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The Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Dicit Dominus: Ego cogito [Graduale Romanum, p.366]
    2. Dicit Dominus: Ego cogito [Gregorian Missal, p.591]
    3. Dicit Dominus: Ego cogito (Jeffrey Quick, Chris Mueller)
    4. The Lord says: I am pondering [Simple English Propers, p.340 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. The Lord says: My plans for you [Simple Choral Gradual, p.257 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. God Proclaims for All to Hear [tune: Gaudeamus pariter] from Introit Hymns #72 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Liberasti nos, Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.366]
    2. Liberasti nos, Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.592]
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. De profundis clamavi [Graduale Romanum, p.367]
    2. De profundis clamavi [Gregorian Missal, p.593]
    3. De profundis (J.G. Albrechtsberger, Nicolaus Bruhns, João de Deus Castro Lobo, Josquin des Prez, C.W. Gluck, E.L. Morago, W.A. Mozart, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, G.P. da Palestrina, C.H.H. Parry, Jeffrey Quick)
  • Offertory:
    1. De profundis clamavi [Graduale Romanum, p.368]
    2. De profundis clamavi [Gregorian Missal, p.594]
    3. De profundis clamavi [Graduale simplex, p.104]
    4. De profundis (J.G. Albrechtsberger, Nicolaus Bruhns, João de Deus Castro Lobo, Josquin des Prez, C.W. Gluck, E.L. Morago, W.A. Mozart, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, G.P. da Palestrina, C.H.H. Parry, Jeffrey Quick)
    5. Out of the depths have I cried to you [Simple English Propers, p.341 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Lord, hear my voice [Simple Choral Gradual, p.258 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Communion:
    1. (A) Domine, quinque talenta [Graduale Romanum, p.515]
    2. (A) Domine, quinque talenta [Gregorian Missal, p.595]
    3. Domine, quinque talenta (Francisco Valls)
    4. Lord, you delivered five talents unto me [Simple English Propers, p.342 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. It is good for me to be with the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.259 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. I tell you solemnly, whatever you ask for [Simple Choral Gradual, p.260 (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


  • 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)
  • Blessed Jesus, At Your Word (ICEL #180, CD #859, HH #208, CH #655)
  • 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)
  • God of Gods, We Sound His Praises (HPSC #166)
  • God Whose Giving Knows No Ending (WIII #631, CD #873)
  • Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (PMB #118, WIII #512, ICEL #233, HH #193, CH #566, CHB #225, SMH #363, EH #301)
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (CH #581, HPSC #203, WIII #525, SMH #386, EH #281)
  • Let All Things Now Living (WIII #559, HPSC #208, CH #567, SMH #393)
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (ICEL #152, WIII #588, AH #470, CH #454, CHB #242, SMH #409, EH #479)
  • 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)
  • O Praise Ye the Lord (HPSC #259, CBW #649, WIII #539, ICEL #238, CD #906, CHB #253)
  • O Quickly Come, Great Judge of All (HH #21)
  • O the Beautiful Treasures (WIII #689)
  • On This Day the First of Days (WIII #662, ICEL #241, PMB #235, CBW #590, HH #179, AH #610, CH #596, CD #853, SMH #481)
  • The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns (CH #430, HH #15, HPSC #325, PMB #12, WIII #373, SMH #565, EH #11)
  • The Lord Almighty Spoke the Word (CD #855)
  • Thy Strong Word Didst Cleave the Darkness (WIII #511, HH #206)
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

  • A Woman of Valour (Darius Milhaud) [Mercury]
  • Blessed Are All They That Fear the Lord (Leo Sowerby) [H.W. Gray]
  • Blest Are All Who Fearfully Love the Lord (Henry Purcell) [Dartmouth]
  • De profundis (W.A. Mozart)
  • Hail, Holy Light! (A.D. Kastalsky)
  • How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings Fair (Colin Brumby)
  • Iustorum animæ (Colin Brumby)
  • O Light Divine (Alexander Archhangelsky)
  • Psalm 84 (Paul Langston) [Howard Publications]
  • Psalm 128 (Robert Wetzler)
  • Serve bone (Orlando di Lasso) [Mercury]

Organ Music

  • Abide, O Dearest Jesus (Paul Manz; Sigfrid Karg-Elert)
  • Agincourt Hymn (John Dunstable)
  • Ash Grove (G. Winston Cassler) [Organist's Companion, October 1980]
  • Ash Grove (Paul R. Otte) [Organist's Companion, October 1988]
  • Blessed Jesus, At Thy Word (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Classic Chorales - Morning Star Music Publ 10-843]
  • Blessed Jesus, At Thy Word (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 3 - Concordia 97-5702]
  • Blessed Jesus, At Thy Word (Piet Post) [Triptych for Organ - Augsburg]
  • Butresses from Gothic Suite (Gordon Young)
  • Chorale Prelude on Diademata (James Pethel) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • 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]
  • Contrapunctus I from The Art of the Fugue (J.S. Bach)
  • 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]
  • Fantasia in C Major (J.S. Bach)
  • Fantasia on Saint Anne (Alfred Fedak) [Selah Publ Co]
  • Hymn Prelude on Diademata (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Hymn Preludes for Ascension & Pentecost - Flammer]
  • Hymn to Joy (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Immortal, Invisible (Harold Rohlig) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • 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 - McAfee Music Corp]
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Heinrich Fleischer) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • 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]
  • Partitia on Liebster Jesu (J.C.H. Rinck)
  • Partita on Saint Anne (Paul Manz) [Concordia 97-5307]
  • Postlude on Hymn to Joy (Gordon Young) [Seven Chorale Preludes]
  • Praeludium II (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Prelude on Ash Grove (Paul Otte, G.W. Cassler)
  • Prelude on Diademata from Seven Preludes for the Church Year (Donna Robertson)
  • Prelude on Ebenezer Paul Manz, Charles Ore, David Ruhl)
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Healey Willan, Paul Manz, Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Prelude on Hymn to Joy (Michael Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Prelude on King's Weston (David N. Johnson) [Augsburg]
  • Prelude on Liebster Jesu (Bach, Walther, Reger, Manz, Thompson, Ore, Rinck)
  • Prelude on Morning Song (Wilbur Held, David Johnson)
  • Prelude on Rhosymedre (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Prelude on Saint Anne (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • Prelude on Saint Denio (Harold Rohlig)
  • Processional on Hymn to Joy; (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, August 1986]
  • Rosace / Rose Window (Henri Mulet)
  • Rustic Rejoicing (Geroge Brandon)
  • Solemn Prelude from The Solemn Organ (Tim Knight)
  • Sonata I in E-flat (J.S. Bach)
  • Sonata VI / Vater unser (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • The King Shall Come (David Johnson)
  • The King Shall Come (Paul Manz) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Three Preludes on Gott sei dank (Michael Sullivan) [Organist's Companion, May 1989]
  • Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness (Paul Manz) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Toccata on Saint Anne (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Toccata-Prelude on Saint Anne (Garth Edmundson) [J. Fischer & Bros]
  • Trumpet Voluntary on Saint George's Windsor [Organist's Companion, September 1995]
  • 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 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 85

This was likely written during a time of national distress, perhaps during the sixth century Exile when Israel doubted God's presence among them. The three parts of the psalm are clearly seen: ackowledgement of past atonement, prayer for present revival, prospect of future glory. This "Prayer for Complete Restoration" envisions a time when "Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss."

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