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The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary [At the Mass during the Day]

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Blessed Virgin Mother (HH #294)
  • Canticle of Mary (CH #433, CBW #68, SMH #250)
  • Daily, Daily, Sing to Mary (CHB #145, AH #544, SMH #278, VII #260)
  • Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above (AH #530, CBW #610, CH #312, HPSC #170, ICEL #112, PMB #180, WIII #702, CHB #146, SMH #330, VII #261)
  • O Christ, the World's Salvation (Dennis DiPaolo)
  • O Glorious Lady Throned in Rest (CD #844)
  • O Most Holy One (AH #542, CH #318, WIII #712, PMB #181, VII #369)
  • Planted Like Seeds Our Bodies Wait the Sound from Hymns for the Liturgical Year (Kathleen Pluth)
  • Sounds of Joy Have Put to Flight (AH #536)
  • Star of Sea and Ocean (HH #298)
  • Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord (HPSC #311, CD #846, CBW #638, CHB #264, WIII #534)
  • Who Is She Ascends So High (CH #322, ICEL #111)
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

  • Angelus (Christopher Garton-Zavesky)
  • Assumpta est Maria (William Byrd, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Manoel Dias de Oliveira, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Peter Philips, Georg Prenner)
  • Ave Maria (Arcadelt / Angelini)
  • Ave Maria (Victoria / Angelini)
  • Beata es, Virgo Maria (William Byrd, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Hans Leo Hassler, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Philippe Verdelot, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • Diffusa est gratia (William Byrd)
  • Dulcissima Maria (Francisco Guerrero)
  • Felix namque es (William Byrd, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, José Maurício Nunes Garcia)
  • In Praise of the Virgin (Colin Brumby)
  • Magnificat (Jacques Berthier) [GIA Publications]
  • Magnificat (Ciro Grassi) [Saint Gregory Hymnal]
  • Magnificat brevis (Gary Penkala)
  • Mary, the Dawn (Justin Mulcahy) see Pius X Hymnal
  • O gloriosa Virginum (R.E. Smith) [GIA Publications]
  • O Lord, Arise (Thomas Weelkes) [Oxford]
  • O quam tu pulchra es (Alessandro Grandi)
  • Quasi cedrus (Francisco Guerrero)
  • Salve Regina (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 3
  • Tota pulchra es, Maria (J. William Greene)
  • Tota pulchra es (Giulio Belli, John Forest, Heinrich Isaac, Clemens Morel, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, John Plummer, Hieronymus Praetorius, Giovanni Battista Riccio, Ludwig Senfl, Robert White)
  • Vultum tuum (William Byrd, Josquin des Prez)

Organ Music

  • Ave Maria from Two Chant Meditations for Organ (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Concordi lætitia from Two Chant Processionals (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Fanfare (Jean Mouret)
  • Festive Processionals for Organ and Brass (Calvert Shenk)
  • Fuga sopra Magnificat (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
  • Hail, Holy Queen (Robert Hebble) [For the Masses - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Improvisation on Salve Regina (Robert Hebble) [For the Masses - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Mach's mit mir Gott (J.G. Walther, J.C. Kittel)
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Marian Antiphons (Marcel Dupré)
  • Meine Seele erhebt den Herren (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Meine Seele erhebt den Herren (J.G. Walther) [Seasonal Chorale Preludes for Manuals, Bk 2 - Oxford]
  • Offertory from Messe basse (Camil van Hulse)
  • Plein jeu from Magnificat (Jean François Dandrieu)
  • Postlude on Sicilian Mariners (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, June 1986]
  • Postlude on Sicilian Mariners from May Music (John Larkin)
  • Prière a Notre Dame (Léon Boëlmann)
  • Salve Regina (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-six Miniatures]
  • Salve Regina (R. Keldermans) [Consoliere V-2]
  • Sortie on a Marian Hymn (Alexandre Guilmant)
  • Toccata on Salve Regina (Hermann Schroeder) [Die Marianischen Antiphonen - Schott]
  • Toccata on Salve Regina (Everett Titcomb) [H.W. Gray - St.Cec.Ser. 790]
  • Variation to the Sicilian Hymn (Benjamin Carr) [A Century of Amercian Organ Music, Bk 1 - McAfee Music Corp]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Assumption (with the accompanying image of the Coronation of the Virgin) is a glorious feast, the logical fulfillment of Mary's immaculate conception. Mary's life in heaven is a foretaste of our life after death, if we but persevere and remain faithful to God's will. Reflect the sunny atmosphere of summer in the music for this solemnity. A brilliant toccata is a perfect close to the liturgy.

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