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The Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. (A/B) Ne derelinquas me [Graduale Romanum, p.360]
    2. (A/B) Ne derelinquas me [Gregorian Missal, p.581]
    3. (A/B) Ne derelinquas me [Graduale simplex, p.235]
    4. Ne derelinquas me (Chris Mueller)
    5. Abandon me not, O Lord [Simple English Propers, p.329 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Do not abandon me, Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.249 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. My God, Look upon Me (Maurice Greene)
    8. Forsake Me Not, My Lord and God [tune: McKee] from Introit Hymns #69 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Suscepimus, Deus [Graduale Romanum, p.360]
    2. Suscepimus, Deus [Gregorian Missal, p.582]
    3. Suscepimus, Deus [Graduale simplex, p.231]
    4. Suscepimus, Deus (William Byrd)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. (A/B) Verbo Domini caeli [Graduale Romanum, p.361]
    2. (A/B) Verbo Domini caeli [Gregorian Missal, p.583]
  • Offertory:
    1. Benedic anima mea [Graduale Romanum, p.362]
    2. Benedic anima mea [Gregorian Missal, p.584]
    3. Benedic anima mea (Henri Dumont, Orlando di Lasso, Claudin de Sermisy)
    4. Bless the Lord, O my soul [Simple English Propers, p.331 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. Who renews your life like an eagle's [Simple Choral Gradual, p.250 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Bless the Lord, My Soul (J.S. Bach) [Flammer]
    7. Bless the Lord, O My Soul (M. Ippolitov-Ivanov) [G. Schirmer]
    8. Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Antonio Lotti) [Ludwig]
    9. Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Edward John Hopkins)
    10. Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Jeremiah Clarke) [Concordia]
    11. Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Maurice Greene) [RSCM]
    12. Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Thomas Tompkins) [Novello]
  • Communion:
    1. Notas mihi [Graduale Romanum, p.362]
    2. Notas mihi [Gregorian Missal, p.585]
    3. You have made known unto me [Simple English Propers, p.332 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    4. Lord, you will show me the path of life [Simple Choral Gradual, p.251 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. As the living Father sent me [Simple Choral Gradual, p.252 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Communion Psalms for the Liturgical Seasons (Gary Penkala) CNP Catalog #3020 [see refrain for Lent]
  • 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


  • Come, Thou Almighty King (WIII #487, ICEL #91, CH #307, PMB #114, AH #484, SMH #269, EH #271)
  • Festival Canticle: Worthy Is Christ (CH #265, WIII #458)
  • For the Beauty of the Earth (WIII #557, ICEL #225, HPSC #158, HH #163, CBW #624, PMB #125, CH #562, SMH #298, EH #296)
  • For the Healing of the Nations (WIII #643)
  • Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go (WIII #627, HPSC #160, CBW #550, CH #641, CD #895, CBW #550)
  • Give Thanks to God the Father (ICEL #356)
  • God of Our Fathers (PMB #124, CH #660, WIII #764, ICEL #227, AH #625, HPSC #167, SMH #315, EH #143)
  • God Who Spoke in the Beginning (CD #856)
  • How Shall They Hear the Word of God (WIII #629)
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (AH #605, CBW #571, CH #377, HPSC #209, ICEL #137, PMB #657, WIII #523, CHB #120, SMH #394, EH #197)
  • O for A Heart to Praise My God (WIII #591, EH #414)
  • O God, beyond All Praising (WIII #579, HH #199, SMH #444)
  • O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns Be Rising (WIII #646, CH #611)
  • We Rejoice, God's Holy People (HPSC #347)
  • Word of God, Come Down on Earth (CBW #559, WIII #513, HPSC #355, PMB #105, CH #654)
  • Your Love, O God, Has All the World Created (WIII #638)
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

  • Come with Hearts and Voices Sounding (Bach / Scott) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Deliver Us, O Lord Our God (Adrian Batten)
  • Exsultate iusti in Domino (Juan Gutierrez de Padilla)
  • For Love of Us (McManus/Stafford)
  • Great Is the Lord (Edward Elgar)
  • He That Is Down Needs Fear No Fall (John Dowland)
  • I Have Set God Alway before Me (John Goldwin)
  • In me transierunt irae tuae (Orlando di Lasso)
  • In spiritu humilitatis (Calvert Shenk)
  • Lacrymosa from Requiem (W.A. Mozart)
  • Let All the Just to God with Joy (Hugh Bond)
  • Now, My Tongue, the Mystery Telling (Alan Smith)
  • O Lord, How Manifold Are Thy Works (Joseph Barnby)
  • O Lord, Increase My Faith (Orlando Gibbons)
  • O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem (Thomas Thomkins)
  • Pie Jesu from Requiem Mass (Fauré / Stultz) [Morning Star Music Publishers]

Organ Music

  • Adoration on a Traditional French Melody (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, February 1983]
  • Christus, der ist mein Leben (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Come, Thou Almighty King (Healey Willan) [Parish Organist, Book 8 - Concordia 97-1404]
  • Fantasia in d minor (Johann Pachelbel)
  • God of Our Fathers (Carlos Staszeski) [Organist's Companion, September 1997]
  • Italian Hymn (Robin Dinda) [Organist's Companion, June 1987]
  • Italian Hymn (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, May 1998]
  • Italian Hymn; (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, October 1981]
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Myron Cassner) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (John Diercks) [Six Sacred Compositions for Organ - Abingdon APM-255]
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Great Hymns of Faith - Morning Star Music Publ 10-839]
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Richard Warner) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • 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 - McAfee Music Corp]
  • Meditation on Picardy (Edward Beals) [Organist's Companion, January 1993]
  • Partita on Dix(Dennis Janzer)
  • Partita on Liebster Jesu (J.C.H. Rinck)
  • Pastorale on Trinity (Richard Proulx) [Consoliere V-2]
  • Prelude and Fugue in G Major (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Prelude and Varied Harmonization on Picardy (Anthony Giamanco) [Organist's Companion, January 2001]
  • Prelude on Dix from Seven Preludes for the Church Year (Donna Robertson)
  • Prelude on Italian Hymn (Richard Proulx)
  • Prelude on Liebster Jesu (Bach, Walther, Reger, Manz, Thompson, Ore, Rinck)
  • Prelude on National Hymn (Edward Mead) [Three Preludes]
  • Prelude on Picardy from Seven Preludes for the Church Year (Donna Robertson)
  • Prelude on Picardy (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Meditations on Communion Hymns - Flammer]
  • Toccata in a minor (J.P. Sweelinck)
  • Toccata on God of Our Fathers (Craig Penfield) [Organist's Companion, September 1994]
  • Variants on Let All Mortal Flesh (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, October 1982]
  • Variations on Liebster Jesu (J.C.H. Rinck)
  • Vater unser im Himmelreich (J.S. Bach)

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 38

This psalm has been titled both "Supplications of a Suffering Saint" and "Prayer of an Afflicted Sinner." It is one of the seven Penitential Psalms (Pss. 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143), designated such in the seventh century AD, that suitably express repentance. The psalmist is afflicted with grave sickness and turns to the Lord for help.

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