jones Christmas Album]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, September 1995]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Sigfrid Karg-Elert) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (G.F. Kaufmann) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.C. Kellner) [Organist's Companion, September 1994]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (M.F.A. Koehler) [Organist's Companion, October 1986]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Michael Krentz) [Organist's Companion, September 1991]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Selmar Müller) [Organist's Companion, October 1983]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.C. Oley) [Seasonal Chorale Preludes for Manuals, Bk 2 - Oxford]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Max Reger) [Thirty Short Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.E. Rembt) [Organist's Companion, September 1989]
  • Nun lasst uns Gott (Vincent Lubeck)
  • Partita on Hymn to Joy (Charles Callahan) [Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Partita on Lobe den Herren (Don Freudenberg) [Organist's Companion, June 1986]
  • Pastorale (Alexandre Guilmant)
  • Postlude on Hymn to Joy; (Gordon Young) [Seven Chorale Preludes]
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (J.L. Adam) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • 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 and Chorale: Now Thank We All Our God (G.F. Kauffmann) [Consoliere IV-4 - World Library Publ]
  • Prelude for the Fallen from The Solemn Organ (Tim Knight)
  • Prelude on Detroit (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, January 1997]
  • Prelude on Hymn to Joy (Michael Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Prelude on In Babilone (Paul Manz, Wilbur Held, Raymond Haan)
  • Prelude on Kremser (Wilbur Held, Dennis Johnson, Michael Sullivan, Murray Bradshaw)
  • Prelude on Lauda anima (Robert Hughes, J.L. Adam)
  • Prelude on Nun danket alle Gott (Bach, Kaufmann, Karg-Elert, Manz, Held, Schack, Buxtehude, Krentz, Oley)
  • Processional; (Martin Shaw)
  • Processional on Hymn to Joy (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, August 1986]
  • Psalm XIX (Benedetto Marcello)
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele; (Johannes Brahms)
  • Thanksgiving Prelude on Nun danket alle Gott (Edward G. Mead) [Consoliere VI-4 - World Library Publ]
  • Toccata in G Major (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Toccata on Lobe den Herren (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Variations on a Theme by Beethoven (Joseph Lowe) [Organist's Companion, June 1985]
  • Variations on the Chorale Nun danket (Stephen McManus)
  • We Gather Together (J. William Greene)

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 122

This is one of the Psalms of Ascent (Pss. 120-134), so called because they were sung by worshipers climbing Mount Zion to the religious festivals in the Temple. Psalm 122 speaks of the "City of the Pilgrims." Joy is apparent as "we go up to the house of the Lord." The splendor of Jerusalem is not only its buildings, but its stature as a place of encounter: "To it the tribes go up, to give thanks to the name of the Lord."

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