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The Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. In voluntate tua [Graduale Romanum, p.346]
    2. In voluntate tua [Gregorian Missal, p.561]
    3. In voluntate tua (Chris Mueller)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. All things are submitted to your will [Simple English Propers, p.314 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. O Lord, you have given everything [Simple Choral Gradual, p.233 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Within your will, O Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.943 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Lord, All Things Are Guided Still [tune: Salzburg] from Introit Hymns #65 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Domine refugium [Graduale Romanum, p.347]
    2. Domine refugium [Gregorian Missal, p.562]
    3. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [G. Schirmer]
    5. Psalm 90 (Jan Pieterson Sweelinck)
    6. Thou Lord Our Refuge (Felix Mendelssohn) [Oxford]
    7. Chabanel Psalmody
    8. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. In exitu Israel [Graduale Romanum, p.348]
    2. In exitu Israel [Gregorian Missal, p.563]
    3. In exitu Israel (Samuel Wesley) [Novello]
    4. In exitu Israel (Vincenzo Galilei)
    5. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. When Israel Came Out of Egypt (William Byrd) [Stainer & Bell]
    7. When Israel Went Out of Egypt (Hans Leo Hassler) [Lawson Gould]
  • Offertory:
    1. Vir erat in terra [Graduale Romanum, p.349]
    2. Vir erat in terra [Gregorian Missal, p.564]
    3. Vir erat in terra (G.P. da Palestrina)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. There was a man in the land of Hus [Simple English Propers, p.315 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Satan asked that he might tempt him [Simple Choral Gradual, p.234 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Choose one Offertory Antiphon from any of those suggested in #144-157 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.945-949 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. In salutari tuo [Graduale Romanum, p.350]
    2. In salutari tuo [Gregorian Missal, p.565]
    3. In salutari tuo [Communio, p.114 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. My soul aspires after your salvation [Simple English Propers, p.317 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. My soul aspires after your salvation [Choral Communio, p.171 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. The Lord is good to those [Simple Choral Gradual, p.235 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Because there is one bread [Simple Choral Gradual, p.236 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. Choose one Communion Antiphon from any of those suggested in #158-186 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.949-956 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. My soul aspires after your salvation [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
  • 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


  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (HPSC #112, ICEL #130, WIII #737, CBW #536, AH #601, PMB #663, CH #504, CHB #112, SMH #213, EH #347, VII #277)
  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (WIII #617, HPSC #128, ICEL #183, CBW #542, CH #485, AH #561, CHB #209, SMH #255, EH #384, VII #306)
  • City of God, Jerusalem (WIII #362)
  • Come, Christians, Join to Sing (SMH #265)
  • God Is My Great Desire (WIII #581, SMH #312)
  • God Is Our Fortress (WIII #575)
  • How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds (ICEL #156, WIII #610, CHB #223, EH #455)
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God (WIII #502, ICEL #228, HPSC #197, AH #616, CH #565, SMH #359, VII #218)
  • In Heavenly Love Abiding (ICEL #210, EH #431, VII #315)
  • Lord, All Things Are Guided Still [tune: Salzburg] from Introit Hymns #65 (Christoph Tietze)
  • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (WIII #606, ICEL #163, CH #458, SMH #420)
  • 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, VII #221)
  • O Christ, the Great Foundation (WIII #618, CH #488)
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past (HPSC #241, WIII #579, ICEL #237, CBW #640, CH #457, PMB #128, HH #169, AH #624, CHB #249, SMH #446, EH #289, VII #203)
  • O Source of Life Divine (CD #888)
  • O World of God (CD #915)
  • Sent Forth By God's Blessing (PMB #148, SMH #519)
  • Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless (CH #390, HPSC #294, ICEL #144, WIII #728, SMH #522, EH #213)
  • Thanks Be to You, O God (PMB #141)
  • The Church's One Foundation (WIII #618, ICEL #202, HPSC #312, CBW #604, HH #282, AH #560, PMB #150, CH #489, CHB #187, SMH #552, EH #396)
  • The Kingdom of God (WIII #615, CH #550)
  • The Living God My Shepherd Is (WIII #612, CBW #690)
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 – 3rd Edition 2003, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Cibavit eos (William Byrd) [Chester]
  • City of God (Paul Langston) [Howard Publications]
  • Exsultate justi in Domino (Adriano Banchieri)
  • God So Loved the World from The Crucifixion (John Stainer)
  • His Compassions Fail Not(Leland Sateren) [Schmitt]
  • I Have Chosen You (Larry Allen) [Broadman]
  • Judica me, Deus (G. Gorczycki) [GIA #G-1973]
  • O sacrum convivium (Michael Lawrence)
  • O Sing Joyfully (Adrian Batten)
  • Prayer of Saint Francis (Gary Penkala)
  • Salve Regina (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 3
  • Think on These Things (Daniel Burton) [Shawnee]

Organ Music

  • A Mighty Fortress (Paul Manz, Wilbur Held, David Schack, Murray Bradshaw)
  • A Piece for Flutes from Village Suite (Tim Knight)
  • Ash Grove (G. Winston Cassler) [Organist's Companion, October 1980]
  • Ash Grove (Paul R. Otte) [Organist's Companion, October 1988]
  • Basse et dessus de trompette (L.N. Clérambault)
  • Butresses from Gothic Suite (Gordon Young)
  • Chorale Prelude on the Tune Saint Peter (T. Tertius Noble) [Arthur P. Schmidt Co]
  • Duet and Trio on Hyfrydol [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Fantasia on Saint Anne (Alfred Fedak) [Selah Publ Co]
  • Fugue on Kyrie eleison (François Couperin)
  • How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds (Paul Bouman) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Hyfrydol (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, November 1999]
  • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, June 1986]
  • 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]
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Heinrich Fleischer) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • O Gott du frommer Gott (J.S. Bach)
  • Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (George T. Miles) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Partita on Saint Anne (Paul Manz)
  • Prelude and Chorale: Now Thank We All Our God (G.F. Kauffmann) [Consoliere IV-4 - World Library Publ]
  • Prelude in the Viennese Classical Style on Mozart (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, September 2000]
  • Prelude on Aurelia (James Pethel) [Consoliere V-2]
  • Prelude on Brother James' Air (Searle Wright) [Oxford 93-P-103]
  • Prelude on Ein feste Burg (J.S Bach, Marpurg, Pachelbel, Walther, Praetorius, Buxtehude, Reger, Hanff, Kittel)
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Iteke Prins) [Organist's Companion, March 2002]
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes - Galaxy Music Corp]
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes, Set I - Peters 6011]
  • Prelude on Leoni (Richard Proulx) [Augsburg]
  • Prelude on Nun danket alle Gott (Bach, Kaufmann, Karg-Elert, Manz, Held, Schack, Buxtehude, Krentz, Oley)
  • Prelude on Saint Agnes (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Meditations on Communion Hymns - Flammer]
  • Prelude on Saint Agnes (Gordon Young) [Collage for Organ - Flammer HF-5011]
  • Prelude on Saint Anne (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • Procession (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, August 1980]
  • Reverie on Saint Peter (Eric Thiman) [Preludes and Voluntaries - G. Schirmer]
  • Sent Forth by God's Blessing (Paul Otte) [Organist's Companion, October 1987]
  • Solemn Prelude on Leoni (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, July 1989]
  • Thanksgiving Prelude on Nun danket alle Gott (Edward G. Mead) [Consoliere VI-4 - World Library Publ]
  • The Church's One Foundation (Paul Bunjes) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • The Church's One Foundation (James Mansfield) [Organist, July 1982]
  • The Church's One Foundation (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 3 - Concordia 97-5702]
  • The Lord's My Shepherd (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 4 - Concordia 97-6013]
  • Toccata and Fugue in F Major (Dieterich Buxtehude)
  • Toccata and Variation on Hyfrydol (Gordon Young) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • Toccata on Saint Anne (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Toccata-Prelude on Saint Anne (Garth Edmundson) [J. Fischer & Bros]
  • Variations on Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (David Johnson)
  • Variations on Saint Anne (James Konkel) [Organist's Companion, January 2001]
  • Variations on the Chorale Nun danket (Stephen McManus)
  • Versets on Aurelia (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, September 1994]

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 Roman Missal. Paragraph 48 of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal reads: "This chant is sung alternately by the choir and the people or similarly by the cantor and the people, or entirely by the people, or by the choir alone. [… the antiphon with its Psalm from the Graduale Romanum … or the Gradual Simplex may 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 last group of eight stanzas only.

  • Stanza 15: Safety is there for those who fear God's ordinances.
  • Stanza 16: God cares for the welfare of his servants.
  • Stanza 17: The wonder of the law of the Lord brings light.
  • Stanza 18: God's commands are just and right.
  • Stanza 19: The Lord hears the cries of affliction.
  • Stanza 20: Redemption comes through the precepts of God.
  • Stanza 21: Rejoicing comes to those who keep the decrees of the Lord.
  • Stanza 22: Those who keep God's precepts live to praise him.
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