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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. (B/C) Deus in adiutorium meum intende [Graduale Romanum, p.315]
    2. (B/C) Deus in adiutorium meum intende [Gregorian Missal, p.516]
    3. Deus in adiutorium (Girolamo Ferrari da Mondondone, Claudio Monteverdi)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. (B/C) O God, come to my assistance [Simple English Propers, p.266 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. God, come to my help [Simple Choral Gradual, p.197 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. O God, come to my assistance [Lumen Christi Missal, p.941 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. O God, come to my assistance [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.67 / Mode 7 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    9. (B/C) O God, Come to My Aid [tune: Saint George] from Introit Hymns 55 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. (B/C) Benedicam Dominum [Graduale Romanum, p.316]
    2. (B/C) Benedicam Dominum [Gregorian Missal, p.517]
    3. Benedicam Dominum (Giovanni Croce, Josef von Eybler, Francesco Usper, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
    4. I will alway give thanks (Charles King, Vaughan Richardson)
    5. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. Chabanel Psalmody
    7. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Domine Deus salutis meæ [Graduale Romanum, p.317]
    2. Domine Deus salutis meæ [Gregorian Missal, p.518]
    3. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. (A/B) Precatus est Moyses [Graduale Romanum, p.317]
    2. (A/B) Precatus est Moyses [Gregorian Missal, p.519]
    3. Precatus est Moyses (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. (A/B) Moses prayed to the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.268 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. (A/B) Moses pleaded with the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.198 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Choose one Offertory Antiphon from any of those suggested in #144-157 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.946-949 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. Panem de cælo dedisti nobis [Graduale Romanum, p.319]
    2. Panem de cælo dedisti nobis [Gregorian Missal, p.521]
    3. Panem de cælo dedisti nobis [Communio, p.178 (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. You gave us bread from heaven [Simple English Propers, p.270 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. You gave us bread from heaven [Choral Communio, p.150 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. You gave us bread from heaven [Simple Choral Gradual, p.199 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. The Lord says: I am the bread of life [Simple Choral Gradual, p.200 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. You have given us, O Lord, bread from heaven [Lumen Christi Missal, p.952 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. You gave us bread from heaven [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    11. You have given us, O Lord, bread from heaven [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.67 / Mode 5 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    12. I am the bread of life, says the Lord [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.68 / Mode 5 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
  • 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 My Hope on God Is Founded (CD #923, CHB #200, CBW #667)
  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (HPSC #112, ICEL #130, WIII #737, CBW #536, AH #601, PMB #663, CH #504, CHB #112, SMH #213, EH #347, VII #277, LCH #86)
  • Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken (CH #375, EH #196)
  • For the Beauty of the Earth (WIII #557, ICEL #225, HPSC #158, HH #163, CBW #624, PMB #125, CH #562, SMH #298, EH #296, VII #207, LCH #104)
  • Gift of Finest Wheat (WIII #736, HPSC #360, PMB #665, CBW #570, CH #389, SMH #302)
  • God Is My Strong Salvation (HPSC #165, ICEL #208, CH #646, HH #302)
  • Godhead Here in Hiding [Adoro te devote] (AH #511, CH #368, HPSC #164, ICEL #138, WIII #489, CHB #117, LCH #103)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy (WIII #485, ICEL #94, HPSC #185, CBW #634, CH #306, AH #460, CHB #96, SMH #343, EH #266, VII #209, LCH #126)
  • How Light the Bread of Angels from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • [Humbly We Adore Thee] (PMB #675, CBW #587, CH #369, SMH #352, EH #204)
  • O Bread of Life (PMB #664)
  • O Food of Exiles Lowly (WIII #729, CH #380, SMH #442, VII #284)
  • O Lord Jesus, I Adore Thee (AH #513)
  • O salutaris Hostia (AH #519, WIII #757, CH #362, PMB #677, ICEL #148, SMH #466/7, LCH #163/4/5)
  • O Source of Life Divine (CD #888)
  • Panis angelicus (AH #523, CH #363, SMH #490, VII #309, LCH #116/7)
  • See Us, Lord, about Your Altar (PMB #666, CH #392, CBW #565, SMH #518)
  • The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns (WIII #464, ICEL #105, HH #303, CH #516, CHB #90, SMH #561, EH #106, VII #253)
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.
LCH = Lumen Christi Hymnal, Illuminare Publications
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

Organ Music

  • Adagio cantabile (Giuseppe Tartini)
  • Adoro te devote (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-Six Miniatures]
  • Agincourt Hymn (John Dunstable)
  • Ave verum from Two Chant Meditations (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Break Thou the Bread of Life (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, October 1980]
  • Chorale Prelude on Holy, Holy, Holy (Beatrice Miller) [Organist's Companion, May 1993]
  • Christus der ist mein Leben (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Duet and Trio on Hyfrydol [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Echo Fantasia (Jan Pietersoon Sweelinck)
  • Hambleton Suite (Tim Knight)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy (Hugh Livingston) [Organist, May 1981]
  • Humbly I Adore Thee (Myron Casner) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Hyfrydol (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, November 1999]
  • Hymn Prelude on Nicæa (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Hymn Preludes for Ascension & Pentecost - Flammer]
  • Improvistation / Elevation from Suite medievale (Jean Langlais)
  • Jam lucis orto sidere from Three Preludes on Chant Hymns (Mark Siebert)
  • Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus (Theodore Beck)
  • Meditation on Adoro te devote (Jack Goode) [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • O Bread of Life from Heaven (Jan Bender) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • O Saving Victim (Robert Hebble) [For the Masses - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Pange lingua (Nicolas deGrigny) [Anthologia pro organo IV - Schott Frères]
  • Partita on Adoro te devote (Anthony Giamanco) [Organist's Companion, May & September 2000]
  • Partita on Nicæa (Charles Callahan) [Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Partita on Nicæa (Kathleen Scheide) [Organist's Companion, May 1996]
  • Prelude in F Major (Carl Nielson)
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Iteke Prins) [Organist's Companion, March 2002]
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes - Galaxy Music Corp]
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes, Set I - Peters 6011]
  • Prelude on Pange lingua (Donna N. Robertson)
  • Recessional (Charles Talmidge) [J. Fischer]
  • Sonata in g minor (Don Ignazio Cirri)
  • Thee We Adore (Daniel Burton) [Organist's Companion, March 1999]
  • Thee We Adore, O Savior (G. Winston Cassler) [This Is the Victory - Augsburg 11-9497]
  • Thee We Adore, O Savior (Healey Willan) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • Toccata and Variation on Hyfrydol (Gordon Young) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • Toccata on Duke Street (Gilbert Martin)
  • Variations on Adoro te devote (Dale Wood) [Music for Organ - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Variations on Nicæa (Robin Rokey) [Organist's Companion, May 1999]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

During Ordinary Time in Year B we will highlight passages from the new General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM) that pertain to music during the liturgy. The GIRM contains rubrics and instructions (some of them new) for the celebration of the Mass. The first section below is a direct quote from the English translation of the document. The second section is a commentary on the passage.

Structure, Elements and Parts of the Mass: Fraction of the Bread (GIRM #83)

… The supplication Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) is usually sung by the choir or cantor with the congregation replying; or at least recited aloud. This invocation accompanies the fraction of the bread and, for this reason, may be repeated as many times as necessary until the rite has been completed. The final time it concludes with the words grant us peace.

Commentary: What is clear is that a musical setting of the Agnus Dei accompanies the action of the breaking of the bread. The music should continue as long as the action. What is not entirely clear is how this is to happen.

The GIRM text notes that the invocations may be repeated as long as necessary, ending with: Grant us peace — absolutely no mention is made of added tropes. Herein lies a controversy. An old document of the U.S. bishops, Liturgical Music Today (1982), suggested that in large liturgies, when the Fraction Rite would take considerable time, "one should not hesitate to add tropes to the litany" [#20]. This document has been replaced by Sing to the Lord (2007), which likewise states, "When the Agnus Dei is sung repeatedly as a litany, Christological invocations with other texts may be used" [#188].

The situation is this: The GIRM is an official document from the Vatican, binding on everyone involved in liturgy, bishops included. The document, Sing to the Lord, is a set of guidelines issued by the U.S. bishops, and is not rubrically binding on the liturgy, even within the U.S. Further, I'm not sure where the bishops found the authority to alter liturgical texts, something strictly forbidden by Vatican documents ["The reprobated practice by which Priests, Deacons or the faithful here and there alter or vary at will the texts of the Sacred Liturgy that they are charged to pronounce, must cease" Redemptionis sacramentum #59].

I would suggest that we sing the Agnus Dei as written in its three-part form. If large liturgies require extra time, the choir can sing an extension, perhaps a Renaissance setting of the Agnus Dei.

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