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The Second Sunday of Lent (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Tibi dixit cor meum [Graduale Romanum, p.88]
    2. Tibi dixit cor meum [Gregorian Missal, p.246]
    3. Reminiscere miserationum [Graduale Romanum, p.81]
    4. Reminiscere miserationum [Gregorian Missal, p.247]
    5. Reminiscere miserationum (Carlo Gesualdo)
    6. Assumpsit Iesus [Graduale simplex, p.288]
    7. My heart declared to you [Simple English Propers, p.63 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    8. My heart has prompted me [Simple Choral Gradual, p.51 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. Remember your mercies, Lord [Simple English Propers, p.64 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    10. Remember your mercies, Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.50 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    11. Of you may heart has spoken [Lumen Christi Missal, p.918 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    12. Remember you rcompasiion, O Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.918 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    13. My Heart Declared to You, O Lord [tune: Breslau] from Introit Hymns #16 (Christoph Tietze)
    14. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
    15. Call to Remembrance, O Lord (Richard Farrant, John Wall Callcott))
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Sciant gentes [Graduale Romanum, p.88]
    2. Sciant gentes [Gregorian Missal, p.248]
    3. Miserere nostri Domine [Graduale simplex, p.98]
    4. Miserere nostri Domine (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Ascanio Trombetti)
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    7. Common Psalms for Schools & Parishes (Thomas Cosley)
  • Tract (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Commovisti Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.89]
    2. Commovisti Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.249]
    3. Non in solo pane [Graduale simplex, p.99]
    4. Qui confidunt [Graduale simplex, p.99]
    5. Variety, without Method (William Billings)
  • Offertory:
    1. Meditabor in mandatis tuis [Graduale Romanum, p.356]
    2. Meditabor in mandatis tuis [Gregorian Missal, p.250]
    3. Meditabor in mandatis tuis (Johann Kaspar Aiblinger, Franz Xaver Witt)
    4. Faciamus hic [Graduale simplex, p.291]
    5. I shall meditate upon your commandments [Simple English Propers, p.65 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. I will worship your commands [Simple Choral Gradual, p.52 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. I will ponder your statutes [Lumen Christi Missal, p.918 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Communion:
    1. Visionem quam vidistis [Graduale Romanum, p.59]
    2. Visionem quam vidistis [Gregorian Missal, p.252]
    3. Visionem quam vidistis [Graduale simplex, p.292]
    4. Visionem quam vidistis [Communio, p.296 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. Tell no one about the vision you have seen [Simple English Propers, p.66 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Tell no one about the vision you have seen [Choral Communio, p.30 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. This is my Son, my beloved [Simple Choral Gradual, p.53 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Tell no one the vision you have seen [Lumen Christi Missal, p.918 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. This is my beloved Son [Lumen Christi Missal, p.919 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
    11. Tell no one what you have seen [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Mass XVII (Adventus et Quadragesimæ)
    2. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    3. Missa Deus Genitor alme (Harry McMurray)
    4. Wondrous Love: A Mass for Lent (J. William Greene)

Other liturgical music


  • Christ upon the Mountain Peak (WIII #701, CD #820)
  • Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies (HPSC #132, CH #424, EH #153)
  • God, You Are Clothed with Light (HH #81)
  • How Good, Lord, to Be Here (HH #74, WIII #700)
  • More Ancient Than the Primal World (HH #75)
  • My God, How Wonderful You Are (HPSC #224, EH #284)
  • O Lord of Light (CD #819, PMB #3)
  • O Raise Your Eyes on High and See (HH #76)
  • O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair! (HH #77, HPSC #267, CH #512, EH #119)
  • The Glory of These Forty Days (AH #363, CBW #581, HH #72, HPSC #319, WIII #422, SMH #559, VII #243)
  • Tis Good, Lord, to Be Here (WIII #700, HH #74, CH #518, CHB #100, SMH #578)
  • What Wondrous Love Is This? (CD #822, WIII #600, HH #95, PMB #157, ICEL #164, CH #530, HH #95, SMH #607)
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

  • Adoramus te Christe (Antonio Lotti)
  • Anima Christi (Calvert Shenk)
  • Ave verum corpus (W.A. Mozart)
  • Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Fauré)
  • Cast Thy Burden from Elijah (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Father, Lead Me Day by Day (Hal Hopson)
  • Kyrie from Missa cum jubilo (Maurice Duruflé)
  • Miserere mei Domine (Calvert Shenk)
  • Psalm 130 (Paul Manz)
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O God (Eugene Englert)
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs (R. Evan Copley)
  • The Sorrows of My Heart (William Boyce)
  • Tristis est anima mea (G.B.Martini / ed. Andrea Angelini)
  • Wondrous Love (arr. Douglas Wagner)

Organ Music

Rubrics indicate that the organ remain silent during Lent, except on Lætare Sunday or on other solemnities or festive days or at any time to accompany singing. Hence organ preludes and postludes should not be played (except on Lætare Sunday). Music for non-liturgical services might be chosen from the following:

  • Ah, Dearest Jesus (Wilbur Held) from A Suite of Passion Hymn Settings [Concordia 97-4843]
  • Prelude on Rathbun (Seth Bingham)
  • Versets for the Kyrie from Messa della domenica (Girolamo Frescobaldi)
  • Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Wondrous Love (David N. Johnson) [Augsburg]
  • Wondrous Love from Three Hymn Tune Preludes (Rev. Brian Muzas)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Transfiguration event dominates today's liturgy. After last week's warning of the inevitable struggle with evil (the Temptation of Christ), the Church today asks us to meditate on the glories which are ours if we but persevere and remain faithful to God and his Christ. A touch of "glory" should invade our music today.

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