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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Factus est Dominus [Graduale Romanum, p.281]
    2. Factus est Dominus [Gregorian Missal, p.461]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. The Lord has become my protector [Simple English Propers, p.209 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. The Lord became my protector [Lumen Christi Missal, p.938 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    6. The Lord has been my strength [Simple Choral Gradual, p.157 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. The Lord Has Become My Protector [tune: Saint Denio] from Introit Hymns #43 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. (A) Ad Dominum dum tribularer [Graduale Romanum, p.282]
    2. (A) Ad Dominum dum tribularer [Gregorian Missal, p.462]
    3. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. Chabanel Psalmody
    5. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Domine Deus meus [Graduale Romanum, p.283]
    2. Domine Deus meus [Gregorian Missal, p.463]
    3. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Domine convertere [Graduale Romanum, p.283]
    2. Domine convertere [Gregorian Missal, p.464]
    3. Domine convertere (Orlando di Lasso, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. Turn to me, O Lord [Simple English Propers, p.210 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Turn thee, O Lord (William Croft)
    7. Save me in your merciful love [Simple Choral Gradual, p.158 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Choose one Offertory Antiphon from any of those suggested in #144-157 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.945-949 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. (A) Primum quærite [Graduale Romanum, p.325]
    2. (A) Primum quærite [Gregorian Missal, p.531]
    3. (A) Primum quærite [Communio, p.203 (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. Seek first the kingdom of God [Simple English Propers, p.211 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Seek first the kingdom of God [Choral Communio, p.156 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. I will sing to the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.159 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. I, the Lord, am with you [Simple Choral Gradual, p.160 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. Choose one Communion Antiphon from any of those suggested in #158-186 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.949-956 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. Seek first the kingdom of God 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


  • All Things Bright and Beautiful (WIII #505, ICEL #221, CH #594, CHB #202, SMH #196, EH #311)
  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (WIII #617, HPSC #128, ICEL #183, CBW #542, CH #485, AH #561, CHB #209, SMH #255, EH #384, VII #306)
  • Christian, Do You Hear the Lord? (WIII #594, CH #448, SMH #262)
  • Faith of Our Fathers (WIII #571, ICEL #186, HPSC #152, CH #634, PMB #149, CBW #603, AH #603, CHB #183, SMH #294, EH #393, VII #208)
  • How Firm A Foundation (CH #452, ICEL #193, WIII #585, HH #290, SMH #349, EH #564)
  • I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (WIII #607, HPSC #192, ICEL #157, CH #453, AH #579, SMH #355, EH #424)
  • Lord of All Hopefulness (WIII #568, CH #524, HH #226, CHB #239, SMH #406, EH #363)
  • 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)
  • The God of Abraham Praise (WIII #537, ICEL #239, HPSC #320, EH #285)
  • This World, My God, Is Held within Your Hand (WIII #582, HH #242)
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

  • Bless the Lord, O My Soul (M. Ippolitov-Ivanov) [Schirmer]
  • Factus est adjutor (Gregorian chant) [Graduale simplex, p.220]
  • God of Mercy (Monteverdi/Hopson)
  • O Praise the Lord (Maurice Greene) [RSCM]
  • Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Jeremiah Clarke) [Concordia]
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O Lord (Eugene Englert)

Organ Music

  • Be Thou My Vision (Paul Manz) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Fantasia on Saint Anne (Alfred Fedak) [Selah Publ Co]
  • Partita on Saint Anne (Paul Manz)
  • Prelude on Saint Anne (Alfred Fedak, Heinrich Fleischer, WIlbur Held)
  • Prelude on Saint Catherine (Burton Isaac, James Konkel)
  • Prelude on Slane (Paul Manz, Charles Ore, Ronald Arnatt)
  • Variations on Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (David Johnson)
  • Variations on Slane for violin and organ (Jan Bender)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

From the August 2009 edition of Newsletter of the Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship:

What Should Priests Sing?

Sing to the Lord encourages the priest, particularly on Sundays and solemnities, to sing the Sign of the Cross and the dialogues. Priests will be able to utilize chants provided for these parts in the revised Missal. However, some priests who have been hesitant to sing at all may want to start by trying to sing these elements on a single pitch. From there, with the help of a music director, they may progress to using the new chant settings. By singing these parts of the Mass, emphasis is given to the dialogical nature of the Liturgy. God has initiated dialogue and the Church responds through Christ and in the Holy Spirit. In addition, such dialogical singing emphasizes the interaction of the material (ordained) priesthood and the royal (baptismal) priesthood of the faithful. Number 95 of the General Instruction on the Roman Missale (GIRM) notes that God has made His own a holy people "so that they may give thanks to God and offer the spotless Victim not only through the hands of the priest but also together with him …" In addition, number 34 of the GIRM states,

Since the celebration of Mass by its nature has a "communitarian" character, both the dialogues between the priest and the faithful gathered together, and the acclamations are of great significance, in fact, they are not simply outward signs of communal celebration but foster and bring about communion between priest and people.

We are mindful that the priest, in order to preserve this dialogic structure, should not sing along with the congregation in their responses to the dialogues.

Of course, there are some priests who will have no difficulty at all in singing all the parts of the Mass that will be made available to them in the revised Missal. Sing to the Lord does note in number 20 that, at a minimum, the priests should sing those parts of the Eucharistic Prayer for which notation is provided. Particularly on Sundays and solemnities, the opening dialogue and the Preface, the invitation to the Mystery of Faith (the Memorial Acclamation), and the concluding doxology should be sung.

The importance of the priest singing various parts of the Liturgy must also be explained to the faithful. Recently, for example, the Secretariat of Divine Worship received a telephone call from a parishioner who was very concerned that the young priest in her parish chanted the Eucharistic Prayer, and asked: "Is this Catholic?" "Catholic" it is indeed, but is is still a new experience for many of the faithful.

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