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The Fifth Sunday of Lent (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Behold the Royal Cross on High (HH #88)
  • Eternal Lord of Love (HH #79)
  • Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth (CH #617, WIII #438, HH #99, EH #522)
  • O Cross of Christ (PMB #46, HH #91, CH #254, AH #361, CBW #483)
  • O Sacred Head Surrounded (AH #403, CBW #491, CH #259, HH #93, HPSC #248, ICEL #57, PMB #50, WIII #434, CHB #67, SMH #464, EH #75, VII #245)
  • Out of the Depths (CD #821, HPSC #277, CBW #488, CH #246)
  • The Royal Banners Forward Go (WIII #435, HPSC #328, AH #381, CHB #70, EH #63)
  • We Give Immortal Praise (HPSC #345)
  • When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (ICEL #63, WIII #433, CH #263, PMB #53, CBW #489, CHB #72, SMH #609/10, EH #337, VII #341)
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

  • Agnus Dei (Pergolesi/Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Ah, Holy Jesus (Stephen DeCesare)
  • Awake, Good People (arr. Marie Pooler)
  • Behold the Savior (S. Drummond Wolff)
  • Caligaverunt oculi mei (Victoria / Angelini)
  • Cast Thy Burden from Elijah (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Crucifixus (J.S. Bach, F.J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart)
  • De profundis (W.A. Mozart, Orlando di Lasso, Christoph Gluck, Josquin des Prez)
  • In Deep Despair I Call on Thee (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Judge Me, O God (Felix Mendelssohn) [Oxford]
  • Judica me Deus (Gregorian chant) from Liber usualis p.569
  • Judge and Defend My Cause, O Lord (John Smith)
  • Judica me Deus (G. Gorczycki) [GIA Publications]
  • Lamb of God (F.M. Christiansen) [Augsburg]
  • Miserere mei Domine (Calvert Shenk)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book I (Colin Brumby)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book II (Colin Brumby)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book III (Colin Brumby)
  • O Christ, Thou Lamb of God (Healey Willan)
  • O Crux spes unica (T.L. de Victoria)
  • O My People (Colin Brumby)
  • O Saviour of the World (John Goss)
  • Our Soul Doth Wait upon the Lord (John Antes) [Boosey & Hawkes]
  • Out of the Deep (Adrian Batten, M.A. Charpentier, William Croft, Alan Hovhaness, Thomas Morley, Heinrich Schütz, Malcolm Williamson)
  • Psalm 130 (Paul Manz)
  • Salvator mundi (Tallis / Kenney)
  • Stabat Mater (Jonathan Kregor)
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs (R. Evan Copley)
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs from Messiah (G.F Handel)
  • Therefore We before Him Bending (James Morrison)
  • Vexilla regis prodeunt (Gregorian chant) Proper Vesper Hymn for Lent V / See Booklet of Chant, Volume 2 – or – Liber usualis p.575
  • We Should Glory in the Cross (Rev. Thomas Buffer)
  • When Jesus Wept (William Billings)

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:

  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen; (Johannes Brahms) from 11 Chorale Preludes
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (J.G. Walther & D. Buxtehude) from 80 Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (F.W. Zachau) from The Church Organist's Golden Treasury, Vol.2 [Oliver Ditson Co.]
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (Moritz Brosig)
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (Adolph Hesse)
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (F.W. Marpurg) from 21 Chorale Preludes [Augsburg]
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (Max Reger) from 30 Kleine Choralvorspiele [C.F. Peters #3980]
  • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (Johann Pachelbel) from 80 Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
  • O Sacred Head Now Wounded (John Hebden Schaffner)
  • Passion Chorale (Jan Bender)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Fifth Sunday of Lent in Year A has a very powerful Gospel: the Raising of Lazarus. This is a foreshadowing of Christ's own resurrection and a foretaste of our rising to the new life of heaven. It places the resurrection squarely within our pragmatic living. Emphasize life and hope in today's music. A countertheme may also be developed- today was previously called "Passion Sunday." There are remnants of that title in the prayers and preface of today's Mass. Music may begin a shift today, looking toward the sufferings of Christ.

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