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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • Eternal Father, Strong to Save (CH #601, CHB #213, SMH #292, EH #512)
  • God Has Spoken By His Prophets (WIII #516, CH #652)
  • God Is Our Fortress and Our Rock (WIII #575)
  • God Whose Giving Knows No Ending (CD #873, WIII #631)
  • I Sought the Lord (WIII #593)
  • Jesus, Lead the Way (WIII #611, EH #425)
  • Lord of All Hopefulness (WIII #568, CH #524, HH #226, CHB #239, SMH #406, EH #363)
  • Now Let Us from This Table Rise (WIII #625, PMB #146)
  • Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow (ICEL #166, CBW #622, AH #521, PMB #206, EH #139)
  • Thanks Be to You, O God (PMB #141)
  • The Kingdom of God (WIII #615, CH #550)
  • The Living God My Shepherd Is (WIII #612, CD #831, CBW #690)
  • The Works of the Lord Are Created in Wisdom (WIII #504)
  • We Believe in One True God (ICEL #97)
  • When Jesus Came Preaching the Kingdom of God (WIII #614, CH #647)
  • Where Temple Offerings Are Made (WIII #622)
  • Ye Sons of Men (CD #802)
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

  • All Thy Works Praise Thee (Lloyd Weber)
  • In Thee, O Lord (F.J. Haydn) [Fox]
  • Jesus, Sun of Life (G.F. Handel)
  • The Lord's My Shepherd (Colin Brumby)
  • My Shepherd Is the Living Lord (Thomas Tomkins)
  • O Lord, Increase My Faith (Orlando Gibbons)
  • Psalm XXIII (John Wall Callcott, Franz Schubert)
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O God (Eugene Englert)
  • The Lord Himself, the Mighty Lord (Stephen Jarvis)
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd (Stephen DeCesare)
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd (Charles Villiers Stanford)

Organ Music

  • Be Thou My Vision (Paul Manz) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Cantilena (Josef Rheinberger)
  • Canzona francese (Andrea Cima)
  • Gott der Vater wohn uns bei (J.S. Bach)
  • O Gott du frommer Gott (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude on Brother James' Air (Searle Wright, Charles Ore, Harold Darke)
  • Prelude on Old Hundredth (Paul Manz, Jan Bender)
  • Prelude on Slane (Paul Manz, Charles Ore, Ronald Arnatt)
  • Sonata in c minor (Alexandre Guilmant)
  • The Beatitudes (Stephen McManus)
  • The Lord's My Shepherd (Charles Ore) from Eleven Compositions Set IV
  • Variations on Slane for violin and organ (Jan Bender)
  • Voluntary V (John Stanley)
  • Warum sollt ich mich denn grämen? (J.L. Krebs)

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 Arrangement of the Church (GIRM #313)

The organ and other lawfully approved musical instruments should be placed in a suitable place so that they can sustain the singing of both the choir and the people and be heard with ease by everybody if they are played alone. It is appropriate that before being put into liturgical use, the organ be blessed according to the rite described in the Roman Ritual.

In Advent the use of the organ and other musical instruments should be marked by a moderation suited to the character of this time of year, without expressing in anticipation the full joy of the Nativity of the Lord.

In Lent the playing of the organ and musical instruments is allowed only to support the singing. Exceptions, however, are Laetare Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent), Solemnities, and Feasts.

Commentary: This section brings together some clear rubrics from the Ceremonial of Bishops (1989). The two penitential (violet) seasons require special consideration for organ and other instrumental music. During Advent, the organ should be played as a solo instrument (preludes, offertories, communions, postludes) with moderation (volume, repertoire), so as not to overshadow Christmastide. During Lent, the organ should not be heard at all, except when used to accompany singing (choir, cantor, congregation) or on Laetare Sunday, when the extreme penitential mood is lightened, or on feasts and solemnities.

The rubric does not state this explicitly, but one might infer that during the festive seasons of Christmastide and Eastertide, one might play more robust and joyful organ music, to set these seasons apart from Ordinary Time. Remember, contours (highs and lows) is the goal for music during the liturgical year.

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