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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Respice, Domine, in testamentum tuum [Graduale Romanum, p.319]
    2. Respice, Domine, in testamentum tuum [Gregorian Missal, p.522]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. Remember, O Lord, your covenant [Simple English Propers, p.272 (Adam Bartlett)]
    5. Lord, be true to your covenant [Simple Choral Gradual, p.201 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Remember, Lord, Your Covenant [tune: Repton] from Introit Hymns 56 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. (B) Respice, Domine, in testamentum tuum [Graduale Romanum, p.320]
    2. (B) Respice, Domine, in testamentum tuum [Gregorian Missal, p.523]
    3. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. Chabanel Psalmody
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Domine, refugium factus es nobis [Graduale Romanum, p.321]
    2. Domine, refugium factus es nobis [Gregorian Missal, p.524]
    3. Domine refugium (Adam Gumpelzhaimer)
    4. Herr, du bist unsre Zuflucht (Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck)
    5. O Domine, quia refugium (François Couperin)
    6. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. In te speravi, Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.322]
    2. In te speravi, Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.525]
    3. In te speravi (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    4. In te speravi (Jef Tinel)
    5. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. In you have I put my trust, O Lord [Simple English Propers, p.273 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. As for me, I trust in you, Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.202 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Communion:
    1. (A/B) Panis, quem ego dedero [Graduale Romanum, p.322]
    2. (A/B) Panis, quem ego dedero [Gregorian Missal, p.526]
    3. (A/B) Panis, quem ego dedero [Communio, p.181 (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. (A/B) The bread which I will give [Simple English Propers, p.274 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. The bread which I will give [Choral Communio, p.152 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem [Simple Choral Gradual, p.203 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. The bread I shall give [Simple Choral Gradual, p.204 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • 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 Creatures of Our God and King (WIII #520, HPSC #103, CBW #620, PMB #120, HH #186, AH #600, CH #555, CHB #198, SMH #198)
  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (HPSC #112, ICEL #130, WIII #737, CBW #536, AH #601, PMB #663, CH #504, CHB #112, SMH #213, EH #347)
  • Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life (WIII #569, CD #899, CH #532, SMH #270)
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (AH #481, CBW #549, CH #525, HPSC #145, ICEL #106, PMB #96, WIII #496, CHB #141, SMH #272, EH #352)
  • Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted (WIII #558, HPSC #156, CH #374, PMB #121, CBW #676, AH #515, CHB #116, SMH #295, EH #195)
  • Gift of Finest Wheat (WIII #736, HPSC #360, PMB #665, CBW #570, CH #389, SMH #302)
  • God Merciful and Righteous Is (ICEL #190)
  • Great God of Mercy (WIII #746)
  • How Light the Bread of Angels from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Humbly We Adore Thee [Adoro te devote] (PMB #675, CBW #587, CH #369, SMH #352, EH #204)
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (AH #605, CBW #571, CH #377, HPSC #209, ICEL #137, PMB #657, WIII #523, CHB #120, SMH #394, EH #197)
  • 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)
  • O King of Might and Splendor (PMB #586, CHB #109, CH #383)
  • O Merciful Redeemer (CH #539, CBW #484)
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, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Anima Christi (Calvert Shenk)
  • Aquinas: Two Eucharistic Texts (Colin Brumby)
  • Ave verum corpus (W.A. Mozart, William Byrd)
  • Be Ye Followers of God (Leo Sowerby) [H.W. Gray]
  • Behold, Now Praise the Lord (Robert Powell)
  • Christ the Glory (J.F. Lallouette) [GIA Publications]
  • Ego sum panis (Byrd, Palestrina)
  • Grieve Not the Holy Spirit (John Stainer) [Novello]
  • Jesu dulcis: The Taste of Goodness (Robert Kreutz) [GIA Publications]
  • Gustate et videte (Heinrich Isaac) [Chester]
  • Gustate et videte (Giovanni Matteo Asola, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Orlando di Lasso)
  • O quam suavis est (Calvert Shenk)
  • O sacrum convivium (Eugene Englert)
  • O sacrum convivium (Michael Lawrence)
  • O Taste and See (R. Evan Copley) [Augsburg]
  • O Taste and See (John Goss) [Novello]
  • O Taste and See (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Oxford]
  • Soul of Christ, Sanctify Me (Alan Smith)
  • Tantum ergo Sacramentum (Christopher L. Bord)
  • Therefore We, before Him Bending (James C. Morrison)
  • Through all the changing scenes of life (Thomas Clark, Joseph Stephenson)
  • Two Settings of Tantum ergo (Rene Vierne & Wendelin Knauschner, ed. Andreas Willscher)

Organ Music

  • Adoration on a Traditional French Melody (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, February 1983]
  • Adoro te devote (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-Six Miniatures]
  • Ave verum (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-six Miniatures]
  • Ave verum (Michael Sullivan) [Organist's Companion, September 1996 - McAfee Music Corp]
  • Ave verum from Two Chant Meditations (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken (Michael Beyer) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Duet and Trio on Hyfrydol [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Elevation (François Couperin)
  • Eucharistica (Joseph J. McGrath)
  • Hail, True Body (Daniel Burton) [Organist's Companion, January 1999]
  • Humbly I Adore Thee (Myron Casner) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Hyfrydol (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, November 1999]
  • Improvistation / Elevation from Suite medievale (Jean Langlais)
  • Jesus, Priceless Treasure (F.W. Marpurg)
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Myron Cassner) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (John Diercks) [Six Sacred Compositions for Organ - Abingdon APM-255]
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Great Hymns of Faith - Morning Star Music Publ 10-839]
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Richard Warner) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • Meditation on Adoro te devote (Jack Goode) [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • Meditation on Picardy (Edward Beals) [Organist's Companion, January 1993]
  • O Bread of Life from Heaven (Jan Bender) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • Nun freut euch, lieben Christen G'mein (J.S. Bach)
  • Pange lingua (Jean Titelouze) [Anthologia pro organo I - Schott Frères] [Organist's Companion, September 1996]
  • Partita on Adoro te devote (Anthony Giamanco) [Organist's Companion, May & September 2000]
  • Poco vivace (Hermann Schroeder)
  • Prelude and Varied Harmonization on Picardy (Anthony Giamanco) [Organist's Companion, January 2001]
  • Prelude on Adoro te (Donna N. Robertson) [Seven Preludes for the Church Year]
  • Prelude on Crown Him with Many Crowns (Wilbur Held)
  • Prelude on Diademata (Donna N. Robertson) [Seven Preludes for the Church Year]
  • 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 Lasst uns erfreuen (Paul Manz)
  • Prelude on Pange lingua (Donna N. Robertson)
  • Prelude on Picardy (Donna N. Robertson) [Seven Preludes for the Church Year]
  • Prelude on Picardy (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Meditations on Communion Hymns - Flammer]
  • Prelude on Saint Peter (T. Tertius Noble)
  • Recessional (Charles Talmidge) [J. Fischer]
  • Rendez à Dieu (Robert J. Powell) [Eleven Chorale Preludes on Hymn Tunes - Flammer]
  • 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]
  • Trumpet Tune (G.P. Telemann)
  • Variants on Let All Mortal Flesh (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, October 1982]
  • Variations on Adoro te devote (Dale Wood) [Music for Organ - The Sacred Music Press]

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: Communion (GIRM #86)

While the Priest is receiving the Sacrament, the Communion Chant is begun, its purpose being to express the spiritual union of the communicants by means of the unity of their voices, to show gladness of heart, and to bring out more clearly the "communitarian" character of the procession to receive the Eucharist. The singing is prolonged for as long as the Sacrament is being administered to the faithful. But the communion song should be ended in good time whenever there is to be a hymn after communion.

Care must be taken that singers, too, can receive Communion with ease.

Commentary: Communion time is always very difficult to program musically. Ideally, an antiphon/verse-type song should begin as soon as the celebrant receives communion. It should continue during the procession of the faithful to receive communion. If there is a "hymn after communion" (itself an awkward piece), the processional music should be ended "in good time" so these two songs don't back one against the other. I can find no benefit in singing a Communion Hymn followed immediately by a "Meditation" Hymn. This is atypical of Roman liturgy, where two like things don't follow one another (think readings separated by music, Eucharistic Prayer differentiated by posture).

Unless one uses the antiphon/verse style, it is hard to start a congregational hymn at the beginning of communion — people are not focused on a hymnal or liturgy sheet. The difficulty found in trying to wedge a standard "hymn" structure into this moment is further evidence of Roman rite's wisdom in calling for the Communion Antiphon (as found in the Roman Missal or Graduale Romanum). All the more reason to look seriously at the Proper, the ultimate "Communion Chant."

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