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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Ne derelinquas me, Domine Deus meus [Graduale Romanum, p.360]
    2. Ne derelinquas me, Domine Deus meus [Gregorian Missal, p.581]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. (A/B) Abandon me not, O Lord my God [Simple English Propers, p.329 (Adam Bartlett)]
    5. Do not abandon me, Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.249 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Forsake me not, O Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.944 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. Forsake me not, O Lord [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.87 / Mode 7 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    8. Forsake me not, O Lord [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.697-699 / Ignatius Press]
    9. (A/B) Forsake Me Not, My Lord and God [tune: McKee] from Introit Hymns 69 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Suscepimus, Deus, misericordiam [Graduale Romanum, p.360]
    2. Suscepimus, Deus, misericordiam [Gregorian Missal, p.582]
    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. (A/B) Verbo Domini cæli [Graduale Romanum, p.361]
    2. (A/B) Verbo Domini cæli [Gregorian Missal, p.583]
    3. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Benedic anima mea Domino [Graduale Romanum, p.362]
    2. Benedic anima mea Domino [Gregorian Missal, p.584]
    3. Benedic, anima mea, Domino (Orlando di Lasso, Claudin de Sermisy)
    4. Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Edward John Hopkins, Mikail Ippolitov-Ivanov)
    5. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. Bless the Lord, O my soul [Simple English Propers, p.331 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. My soul, give thanks to the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.250 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Choose one Offertory Antiphon from any of those suggested in #144-157 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.945-949 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. Bless the Lord, O my soul [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.700-702 / Ignatius Press]
  • Communion:
    1. Notas mihi fecisti vias vitæ [Graduale Romanum, p.362]
    2. Notas mihi fecisti vias vitæ [Gregorian Missal, p.585]
    3. Notas mihi fecisti vias vitæ [Communio, p.166 (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. You have made known unto me [Simple English Propers, p.332 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. You have made known unto me [Choral Communio, p.180 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. Lord, you will show me the path of life [Simple Choral Gradual, p.251 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. As the living Father sent me [Simple Choral Gradual, p.252 (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. You will show me the path to life [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    11. Communion Psalms for the Liturgical Seasons (Gary Penkala) [see refrain for Lent]
    12. You will show me the path to life [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.87 / Mode 7 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    13. Just as the living Father sent me [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.88 / Mode 7 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    14. You will show me the path to life [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.703-705 / Ignatius Press]
  • 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

  • As a Chalice Cast of Gold (CH #443)
  • Beloved, Let Us Love (WIII #601)
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (CH #581, HPSC #203, WIII #525, SMH #386, EH #281, VII #224, LCH #82)
  • Love Consecrated the Humblest Act (PMB #144)
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (ICEL #152, WIII #588, AH #470, CH #454, CHB #242, SMH #409, EH #479, VII #276, LCH #93)
  • Not for Tongues of Heaven's Angels (WIII #589, SMH #427)
  • O Jesus, King Most Wonderful (CH #534, SMH #451, VII #290)
  • Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (WIII #528, ICEL #246, HPSC #301, HH #203, SMH #527, VII #219)
  • The Stars Declare His Glory (WIII #506)
  • This Is My Commandment (WIII #603, CH #473)
  • Those Who Love and Those Who Labor (CH #481, WIII #632)
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

  • Complete Thy Work, O Lord (Calvert Shenk)
  • Exaudi Domine (G.P. Cima)
  • For Love of Us (Lisa Stafford/Stephen McManus)
  • I Have Set God Alway before Me (John Goldwin)
  • I Set the Lord Still in My Sight (John Arnold)
  • I Strive Each Action to Approve (Charles William Hempel)
  • Let All the Just to God with Joy (Hugh Bond)
  • Misericordia Domini (G.O. Pitoni)
  • O Lord, How Manifold Are Thy Works (Joseph Barnby)
  • Rejoice in the Lord, O Ye Righteous (John Wainwright)
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O God (Eugene Englert)
  • This Is My Command to You / canon [PMB #729]
  • Ubi caritas (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 3 [or Liber usualis p.664, WIII #598, AH #390, ICEL #60]
  • Ubi caritas Maurice Duruflé)
  • You Shall Love the Lord Your God (Eugene Englert) [World Library Publications]

Organ Music

  • Cantabile (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • Chorale Prelude on Mit freuden zart (William J. Ross) [Organist's Companion, April 1988]
  • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Burton Isaac)
  • Concerto for Organ and Strings (Michael Starke)
  • Duet and Trio on Hyfrydol [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Fugue II (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Hyfrydol (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, November 1999]
  • Hymn to Joy (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Intonation and Canzona in d minor (Michael Starke)
  • Introduction and Processional for the Wedding Day (Gilbert Martin) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Lord of Glory, Who Hast Brought Us (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Great Hymns of Faith - Morning Star Music Publ 10-839]
  • Lord of Glory, Who Hast Brought Us (David Schack) [Nine Chorale Preludes - Concordia 97-5045]
  • Partita on Hymn to Joy (Charles Callahan) [Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Partita on Mit freuden zart (Gerhard Krapf) [Concordia 97-4689]
  • Postlude on Hymn to Joy (Gordon Young) [Seven Chorale Preludes]
  • Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Major (J.S. Bach)
  • 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 Hymn to Joy (Michael Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Prelude on Mit freuden zart (William Ross, Charles Ore)
  • Processional on Hymn to Joy (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, August 1986]
  • Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (David Brensinger) [Organist's Companion, March 1995]
  • Toccata and Variation on Hyfrydol (Gordon Young) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • Tuba Tune in D Major (C.S Lang)
  • Variations on a Theme by Beethoven (Joseph Lowe) [Organist's Companion, June 1985]
  • With High Delight (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 2 - Concordia 97-5385]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

During Ordinary Time in Year B we will highlight passages from the 2010 General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM) that pertain to music during the liturgy. The GIRM contains rubrics and instructions (some of them surprising) for the celebration of the Mass. The first section below is a direct quote from the document. The second section is a commentary on the passage.

The Arrangement and Ornamentation of the Church for the Celebration of the Eucharist (GIRM #294, 312)

The faithful and the schola cantorum (choir) shall have a place that facilitates their active participation.

The schola cantorum (choir) should be so positioned with respect to the arrangement of each church that its nature may be clearly evident, namely, as part of the assembled community of the faithful undertaking a specific function. The positioning should also help the choir to exercise this function more easily and allow each choir member full sacramental participation in the Mass in a convenient manner.

Commentary: There is a certain tension here. The choir is a part of the assembly — must it sit with the assembly? The choir's position should assist the exercise of its duties — must it be in a loft? In a standard rectangular church with a loft, the choir does best musically to sing from there. I've seen contemporary churches with the choir at the front facing the same way as the congregation — this may be highly symbolic, but it devastates the practical functioning of the choir.

I think the choir is not meant so much to be a visual symbol as it is to be an aural symbol. Placement should maximize that principle. Use lofts, if you have them. If not, be sure the choir can function musically from its position. Too much late-twentieth-century church architecture overemphasized the choir's visual "solidarity" with the congregation, leaving the group musically handicapped.

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