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The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Omnis terra adoret [Graduale Romanum, p.260]
    2. Omnis terra adoret [Gregorian Missal, p.431]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. Let all the earth worship you [Simple English Propers, p.178 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. May all the earth give you worship [Simple Choral Gradual, p.133 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. All the earth shall bow [Lumen Christi Missal, p.936 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. Let All the Earth Praise You, O Lord [tune: Duke Street] from Introit Hymns #36 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Misit Dominus [Graduale Romanum, p.261]
    2. Misit Dominus [Gregorian Missal, p.432]
    3. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. Chabanel Psalmody
    5. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Laudate Deum [Graduale Romanum, p.262]
    2. Laudate Deum [Gregorian Missal, p.433]
    3. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Iubilate Deo, universa terra [Graduale Romanum, p.227]
    2. Iubilate Deo, universa terra [Gregorian Missal, p.434]
    3. Iubilate Deo, universa terra (Giovanni Pierluigi 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. Shout joyfully to God [Simple English Propers, p.179 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Come and hear, all who fear God [Simple Choral Gradual, p.134 (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. (A) Lætabimur in salutari tuo [Graduale Romanum, p.359]
    2. (A) Lætabimur in salutari tuo [Gregorian Missal, p.580]
    3. (A) Lætabimur in salutari tuo [Communio, p.133 (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. We shall rejoice in your salvation [Simple English Propers, p.180 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. We shall rejoice in your salvation [Choral Communio, p.178 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. The Lord has prepared a feast [Simple Choral Gradual, p.135 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. We know and believe [Simple Choral Gradual, p.136 (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. We shall rejoice in 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

Hymns

  • A Hymn of Praise (PMB #228)
  • All Glory Be to God on High (CD #909, HPSC #104, WIII #527, SMH #199)
  • At the Name of Jesus (WIII #499, ICEL #104, HPSC #116, CBW #538, HH #137, AH #602, CH #538, CHB #207, SMH #225, EH #356, VII #310)
  • Christ Be My Leader (HPSC #127)
  • Come, Follow Me (HPSC #134)
  • Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs (CHB #210, ICEL #222, CH #560, HH #288, CD #851, SMH #268)
  • Father, Lord of Earth and Heaven (HPSC #154, CBW #534)
  • Glory to God in the Highest (WIII #542)
  • Hail to the Lord's Anointed (AH #354, CH #175, HH #54, HPSC #181, ICEL #229, CHB #3, SMH #328, EH #545)
  • Hark! A Herald Voice Is Calling (ICEL #4, HPSC #183, CBW #453, CH #176, CHB #4, SMH #336, VII #227)
  • Heavenly Hosts in Ceaseless Worship (WIII #522)
  • Jesus, Lead the Way (WIII #611, EH #425)
  • O Christ, the Great Foundation (WIII #618, CH #488)
  • O Holy City Seen of John (CD #920, CH #620, WIII #685, EH #494)
  • 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 Lamb's High Banquet (ICEL #147, CBW #564)
  • The Lord Is King! Lift up Your Voice (CH #517, HPSC #326, CBW #422)
  • The Only Son from Heaven (HH #51, CD #817)
  • Those Who Love and Those Who Labor (WIII #632, CH #481)
  • To the Name That Brings Salvation (CHB #270, HPSC #333, EH #326)
  • When Christ's Appearing Was Made Known (CD #816)
  • When Jesus Came to Jordan (WIII #697, HH #265)
  • Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim (CD #911, CH #519, HPSC #357)
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

  • Agnus Dei (various Renaissance composers)
  • Agnus Dei from Coronation Mass (W.A. Mozart)
  • Behold the Lamb of God from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Blessed Be the Lord (Eugene Englert)
  • Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Fauré)
  • Concentus gaudii: Cantate Domino (J. William Greene)
  • Herald of Good Tidings (Everett Titcomb) [Peters]
  • I Waited for the Lord (Felix Mendelssohn) [Carl Fischer]
  • O Splendor of God's Glory Bright (John Reese)
  • O Zion That Bringest Good Tiding (John Stainer) [Novello]
  • Omnis terra adoret (Gregorian chant) proper Introit [Liber usualis p.484; Graduale simplex p.214]

Organ Music

  • All Glory Be to God on High (J.S. Bach) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • All Glory Be to God on High (J.S. Bach) [Parish Organist, Book 8 - Concordia 97-1404]
  • All Glory Be to God on High (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for Pentecost & Trinity Sunday - Morning Star Music Publ 10-500]
  • All Glory Be to God on High (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 1 - Concordia 97-5019]
  • All Glory Be to God on High; (Johann Pachelbel) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (Andreas Armsdorf) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.C. Bach) [Organist's Companion, June 1980]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VI - Peters 245] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (Georg Böhm) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.P. Kirnberger) [Organist's Companion, October 1982 - McAfee Music Corp]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (F.W. Marpurg) [Twenty-one Chorale Preludes - Augsburg] [Organist's Companion, July 1998]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (Johann Pachelbel) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (David Polley) [Organist's Companion, May 1989]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.C.H. Rinck) [Organist's Companion, July 1992]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (G.P. Telemann) [Organist's Companion, July 1995]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (A.N. Vetter) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.G. Walther) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, October 1984]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (F.W. Zachau) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Organist's Companion, June 1984]
  • Asperges me from Suite medievale (Jean Langlais)
  • Bicinium on All Glory Be to God on High (J.P. Sweelinck) [Consoliere VII-2 - World Library Publ]
  • Campanile from Esquisses byzantines (Henri Mulet)
  • Christ der du bist der helle Tag (J.S. Bach)
  • Deuxième Suite (Balbastre)
  • Fugue V (Robert Schumann)
  • Gott des Himmels und der Erden (Max Reger)
  • Hambleton Suite (Tim Knight)
  • Jesu, meine Freude (Johann Gottfried Walther)
  • Jesus, Lead Thou On (J.S. Bach) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Jesus, Lead Thou On (Paul Manz) [Parish Organist, Part 9: Wedding Music - Concordia]
  • Jesus, Lead Thou On (Max Reger) [Chorale Preludes for the Church Year - Carl Fischer]
  • Mit Fried' und Freud' ich far dahin (J.S. Bach)
  • O Lamm Gottes from Orgelbüchlein (J.S. Bach)
  • Postlude in D (Healey Willan)
  • Prelude and Fugue in G (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Prelude on Allein Gott in der Höh (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, August 1985]
  • Prelude on Aurelia (James Pethel) [Consoliere V-2]
  • Psalm XIX (Benedetto Marcello)
  • 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]
  • Trio in G Major (J.S. Bach)
  • Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin (Jehan Alain)
  • Versets on Aurelia (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, September 1994]
  • Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Armsdorff, Buxtehude)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Ordinary Time begins on the Monday following the Baptism of the Lord (which takes the place of the First Sunday in Ordinary Time). The greeting-proclamation of John the Baptist in today's Gospel, "Behold the Lamb of God," is a perfect invitation to explore the vast treasury of Agnus Dei settings (chant to modern). Use these as anthems/motets or (if the timing is appropriate) as the "Lamb of God" itself — remember, the "Lamb of God" can be legitimately sung by the choir alone! In any case, it has been clearly defined by Rome that tropes, i.e. additional texts other than "Lamb of God," may not be inserted in the "Lamb of God" litany, even if it is extended beyond the typical three-invocation format to cover the time at the Breaking of the Bread — and even if some prominent publishers erroneously print music with such tropes.

Options to extend the litany:

  1. Try brief organ interludes between the traditional triple invocations.
  2. Use a choral Agnus Dei written by one of the "Masters."
  3. Have the choir extend the Lamb of God with a brief Dona nobis pacem from the end of a classic Agnus Dei movement. This works best with a simple Latin chant setting sung by the congregation.
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