Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion (A)
- All Glory, Laud and Honor (AH #383, CBW #486, CH #256, HPSC #105, ICEL #55, PMB #41, WIII #428, CHB #60, SMH #200)
- Behold the Royal Cross on High (HH #88)
- Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates! (AH #485, HH #19, HPSC #211, ICEL #7, WIII #363, SMH #399)
- My Song Is Love Unknown (CH #258, HH #90, WIII #439, CHB #65, SMH #421)
- 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)
- Ride On, Ride On in Majesty (AH #382, HH #97, CHB #68, SMH #511)
- Salvator mundi (WIII #425)
- Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle (AH #404, CBW #583, CH #364, HPSC #298, ICEL #145, WIII #437, CHB #69)
- The Royal Banners Forward Go (WIII #435, HPSC #328, AH #381, CHB #70)
- Think of the Son of God (HPSC #330)
- Were You There? (PMB #51, ICEL #61, WIII #436, CBW #493, CH #262, SMH #602)
- When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (ICEL #63, WIII #433, CH #263, PMB #53, CBW #489, CHB #72, SMH #609/10)
- 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
- 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.
- "A Lenten Meditation" (Gardner)
- "Ah, Holy Jesus" (Stephen DeCesare) CNP Catalog #5250
- "All Glory, Laud and Honor" (Bach / Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
- "At the Name of Jesus" (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Oxford]
- "By Thy Glorious Death" (Antonin Dvorak)
- "Caligaverunt oculi mei" (T.L. de Victoria / Angelini) CNP Catalog #7030
- "Christus factus est" (Felice Anerio, Anton Bruckner, Francesco Durante, G.P. da Palestrina)
- "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani" (Richard Clark) CNP Catalog #5027
- "Fanfare for Palm Sunday" (Richard Proulx) [GIA Publications]
- "God So Loved the World" (John Stainer)
- "Heilig" (Felix Mendelssohn)
- "Hosanna, Blessed Is He Who Comes" (Constantin Dedekind)
- "Hosanna filio David" (Gregorian chant) Proper Introit for Palm Sunday [Graduale simplex, p.115; Liber usualis, p.578]
- "Hosanna in the Highest" (Richard Frey) [AMSI] antiphonal
- "Hosanna to the Son of David" (Orlando Gibbons) [H.W. Gray]
- "Hosianna" (Christian Gregor) [Choristers Guild] antiphonal
- "Tenebræ facta sunt" (Giovanni Croce, Orlando di Lasso, Michael Haydn, M.A. Ingegneri, Niccolo Jommelli, Leonardo Leo, G.B Martini, G.P. da Palestrina)
- "In monte Olivetti" (Ingegneri)
- "In nomine Jesu" (Jacob Handl) [GIA Publications]
- "Miserere mei Domine" (Calvert Shenk) CNP Catalog #5120
- "My God, My God, Look upon Me" (Maurice Greene) [Broude]
- "Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Volume 1" (Colin Brumby) CNP Catalog #5201
- "Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Volume 2" (Colin Brumby) CNP Catalog #5202
- "Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Volume 3" (Colin Brumby) CNP Catalog #5203
- "O crux spes unica" (T.L. de Victoria)
- "O My People" (Colin Brumby) CNP Catalog #5140
- "O vos omnes" (Giovanni Croce)
- "Per signum crucis" (Francesco Durante)
- "Salvator mundi" (Tallis / Kenney) CNP Catalog #7100
- "Seven Last Words of Christ" (Gary Penkala) CNP Catalog #5093
- "Stabat Mater" (Jonathan Kregor) CNP Catalog #5021
- "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs" (R. Evan Copley)
- "The Royal Banners" (Richard Peek)
- "Tristis est anima mea" (G.B.Martini / ed. Andrea Angelini) CNP Catalog #7095
- "Vexilla regis prodeunt" (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 2 CNP Catalog #2002
- "We Should Glory in the Cross" (Rev. Thomas Buffer) CNP Catalog #5220
Tradition advises against organ music during Lent, except as needed to accompany singing.
The triumphant nature of the first part of today's liturgy would seem to benefit from an appropriate, festive organ prelude, however.
An organ or instrumental selection might also accompany the movement of the celebrant to the place of blessing branches, with a congregational hymn being sung during the procession.
If organ music is thusly used, it should not be used at other places in today's Mass, once the theme has changed from the jubilance of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the stark gravity of the cross and passion (i.e. no organ music at communion and definitely no postlude).
Liturgical Hints & Ideas:
- "A Palm Sunday Processional on All Glory, Laud and Honor" (Jan Bender [Concordia #97-1396]
- "All Glory, Laud and Honor" (Marcel Dupré)
- "All Glory, Laud and Honor" (Alexandre Guilmant)
- "All Glory, Laud and Honor" (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, April 1981 - McAfee Music Corp]
- "All Glory, Laud and Honor" (G.F. Kaufmann) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
- "All Glory, Laud and Honor" (Robert Powell) [Organist's Companion, April 1984 - McAfee Music Corp]
- "All Glory, Laud and Honor" (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, April 1985 - McAfee Music Corp]
- "All Glory, Laud and Honor" (John Hebden Schaffner)
- "All Glory, Laud and Honor" (David Stiver) [Organist's Companion, March 1995 - McAfee Music Corp]
- "Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund" (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
- "Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund" (Samuel Scheidt)
- "Fanfare Prelude on All Glory, Laud and Honor" (James Southbridge) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
- "Fantasia super Valet will ich der geben" (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
- "Fantasy on Vexilla regis prodeunt" (John Bull) [Anthologia pro organo III]
- "Herzliebster Jesu" (Johannes Brahms) from Eleven Chorale Preludes
- "Improvisation for Palm Sunday" (Alexandre Guilmant) [The Sacred Organ Journal, Vol.12, No.4 - Lorenz]
- "Palm Sunday Processional on All Glory, Laud, and Honor" (Jan Bender) [Concordia 97-1396
- "Palm Sunday: Saint Theodulph" (Richard Elsasser) [The Christian Year - Sacred Songs Co.]
- "Partitia on Ein Lämmlein geht" (Gerhard Krapf) [Concordia]
- "Prelude on King's Majesty" (Graham George)
- "Prelude on King's Weston" (David N. Johnson) [Augsburg]
- "Prelude on Vexilla regis" (Flor Peeters, Ernst Pepping, Healey Willan)
- "Saint Theodulph" (Robin Rokey) [Organist's Companion, March 2001 - McAfee Music Corp]
- "The Royal Banners Forward Go" (Wilbur Held) from A Suite of Passion Hymn Settings [Concordia 97-4843]
- "Valet will ich dir geben" (J.S. Bach) Orgelwerke VII [C.F. Peters #246]
- "Valet will ich dir geben" (J.S. Bach) arr. from Christus der ist mein Leben Church Organist's Golden Treasury III [Oliver Ditson Co]
- "Valet will ich dir geben" (Colin Brumby) from Five Chorale Preludes CNP Catalog #6025
- "Valet will ich dir geben" (G.F. Kaufmann) from Eighty Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
- "Valet will ich dir geben" (Max Reger) from 30 Kleine Choralvorspiele [C.F. Peters #3980]
- "Variations on King's Weston" (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, June 1985 - McAfee Music Corp]
- "Vexilla regis" (Everett Titcomb) [B.F. Wood]
There are two distinct moods in today's liturgy.
Mass begins with the triumphal Entrance into Jerusalem.
By all means, precede this ritual action with a solemn, glorious organ prelude.
Let the congregation hear the crowds shouting and waving palm branches.
Continue this mood through the procession.
Notice how things change with the Opening Prayer and the Liturgy of the Word.
Now the emphasis is on the imminent passion and death of Christ.
Music for the rest of Mass should reflect this theme.
Notwithstanding our hopeful encouragement, most of the congregation will probably not see the church again until Easter Sunday.
The second half of today's liturgy needs to be their "Good Friday."
The liturgy might taper off to the events of Holy Week by omitting the final hymn, the ministers departing in silence.