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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Iustus es Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.332]
    2. Iustus es Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.542]
    3. Justus es Domine (Robert White)
    4. Righteous, O Lord, Art Thou (Antonio Vivaldi) [Elkan-Vogel]
    5. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. You are righteous, O Lord [Simple English Propers, p.292 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. Lord, you are just [Simple Choral Gradual, p.217 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. O Lord, My Good and Gracioius God [tune: Old Hundredth] from Introit Hymns 60 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. (A/B) Beata gens [Graduale Romanum, p.333]
    2. (A/B) Beata gens [Gregorian Missal, p.543]
    3. Blessed Is the Nation (John Stainer)
    4. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Domine, exaudi orationem [Graduale Romanum, p.334]
    2. Domine, exaudi orationem [Gregorian Missal, p.544]
    3. Domine, exaudi orationem (Antonio Cebrián, Anton Diabelli, Giovanni Gabrieli, Matthäus Nagiller)
    4. Domine, exaudi orationem (Orlando di Lasso) [G. Schirmer]
    5. Hear My Prayer, O Lord (Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke, Thomas Tomkins)
    6. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Oravi Deum meum [Graduale Romanum, p.334]
    2. Oravi Deum meum [Gregorian Missal, p.545]
    3. Oravi ad Dominum (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. I prayed to my God [Simple English Propers, p.293 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. I, Daniel, pleaded with the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.218 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Communion:
    1. Vovete, et reddite [Graduale Romanum, p.335]
    2. Vovete, et reddite [Gregorian Missal, p.546]
    3. Sicut cervus desiderat (G.P. da Palestrina)
    4. As the Deer for Water Longs (Handel/Hopson) [Agape]
    5. As the Hart Panteth (Benedetto Marcello) [H.W. Gray]
    6. Vovete, et reddite [Communio, p.298 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    8. Make vows unto the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.294 (Adam Bartlett)]
    9. Make vows to the Lord [Choral Communio, p.163 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    10. Like a deer that longs [Simple Choral Gradual, p.219 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    11. I am the light of the world [Simple Choral Gradual, p.220 (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

Hymns

  • A Mighty Fortress (WIII #575, HPSC #100, CBW #641, PMB #145, EH #551)
  • All My Hope on God Is Founded (CD #923, CHB #200, CBW #667)
  • Fight the Good Fight (ICEL #187, EH #560)
  • God Is My Strong Salvation (HPSC #165, ICEL #208, CH #646, HH #302)
  • God Is Our Fortress and Our Rock (WIII #575)
  • Hope of the World (WIII #565)
  • I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord (WIII #726, CBW #578)
  • I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (WIII #607, HPSC #192, ICEL #157, CH #453, AH #579, SMH #355, EH #424)
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives (WIII #445, ICEL #160, PMB #744, CBW #56, CH #293, SMH #356)
  • In Heavenly Love Abiding (ICEL #210, EH #431)
  • Lord of All Hopefulness (WIII #568, CH #524, HH #226, CHB #239, SMH #406, EH #363)
  • Now Thank We All Our God (CBW #674, PMB #30, WIII #560, ICEL #235, HPSC #231, CBW #674, PMB #130, AH #607, CH #570, CHB #246, SMH #428, EH #276)
  • 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 Son of God, in Galilee (WIII #748, CH #408)
  • Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord (HPSC #311, CD #846, CBW #638, CHB #264, WIII #534)
  • Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided (CD #924, CHB #188)
  • We Gather Together (PMB #234, WIII #760, HPSC #344, CH #558, SMH #596, EH #315)
  • We Praise You, Father (WIII #680, HH #260, AH #620, CH #440, SMH #597)
  • When the King Shall Come Again (WIII #355)
  • Word of God, Come Down on Earth (CBW #559, WIII #513, HPSC #355, PMB #105, CH #654)
  • Your Hands, O Lord, in Days of Old (WIII #750)
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

Organ Music

  • A Mighty Fortress (Murray Bradshaw) [Organist's Companion, September 1991]
  • A Mighty Fortress (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Autumn Festivals - Concordia 97-5360]
  • A Mighty Fortress (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Reformation Hymns - Morning Star Music Publ 10-803]
  • A Mighty Fortress (David Polley) [Organist's Companion, September 1990]
  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Samuel Scheidt) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, October 1980]
  • Ach bleib mit deiner Gnade (Max Reger) [Thirty Short Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Butresses from Gothic Suite (Gordon Young)
  • Chorale Prelude on Duke Street (Robert J. Powell) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • Christus, der ist mein Leben (J.S. Bach) [Neumeister Collection - Yale University Press]
  • Christus, der ist mein Leben (F.W. Marpurg) [Twenty-one Chorale Preludes - Augsburg] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Christus, der ist mein Leben (Johann Pachelbel) [Collected Works IV - Kalmus 3763] [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Christus, der ist mein Leben (J.G. Walther) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Duke Street (Mark Albrecht) [Organist's Companion, March 2002 - McAfee Music Corp]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VI - Peters 245]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (Jan Bender) [Organist's Companion, October 1984]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, October 1986] [Organist's Companion, October 1986]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (C.F. Engelbrecht) [Organist's Companion, September 2001]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (J.N. Hanff) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A.F. Hesse) [Organist's Companion, October 1988]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (G.F. Kauffmann) [Organist's Companion, September 1997]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (J.C. Kittel) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (Carl Kuntze) [Organist's Companion, September 1989]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott(F.W. Marpurg) [Twenty-one Chorale Preludes - Augsburg] [Organist's Companion, September 1992]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (Johann Pachelbel) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (Michael Praetorius) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (J.C.H. Rinck) [Organist's Companion, October 1985 & September 1996]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (Wilhelm Rudnick) [Organist's Companion, October 1987]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, October 1982]
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (J.G. Walther) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Seasonal Chorale Preludes for Manuals, Bk 2 - Oxford] [Organist's Companion, September 1993 & 1995]
  • Fantasia in a minor (J.S. Bach)
  • Fantasie über Ein feste Burg (John Knowles Paine) [Collected Works - McAfee Music]
  • Festival Prelude on Ein feste Burg (William Faulkes) [Novello]
  • God of Grace (Paul Manz)
  • God the Father, Be Our Stay (Paul Manz)
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Hugo Gehrke) [Parish Organist, Part 10: Funeral Music - Concordia]
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 3 - Concordia 97-5702]
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Richard Wienhorst) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • In Heavenly Love Abiding (G. Winston Cassler) [Organist's Companion, October 1983]
  • Kremser (George Lachenauer) [Organist's Companion, September 1998]
  • Liebster Jesu (George Lachenauer) [Organist's Companion, May 1996]
  • Liebster Jesu (David Polley) [Organist's Companion, June 1985]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Carl Kuntze) [Organist's Companion, January 1998]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (J.C.H. Rinck) [Organist's Companion, October 1984]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Randall Thompson) [24 Chorale Preludes, 4 Inventions & a Fugue - E.C. Schirmer]
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (J.G. Walther) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, May 1990]
  • Lord of All Hopefulness (Ronald Arnatt) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Méditation (Gabriel Dupont)
  • Meditation on Ein feste Burg (Jean Drahmann) [Organist's Companion, September 1998]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Jan Bender) [Parish Organist, Part 9: Wedding Music - Concordia]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Autumn Festivals - Concordia 97-5360]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Paul Manz) [Five Hymn Improvisations for Wedding or General Use - Morning Star Music Publ 10-850]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Hymns of Praise - Morning Star Music Publ 10-750]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Piet Post) [Triptych for Organ - Augsburg]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (David Schack) [Nine Chorale Preludes - Concordia 97-5045]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.S. Bach) from Cantata No.79 [Mercury Music W-142; H.W. Gray Publ - St.Cec.No.868]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Joyce Jones Christmas Album]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, September 1995]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Sigfrid Karg-Elert) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (G.F. Kaufmann) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.C. Kellner) [Organist's Companion, September 1994]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (M.F.A. Koehler) [Organist's Companion, October 1986]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Michael Krentz) [Organist's Companion, September 1991]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Selmar Müller) [Organist's Companion, October 1983]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.C. Oley) [Seasonal Chorale Preludes for Manuals, Bk 2 - Oxford]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Max Reger) [Thirty Short Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.E. Rembt) [Organist's Companion, September 1989]
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Heinrich Fleischer) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • O Saving Victim (Robert Hebble) [For the Masses - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (George T. Miles) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Partita on Duke Street (Donald Rotermund) [Concordia]
  • Partita on Saint Anne (Paul Manz) [Concordia 97-5307]
  • Paspied on Kremser (Bill Cain) [Organist's Companion, September 2000]
  • Pastorale (Domenico Zipoli)
  • Postlude on Kremser (Dennis Johnson) [Organist's Companion, September 1991]
  • Prelude and Chorale: Now Thank We All Our God (G.F. Kauffmann) [Consoliere IV-4 - World Library Publ]
  • Prelude and Chorale on Duke Street (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, April 1980]
  • Prelude in the Viennese Classical Style on Mozart (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, September 2000]
  • Prelude on Saint Anne (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • Prelude on Slane (Gerre Hancock) [AGO 90th Anniversary Anthology of American Organ Music - Oxford]
  • Ricercare nel duodecimo tono (Andrea Gabrieli)
  • Slane: A Partita for Organ (Robert W. Jones) [Organist's Companion, January 1995]
  • Suite du deuxieme ton (L.N. Clerambault)
  • Suite for Worship on Slane (Kevin Norris) [Organist's Companion, October 1981]
  • Suite for Worship on Truro and Duke Street (G.W. Cassler) [Organist's Companion, April 1985]
  • The Kingsfold Trumpet (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, August 1987]
  • Three Variations on Kremser (Michael Sullivan) [Organist's Companion, October 1985]
  • Toccata on Duke Street (Gilbert Martin) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Toccata on Saint Anne (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Toccata-Chorale on Slane (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, February 1986]
  • Toccata-Prelude on Saint Anne; (Garth Edmundson) [J. Fischer & Bros]
  • Variations on Duke Street (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, March 1996]
  • Variations on Land of Rest (John Ogasapian) [Organist's Companion, May 1990]
  • Variations on Liebster Jesu (J.C.H. Rinck)
  • Variations on Saint Anne (James Konkel) [Organist's Companion, January 2001]
  • Variations on Slane (Robin Rokey) [Organist's Companion, January 2000]
  • Variations on Slane for Violin & Organ (Jan Bender)
  • Verso spirituali (Antonio Valente)
  • Voluntary on Ein feste Burg (Gordon Young)
  • Voluntary on Kremser (Gordon Young)
  • We Gather Together (Murray Bradshaw) [Organist's Companion, September 1992]
  • We Gather Together (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Autumn Festivals - Concordia 97-5360]
  • We Gather Together (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, September 1999]
  • We Gather Together (Robin Rokey) [Organist's Companion, September 2001]
  • We Gather Together (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, October 1984]

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.

Particular Ministries (GIRM #103)

Among the faithful, the schola cantorum or choir exercises its own liturgical function, its place being to take care that the parts proper to it, in keeping with the different genres of chant, are properly carried out and to foster the active participation of the fiathful by means of singing. What is said about the schola cantorum [choir] also applies with due regard for the relevant norms, to other musicians, and especially the organist.

Commentary: The choir has a definite purpose at liturgy. Try not to approach the choir's role from a non-liturgical Protestant model wherein the choir offers "an anthem" at a particular point in the service. Rather, the documents primarily envision the choir evolving out of a Roman model, wherein a schola (a group of singers, often in unison) offered various chants of the Mass proper (Introit, Gradual, Offertory, Communion, etc.). Ideally, in addition to singing an anthem alone, the choir should alternate with the congregation in the Proper of the Mass and may even (particularly in the instances above) legitimately sing them in place of the congregation.

There are liturgists and musicians, taking as their reference the first half of #103, who posit that there are two categories of music for Mass, that correctly sung by the schola (choir) and that sung by the congregation. The first category (choir music) includes:

  1. Entrance Chant (Introit)
  2. Graduale (Psalm between the Readings
  3. Alleluia [or Tract]
  4. Offertory
  5. Communion

The second category (music for the congregation) includes:

  1. Kyrie
  2. Gloria
  3. Credo
  4. Sanctus
  5. Mystery of Faith
  6. Amen
  7. Agnus Dei

Any of these could be sung in English or in Latin.

While this seems, from our current "American" perspective to be rather radical, it has solid liturgical precedent. Look, for example, at what's contained in the official "choir book" of the Church, the [Graduale Romanum]: Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion.

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