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The Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Intret oratio mea [Graduale Romanum, p.363]
    2. Intret oratio mea [Gregorian Missal, p.586]
    3. Intret oratio mea (Chris Mueller)
    4. Let my prayer enter into your presence [Simple English Propers, p.334 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. Let my prayer come before you [Simple Choral Gradual, p.253 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. O Lord God of My Salvation (William Croft) [Broude]
    7. O Lord of My Salvation (John Blow)
    8. Allow My Prayer and Plea [tune: Saint Bride] from Introit Hymns #71 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Dirigatur oratio mea [Graduale Romanum, p.363]
    2. Dirigatur oratio mea [Gregorian Missal, p.587]
    3. Dirigatur oratio mea (Moritz Brosig)
    4. Let My Prayer Come Up (John Blow) [Elkan Vogel]
    5. Let My Prayer Come Up (G.C. Martin) [Novello]
    6. Let My Prayer Come Up into Thy Presence (Henry Purcell) [E.C. Schirmer]
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. (A) Quinque prudentes virgines [Graduale Romanum, p.502]
    2. (A) Quinque prudentes virgines [Gregorian Missal, p.587]
  • Offertory:
    1. Gressus meos [Graduale Romanum, p.365]
    2. Gressus meos [Gregorian Missal, p.589]
    3. Gressus meos (Oralndo di Lasso)
    4. Guide my footsteps, O Lord [Simple English Propers, p.335 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. Let no evil rule me [Simple Choral Gradual, p.254 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Communion:
    1. (A) Quinque prudentes virgines [Graduale Romanum, p.507]
    2. (A) Quinque prudentes virgines [Gregorian Missal, p.590]
    3. The five wise virgins took oil [Simple English Propers, p.336 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    4. The Lord is my shepherd [Simple Choral Gradual, p.255 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. The disciples recognized the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.256 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • 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

  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (HPSC #112, ICEL #130, WIII #737, CBW #536, AH #601, PMB #663, CH #504, CHB #112, SMH #213, EH #347)
  • Before the Lord We Bow (HPSC #120)
  • City of God, Jerusalem (WIII #362)
  • Come, Christians, Join to Sing (SMH #265)
  • Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life (WIII #569, CD #899, CH #532, SMH #270)
  • Come, Ye Thankful People, Come (WIII #759, ICEL #217, HPSC #143, CH #626, CHB #211, EH #137)
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (AH #481, CBW #549, CH #525, HPSC #145, ICEL #106, PMB #96, WIII #496, CHB #141, SMH #272, EH #352)
  • Festival Canticle: Worthy Is Christ (CH #265, WIII #458)
  • For All the Saints (WIII #705, ICEL #189, HPSC #157, AH #590, HH #287, CBW #617, PMB #187, CH #336, CHB #166, SMH #297, EH #126)
  • God Is My Great Desire (WIII #581, SMH #312)
  • How Brightly Beams the Morning Star (CD #815, WIII #390, HH #55, CH #214, CHB #45, EH #329)
  • I Bind unto Myself Today (HPSC #189, AH #463, CH #305, CHB #97, ICEL #95, EH #268)
  • I Want to Walk As A Child of the Light (WIII #510)
  • Jesus Lives! Thy Terrors Now (CH #287, SMH #378)
  • Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates! (AH #485, HH #19, HPSC #211, ICEL #7, WIII #363, SMH #399, EH #484)
  • Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending (AH #304, CHB #7, SMH #401, EH #5)
  • O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts (WIII #605, ICEL #139, HH #249, CH #510, SMH #450, EH #485)
  • O King of Might and Splendor (PMB #586, CHB #109, CH #383)
  • O Lord, You Are My God (HPSC #253)
  • Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers (HPSC #287, HH #7, SMH #509, EH #4)
  • Rejoice the Lord Is King (WIII #493, ICEL #108, HPSC #290, HH #181, CBW #645, CH #515, CHB #261, SMH #510, EH #350)
  • The Day Is Surely Drawing Near (HPSC #315)
  • The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns (CH #430, HH #15, HPSC #325, PMB #12, WIII #373, SMH #565, EH #11)
  • Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying (AH #306, CBW #451, CH #186, HH #25, ICEL #11, PMB #10, WIII #371, CHB #10, HPSC #338, EH #3)
  • Watchman, Tell Us of the Night (HH #28, EH #440)
  • Ye Sons of Men, O Hearken (CD #802)
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (HPSC #359, WIII #707, AH #416, HH #275, PMB #71, CH #578, CHB #275, SMH #617, EH #599)
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

  • Agnus Dei from Requiem (Gabriel Fauré)
  • Audivi media nocte (John Taverner) [Chester]
  • Audivi vocem de cœlo (Thomas Tallis)
  • Blest Are They Whose Spirits Long (Handel / Hopson) [Choristers Guild]
  • Early, O Lord, My Fainting Soul (Henry Purcell) [Novello]
  • Early Will I Seek Thee (Thomas Weelkes)
  • Hostias from Requiem (W.A. Mozart)
  • How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place from A German Requiem (Johannes Brahms)
  • If We Believe That Jesus Died (John Goss) [Broude]
  • In me transierunt irae tuae (Orlando di Lasso)
  • In the Breaking of the Bread (Austin Lovelace)
  • Jesu, Grant Me This, I Pray (C.H. Kitson) [Oxford]
  • Let My Prayer Come Up (Alan Smith)
  • My Lord, What a Mourning (Spiritual)
  • O Grant Me Wisdom (Gary Penkala)
  • O How Amiable (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Only-begotten, Word of God (Calvert Shenk)
  • Pie Jesu from Requiem Mass (Malcolm Archer) [Kevin Mayhew Ltd]
  • Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers (Adam Gumpeltzhaimer) [Concordia]
  • Rex tremendae majestatis from Requiem (W.A. Mozart)
  • Salvator mundi (Tallis / Kenney)
  • Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Astounds Us (arr. Richard Proulx) [GIA #G-4329]
  • The Souls of the Righteous (Stanley Merchant)
  • Therefore Watch That Ye Be Ready (Andreas Hammerschmidt) [Concordia]
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme from Cantata # 140 (J.S. Bach)
  • Wake, Awake (Donna Robertson)
  • Zion hört die Wächter singen (Dieterich Buxtehude) [E.C. Schirmer]

Organ Music

  • Alleluya (William Faulkes) [A Victorian Organ Album - Oxford]
  • Ave verum from Two Chant Meditations (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Chant funebre (Henri Mulet)
  • Chorale Fantasia on Lasst uns erfreuen (Flor Peeters)
  • Chorale Prelude on Diademata (James Pethel) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Chorale Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen (R. Evan Copley) [H.W. Gray]
  • Come, Ye Thankful People, Come (Hugo Gehrke) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Come, Ye Thankful People, Come (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, October 1981]
  • Come, Ye Thankful People, Come (James Pethel) [The Sacred Organ Journal, Vol.13, No.2 - Lorenz]
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (Robert Crane) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Pentecost Season - Concordia 97-5517]
  • Duet and Trio on Hyfrydol [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Fantasy on the Hymn Tune Sine nomine(Edward G. Mead) [Flammer]
  • For All the Saints (G. Winston Cassler) [This Is the Victory - Augsburg 11-9497]
  • For All the Saints(Hugo Gehrke) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • For All the Saints (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 2 - Concordia 97-5385]
  • How Lovely Shines the Morning Star (Jan Bender) [Parish Organist, Part 9: Wedding Music - Concordia]
  • How Lovely Shines the Morning Star (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set III - Morning Star Music Publ 10-102]
  • How Lovely Shines the Morning Star (Flor Peeters) [Thirty Chorale Preludes, Book 1 - Peters 6023]
  • How Lovely Shines the Morning Star (Max Reger) [Chorale Preludes for the Church Year - Carl Fischer]
  • Hyfrydol (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, November 1999]
  • Hymn Prelude on Diademata (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Hymn Preludes for Ascension & Pentecost - Flammer]
  • In paradisum (Alfred Fedak) [Selah Publishing Co]
  • Kingsfold Trumpet (Alfred Fedak)
  • Lasst uns erfreuen (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, May 2001]
  • Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus (Paul Manz)
  • Lift Up Your Heads (Ewald Weiss) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Pastorale (César Franck)
  • Postlude on Lasst uns erfreuen (Gordon Young) [Collage for Organ - Flammer HF-5011]
  • Prelude and Fugue in e minor (G.B. Martini)
  • Prelude in c minor (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Prelude on Diademata from Seven Preludes for the Church Year (Donna Robertson)
  • 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 Lasst uns erfreuen (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, June 1980]
  • Prelude on Leoni (Richard Proulx) [Augsburg]
  • Prelude on Morning Song (Wilbur Held, David Johnson)
  • Prelude on Truro (G.W. Cassler, Ewald Weiss)
  • Solemn Prelude on Leoni (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, July 1989]
  • Suite for Worship on Truro and Duke Street (G. Winston Cassler) [Organist's Companion, April 1985]
  • The King Shall Come (David Johnson)
  • The King Shall Come (Paul Manz) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Toccata and Variation on Hyfrydol (Gordon Young) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • Toccata on Darwall (Dennis R. Johnson) [Organist's Companion, July 1999]
  • Trumpet Voluntary on Saint George's Windsor [Organist's Companion, September 1995]
  • Variations on Lasst uns erfreuen (Thomas Bohlert) [Organist's Companion, June 1988]
  • Variations on Sine nomine (Richard Proulx) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Voluntary in A Major (William Selby)
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (J.S. Bach, J.L. Krebs, J.G. Walther, D. Polley)
  • Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set 1 [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-100]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Andreas Amrsdorff) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (J.C. Bach) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (J.S. Bach) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Victor Klauss) [Organist's Companion, November 1989] [Organist's Companion, November 1997]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Johann Pachelbel) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Flor Peeters) [Thirty Chorale Preludes]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980] [Joyce Jones Christmas Collection - Bradley Publ]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Stephen Rohde) [Organist's Companion, December 1985]
  • Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, December 1980]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (John Diercks) [Six Sacred Compositions for Organ - Abingdon APM-255]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Autumn Festivals - Concordia 97-5360]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 1 - Concordia 97-5019]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (David Schack) [Nine Chorale Preludes - Concordia 97-5045]

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 88

Perhaps the saddest of all religious songs, Psalm 88 presents a view of death and Sheol that is desolate and foreboding. The fear of death is vividly portrayed by the psalmist, but yet there is hope. Brief prayers punctuate the relentless horrors of an afterlife cut off from God and from others. Only the Lord can save one from the "Midnight Darkness." Cling to him in the blackness and he will raise you to life and light.

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