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The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Laetetur cor quaerentium [Graduale Romanum, p.357]
    2. Laetetur cor quaerentium [Gregorian Missal, p.575]
    3. Laetetur cor quaerentium (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. Let the hearts of those who seek [Simple English Propers, p.326 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Let hearts rejoice who search [Simple Choral Gradual, p.245 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Sing unto Him with Psalms (Hans Leo Hassler)
    8. Seek Ye His Countenance in All Places (Johannes Herbst) [Carl Fischer]
    9. Let the hearts that seek the Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.944 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. Let Every Heart Who Seeks the Lord Rejoice [tune: Toulon] from Introit Hymns #68 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. (A/B) Unam petii a Domino [Graduale Romanum, p.358]
    2. (A/B) Unam petii a Domino [Gregorian Missal, p.576]
    3. Unam petii a Domino (Giovanni Francesco Anerio, William Byrd)
    4. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. One Thing Have I Desired (Herbert Howells) [Novello]
    6. One Thing Have I Desired (Heinrich Schütz) [Concordia]
    7. One Thing Have I Desired of the Lord (George Alexander Macfarren)
    8. Chabanel Psalmody
    9. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Lauda, Ierusalem [Graduale Romanum, p.358]
    2. Lauda, Ierusalem [Gregorian Missal, p.578]
    3. Lauda, Jerusalem (Nicola Porpora) [Marks]
    4. Lauda, Jerusalem (Natale Monferrato, Claudio Monteverdi)
    5. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. Praise Ye the Lord (Johann Geisler) [Boosey & Hawkes]
  • Offertory:
    1. Domine, vivifica me [Graduale Romanum, p.359]
    2. Domine, vivifica me [Gregorian Missal, p.579]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. O Lord, grant me life [Simple English Propers, p.327 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. Then I shall know [Simple Choral Gradual, p.246 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Thy Word Is a Lantern unto My Feet (Leo Sowerby) [H.W. Gray]
    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. Lætabimur in salutari tuo [Graduale Romanum, p.359]
    2. Lætabimur in salutari tuo [Gregorian Missal, p.580]
    3. 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.328 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. We shall rejoice in your salvation [Choral Communio, p.178 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. We will rejoice at the victory [Simple Choral Gradual, p.247 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Christ loved us and gave himself up [Simple Choral Gradual, p.248 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. We Will Rejoice (William Croft) [Broude]
    10. Choose one Communion Antiphon from any of those suggested in #158-186 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.949-956 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. 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


  • Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast (ICEL #177, CH #631)
  • Beloved, Let Us Love (WIII #601)
  • Christ Is the World's Light (CBW #543, HPSC #130, WIII #543, CD #897, EH #258)
  • Christ's Church Shall Glory in His Power (WIII #616, CH #487)
  • For the Fruits of This Creation (HPSC #159, CD #876, CBW #678, PMB #155, WIII #562, SMH #299)
  • God Is Love (CD #917, CBW #573, SMH #308)
  • How Good A Thing It Is (HPSC #186)
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (CH #581, HPSC #203, WIII #525, SMH #386, EH #281, VII #224)
  • Let Every Heart Who Seeks the Lord Rejoice [tune: Toulon] from Introit Hymns #68 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace (WIII #602, CH #612)
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (CH #258, HH #90, WIII #439, CHB #65, SMH #421)
  • Not for Tongues of Heaven's Angels (WIII #589, SMH #427)
  • O Day of Peace (WIII #654)
  • O God, Our Father, Throned on High (ICEL #192)
  • 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 Worship the King (AH #483, CH #571, HH #201, HPSC #268, PMB #138, CHB #255, SMH #472, EH #288)
  • Our God Is Love (ICEL #200)
  • The Perfect Law of God (HPSC #327)
  • Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided (CD #924, CHB #188, VII #213)
  • To God Our Father, Builder and Creator (CD #910)
  • We Find Thee, Lord, in Others' Need (HPSC #343)
  • Word of God, Come Down on Earth (CBW #559, WIII #513, HPSC #355, PMB #105, CH #654)
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

  • A New Commandment (Malcolm Archer) [Kevin Mayhew Ltd]
  • A Rose Touched by the Sun's Warm Rays; (Jean Berger)
  • Corinthians' Prayer (Stephen McManus)
  • Dominus illuminatio mea (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
  • Eins bitt ich vom Herren (Heinrich Hartmann)
  • Exaudiat te Dominus (Robert White)
  • Exsultate justi in Domino (Ludovico da Viadana)
  • Fac cum servo tuo (William Byrd)
  • Give Judgment for Me, O Lord (Colin Brumby)
  • How Long, O Lord (Evil Hogland) [Walton]
  • I Give You A New Commandment (Harold Owen)
  • I Will Love Thee, O Lord (Leo Sowerby) [H.W. Gray]
  • Jesus, Sun of Life, My Splendor (G.F. Handel)
  • Judge Eternal (Malcolm Archer) [Kevin Mayhew Ltd]
  • O Render Thanks and Bless the Lord (Thomas Clark)
  • Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts (Carrie Nixon)
  • Prayer of Saint Francis (Gary Penkala)
  • Si consistant (Josef von Eybler)
  • Thy Word Is a Lantern (Henry Purcell)
  • Ubi caritas (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 3

Organ Music

  • A Mighty Fortress (Paul Manz, Wilbur Held, David Schack, Murray Bradshaw)
  • Ar Hyd Y Nos (Jean Drahmann) [Organist's Companion, June 1984]
  • Butresses from Gothic Suite (Gordon Young)
  • Cantilene from Symphony III (Louis Vierne)
  • Chorale from Music for A Festive Occasion (Tim Knight)
  • Chorale Prelude on Christe sanctorum (Bill Cain) [Organist's Companion, March 2000]
  • Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht (J.S. Bach) [Neumeister Collection - Yale University Press]
  • Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht (Georg Böhm) [Old Masters of the Organ - Kalmus] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Echo Fantasia (J.P. Sweelinck)
  • Fantasia on Saint Anne (Alfred Fedak) [Selah Publ Co]
  • Festival Voluntary (Flor Peeters)
  • Hymn to Joy (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Introduction and Processional for the Wedding Day (Gilbert Martin) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Liebster Jesu (George Lachenauer) [Organist's Companion, May 1996]
  • Liebster Jesu (David Polley) [Organist's Companion, June 1985]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Carl Kuntze) [Organist's Companion, January 1998]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (J.C.H. Rinck) [Organist's Companion, October 1984]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Randall Thompson) [24 Chorale Preludes, 4 Inventions & a Fugue - E.C. Schirmer]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (J.G. Walther) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, May 1990]
  • O dass ich tausend Zungen hatte (Max Reger)
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Heinrich Fleischer) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • O Worship the King (Willem Mudde) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • O Worship the King (Robert Powell) [Organist's Companion, June 1984]
  • Our God, Our Help in Ages Past(George T. Miles) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Partita on Hymn to Joy (Charles Callahan) [Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Partita on Liebster Jesu (J.C.H. Rinck)
  • Partita on O Worship the King (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, September 1996]
  • Partita on Saint Anne (Paul Manz) [Concordia 97-5307]
  • Prelude and Fugue in D Major (Dieterich Buxtehude)
  • Prelude on Ein feste Burg (J.S Bach, Marpurg, Pachelbel, Walther, Praetorius, Buxtehude, Reger, Hanff, Kittel)
  • Prelude on Hanover(Gordon Young) [Seven Chorale Preludes]
  • Prelude on Hymn to Joy (Gordon Young) [Seven Chorale Preludes]
  • Prelude on Hymn to Joy (Michael Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Prelude on Liebster Jesu (Bach, Walther, Reger, Manz, Thompson, Ore, Rinck)
  • Prelude on Saint Anne (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • Prelude on Samanthra from Three Hymn Tune Preludes (Rev. Brian Muzas)
  • Processional on Hymn to Joy (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, August 1986]
  • Toccata on Saint Anne (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Toccata-Prelude on Saint Anne (Garth Edmundson) [J. Fischer & Bros]
  • Variations on a Theme by Beethoven (Joseph Lowe) [Organist's Companion, June 1985]
  • Variations on Liebster Jesu (J.C.H. Rinck)
  • Variations on Saint Anne (James Konkel) [Organist's Companion, January 2001]

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 105

In Psalm 105 God delivers Isreal. The psalm speaks of a time of thanksgiving for God's goodness; the first fifteen verses were possibly sung when the Ark of the Covenant was transfered to Jerusalem. Verse 12-45 contain a short, pertinent history (ancestors in Canaan, Joseph in Egypt, Israel in Egypt, and Israel's journey throught the desert to Canaan). Yahweh is seen as faithful to his promise to deliver Israel to Canaan. The psalm invites praise of the Lord who acts to bring his people home.

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