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The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Omnis terra adoret [Graduale Romanum, p.260]
    2. Omnis terra adoret [Gregorian Missal, p.431]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. Let all the earth worship you [Simple English Propers, p.178 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. May all the earth give you worship [Simple Choral Gradual, p.133 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. All the earth shall bow down before you [Lumen Christi Missal, p.936 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. All the earth shall bow down before you [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.43 / Mode 4 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    8. Let All the Earth Praise You, O Lord [tune: Duke Street] from Introit Hymns #36 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Misit Dominus [Graduale Romanum, p.261]
    2. Misit Dominus [Gregorian Missal, p.432]
    3. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. Chabanel Psalmody
    5. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Laudate Deum [Graduale Romanum, p.262]
    2. Laudate Deum [Gregorian Missal, p.433]
    3. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Iubilate Deo, universa terra [Graduale Romanum, p.227]
    2. Iubilate Deo, universa terra [Gregorian Missal, p.434]
    3. Iubilate Deo, universa terra (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. Shout joyfully to God [Simple English Propers, p.179 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Come and hear, all who fear God [Simple Choral Gradual, p.134 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Communion:
    1. (B) Dicit Andreas [Graduale Romanum, p.263]
    2. (B) Dicit Andreas [Gregorian Missal, p.435]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. (B) Dicit Andreas [Communio, p.47 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. (B) Andrew said to his brother [Simple English Propers, p.181 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. (B) Andrew said to his brother [Choral Communio, p.96 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. The Lord has prepared a feast [Simple Choral Gradual, p.135 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. We know and believe [Simple Choral Gradual, p.136 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. Choose one Communion Antiphon from any of those suggested in #158-186 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.949-956 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. (B) Andrew said to Simon [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    11. You have prepared a table [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.43 / Mode 4 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    12. We have come to know [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.44 / Mode 8 (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


  • A Hymn of Praise (PMB #228)
  • All Glory Be to God on High (CD #909, HPSC #104, WIII #527, SMH #199)
  • Be Thou My Vision (HPSC #121, HH #231, AH #623, CH #531, SMH #238, LCH #123)
  • Christ Be My Leader (HPSC #127)
  • Come, Follow Me (HPSC #134)
  • Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs (CHB #210, ICEL #222, CH #560, HH #288, CD #851, SMH #268)
  • Glory to God in the Highest (WIII #542)
  • Heavenly Hosts in Ceaseless Worship (WIII #522)
  • If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee (HPSC #191)
  • Jesus, Lead the Way (WIII #611, EH #425)
  • Let All the Earth Praise You, O Lord [tune: Duke Street] from Introit Hymns #36 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor (CD #893, CH #545, CHB #121, VII #301)
  • O Christ, the Great Foundation (WIII #618, CH #488)
  • O Holy City Seen of John (CD #920, CH #620, WIII #685, EH #494)
  • Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens, Adore Him (WIII #529, ICEL #243, HPSC #282, PMB #662, CBW #656, CH #573, CHB #259, LCH #83)
  • Praise to the Lord (WIII #547, ICEL #245, HPSC #284, CH #592, PMB #122, CBW #653, AH #612, CHB #110, SMH #498, EH #279, VII #205, LCH #79)
  • The Church's One Foundation (WIII #618, ICEL #202, HPSC #312, CBW #604, HH #282, AH #560, PMB #150, CH #489, CHB #187, SMH #552, EH #396, LCH #120)
  • The Lamb's High Banquet (ICEL #147, CBW #564, LCH #72)
  • Those Who Love and Those Who Labor (WIII #632, CH #481)
  • Ye Servants of God (CD #911, CH #519, HPSC #357)
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

  • Agnus Dei from Missa brevis in D (W.A. Mozart)
  • Agnus Dei (Byrd, di Lasso, G.P. da Palestrina, Viadana)
  • Behold the Lamb of God from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Jubilate Deo (Mezzogorri)
  • Let All the Lands with Shouts of Joy (William Knapp, Joseph Stephenson)
  • O salutaris hostia (César Franck, ed. and arr. Jon Naples)
  • Omnis terra adoret (Gregorian chant) proper Introit [Liber usualis p.484; Graduale simplex p.214]
  • Per signum crucis (Francisco Guerrero)
  • Prayer of the Venerable Bede (Richard Proulx)

Organ Music

  • All Glory Be to God on High (Paul Manz) [Morning Star Publications]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (Max Reger, J.S. Bach, Johann Pachelbel, G. Böhm, J. Walther, F.W. Zachau, A. Armsdorff, F. Marpurg, J.C.H. Rinck, A. Vetter, Charles Ore, Kirnberger)
  • Asperges me from Suite médiévale (Jean Langlais)
  • Campanile from Esquisses byzantines (Henri Mulet)
  • Christ der du bist der helle Tag (J.S. Bach)
  • Fugue V (Robert Schumann)
  • Hambleton Suite (Tim Knight)
  • Jam lucis orto sidere from Three Preludes on Chant Hymns (Mark Siebert)
  • Jesu, meine Freude (Johann Gottfried Walther)
  • Kommst du nun (J.S. Bach)
  • Lobe den Herren (Reger, Walther, Zipp)
  • Mit Fried' und Freud' ich far dahin (J.S. Bach)
  • Postlude in D (Healey Willan)
  • Praise to the Lord (Manz, Hampton, Freudenburg)
  • Prelude and Fugue in G (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Prelude on Aurelia (Charles Ore)
  • Processional (Martin Shaw)
  • The Church's One Foundation (Charles Ore)
  • Three Postludes on Hymn Tunes (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Variations on Austria (John Knowles Paine)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Ordinary Time begins on the day following the Baptism of the Lord (which generally takes the place of the First Sunday in Ordinary Time). This Sunday, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, recalls John the Baptist again, and in particular, his announcement of Jesus as the "Lamb of God." This title is filled with significance, from the Old Testament ritual of sacrificing the best lamb to the Lord, to the New Testament fulfillment in the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Explore this perspective with one or more settings of the "Agnus Dei."

During Ordinary Time in Year B we will highlight passages from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) that pertain to music during the liturgy. The GIRM contains rubrics and instructions 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 Structure of the Mass, Its Elements and Its Parts: The Prayers and Other Parts Pertaining to the Priest (GIRM #32)

The nature of the "presidential" parts requires that they be spoken in a loud and clear voice and that everyone listen to them attentively. Therefore, while the priest is pronouncing them, there should be no other prayers or singing, and the organ or other musical instruments should be silent.

Commentary: What a clear and compelling directive. All those 1980s Mass settings (even in revised versions) with lush keyboard and guitar harmonies under the Eucharistic Prayer and other priest's texts are now of questionable use. The presidential prayers (those prayed by the presiding priest or bishop) are definitely not to be accompanied. The official presidential prayers include the following:

Prayer over the Offerings
Eucharistic Prayer
Prayer after Communion

This principle of the primacy of the celebrant's voice might also be extended to other texts, like these below, which may certainly be sung, but should be "a cappella", that is, not accompanied.

Gospel proclamation
Preface Dialogue & Preface
Introduction to Lord's Prayer & Embolism
Sign of Peace
Invitation to Communon
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