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The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Praise to the Lord (WIII #547, ICEL #245, HPSC #284, CH #592, PMB #122, CBW #653, AH #612, CHB #110, SMH #498, EH #279)
  • 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)
  • The Lamb's High Banquet (ICEL #147, CBW #564)
  • 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.
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
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)
  • 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 medievale (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)
  • 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)
  • 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.

Structure, Elements and Parts of the Mass (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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