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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • Before Thy Throne, O God, We Kneel (CH #600, EH #499)
  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (WIII #617, HPSC #128, ICEL #183, CBW #542, CH #485, AH #561, CHB #209, SMH #255, EH #384)
  • 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)
  • Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord (CD #181, WIII #732, ICEL #132, CH #378, EH #202)
  • Festival Canticle: Worthy Is Christ (CH #265, WIII #458)
  • Gift of Finest Wheat (WIII #736, HPSC #360, PMB #665, CBW #570, CH #389, SMH #302)
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (WIII #524, ICEL #134, HPSC #180, CBW #631, PMB #127, AH #461, CH #568, CHB #222, SMH #345, EH #273)
  • I Want to Walk As A Child of the Light (WIII #510)
  • Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (WIII #630, CH #606)
  • O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts (WIII #605, ICEL #139, HH #249, CH #510, SMH #450, EH #485)
  • O Lord, I Am Not Worthy (CD #894, AH #512, CH #376, SMH #458)
  • O Love, Who Drew from Jesus' Side (AH #562, CH #492)
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (WIII #530, HPSC #279, ICEL #242, CBW #650, PMB #123, AH #611, CHB #258, CH #513, SMH #495, EH #282)
  • Praise to the Lord (WIII #547, ICEL #245, HPSC #284, CH #592, PMB #122, CBW #653, AH #612, CHB #110, SMH #498, EH #279)
  • Sent Forth by God's Blessing (PMB #148, SMH #519)
  • The Church of Christ in Every Age (WIII #626, CH #613)
  • Those Who Love and Those Who Labor (WIII #632, CH #481)
  • What Wondrous Love Is This? (CD #822, WIII #600, HH #95, PMB #157, ICEL #164, CH #530, HH #95, SMH #607)
  • When Jesus Came Preaching the Kingdom of God (WIII #614, CH #647)
  • Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness (ICEL #247, HH #59)
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

  • Ah Holy Jesus (Stephen DeCesare)
  • Beati immaculati (Andrea Gabrieli)
  • Bone pastor, panis vere (Jonathan Kregor)
  • Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Fauré)
  • Cast Thy Burden from Elijah (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Ego sum pastor bonus (Thomas M. Kuras)
  • He That Shall Endure to the End from Elijah (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • In spiritu humilitatis (Calvert Shenk)
  • Like As a Father (Luigi Cherubini)
  • Non nobis Domine (William Byrd)
  • O Thou in Whose Presence My Soul Takes Delight (Maxcine Posegate)
  • Prayer of Saint Francis (Gary Penkala)
  • Save Me, O God (William Boyce, Henry Purcell)
  • Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts (Henry Purcell) [Novello]
  • With My Whole Heart, My God and King (Richard Garbett)

Organ Music

  • Ash Grove (G. Winston Cassler) [Organist's Companion, October 1980]
  • Ash Grove (Paul R. Otte) [Organist's Companion, October 1988]
  • Chorale Improvisation on Neumark (Paul Manz) [AGO 90th Anniversary Anthology of American Organ Music - Oxford]
  • Chorale Prelude on Diademata (James Pethel) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Chorale Prelude on Lobe den Herren (John Hebden Schaffner) [Organist's Companion, May 1999]
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns(Robert Crane) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Pentecost Season - Concordia 97-5517]
  • Fanfare on Lauda anima (Robert Hughes) [Organist, January 1982]
  • Grosser Gott wir loben dich (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Heinrich Fleischer) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Pentecost Season - Concordia 97-5517]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for Pentecost & Trinity Sunday - Morning Star Music Publ 10-500]
  • Hymn Prelude on Diademata (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Hymn Preludes for Ascension & Pentecost - Flammer]
  • Hymn Prelude on In Babilone (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Hymn Preludes for Ascension & Pentecost - Flammer]
  • Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Lobe den Herren (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Lobe den Herren (J.G. Walther) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co] [Anthologia pro organo IV - Schott Frères]
  • Partita on Jesus I Shall Ne'er Forsake (Johann Gottfried Walther)
  • Partita on Lobe den Herren (Don Freudenberg) [Organist's Companion, June 1986]
  • Postlude and Chorale on Grosser Gott (Michael Sullivan) [Organist's Companion, May 1991]
  • Postlude on In Babilone (Gordon Young) [Collage for Organ - Flammer HF-5011]
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (J.L. Adam) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Praise to the Lord (Calvin Hampton) [Organist's Companion, October 1986]
  • Praise to the Lord (Paul Manz) [Five Improvisations for Wedding and General Use - Morning Star Music Publ 10-850]
  • Praise to the Lord (Friederich Zipp) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Prelude on Diademata from Seven Preludes for the Church Year (Donna N. Robertson)
  • Prelude on Grosser Gott (Michael Sullivan)
  • Prelude on Samanthra from Three Hymn Preludes (Rev. Brian K. Muzas)
  • Prelude on Wareham (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes for Organ, Set II - Peters]
  • Prelude on Wondrous Love from Three Hymn Preludes (Rev. Brian K. Muzas)
  • Procession (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, August 1980]
  • Processional (Martin Shaw)
  • Reflection on Wer nur den lieben Gott (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, August 1987]
  • Ricercare (G.P. da Palestrina)
  • Rosace (Henri Mulet)
  • Sent Forth by God's Blessing (Paul Otte) [Organist's Companion, October 1987]
  • Toccata on Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Kevin Norris) [H.W. Gray]
  • Toccata on Lobe den Herren (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Variations on In Babilone (Raymond Haan) [Flammer]
  • Voluntary in A Major (William Selby)
  • Was Gott tut das ist wohlgetan (J.G. Walther)
  • Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein] [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
  • Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (Georg Böhm) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (Don Freudenburg) [Organist's Companion, July 1999]
  • Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (J.P. Kirnberger) [Organist's Companion, February 1985]
  • Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (J.L. Krebs) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (F.W. Marpurg) [Twenty-one Chorale Preludes - Augsburg]
  • Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (Max Reger) [Thirty Short Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (J.G. Walther) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]

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.

The Different Forms of Celebrating Mass (GIRM #142)

… If, however, there is no Offertory Chant and the organ is not played, in the presentation of the bread and wine the Priest may say the formulas of blessing aloud and the people acclaim, Blessed be God for ever.

Commentary: The prayers of offering, derived from ancient Hebrew texts and beautiful as they are, are meant as "private prayers" by the priest as he readies the gifts for the sacrifice. The preference is for music here — perhaps singing by the choir or soloist, or even organ or instrumental music. This is not a communal, "congregational" moment, hence a hymn by the people is not the best musical option here.

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