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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death (WIII #586)
  • By All Your Saints Still Striving (WIII #706, HH #284, SMH #247)
  • Come, Let Us to the Lord Our God (ICEL #39, CH #243)
  • Father of Heaven, Whose Love Profound (ICEL #41, HH #80, CHB #215, CH #483)
  • Forgive Our Sins (WIII #754, CBW #684)
  • Have Mercy, Lord, on Us (ICEL #44, WIII #753, PMB #196, HH #82, CH #250, SMH #339)
  • How Beautiful the Morning and the Day (WIII #672)
  • How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds (ICEL #156, WIII #610, CHB #223, EH #455)
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (CH #581, HPSC #203, WIII #525, SMH #386, EH #281)
  • Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (WIII #528, ICEL #246, HPSC #301, HH #203, SMH #527)
  • The Kingdom of God (WIII #615, CH #550)
  • The Lord Observed Two Fishermen [tune: McKee] from Introit Hymns #37 (Christoph Tietze)
  • To You I Lift My Soul (HPSC #337)
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

  • Blessed Are the Pure of Heart (Voullaire)
  • Call to Remembrance (Farrant)
  • Cantate Domino (Giovanni Croce)
  • Dominus regnavit (Josquin des Prez)
  • God of Mercy (Monteverdi/Hopson)
  • Estote fortes (Luca Marenzio/ed. Angelini)
  • How Lovely Are the Messengers from Saint Paul (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • I Lift up My Soul (Eugene Englert) [Augsburg]
  • In Thee Is Gladness (Gastoldi)
  • Kyrie eleison from Lord Nelson Mass (F.J. Haydn)
  • Laudate Dominum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
  • Laudate pueri Dominum (G.S. Geiger)
  • Lord, Thy Servants Praise Thee (W.A. Mozart)
  • Prayer of Saint Richard (Alan Smith)
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O Lord (Eugene Englert)
  • Simon, Son of John (Michael Starke)
  • The Glory of the Father (Egil Hovland)
  • The Lord Is My Strength and My Song (Charles H. Giffen)

Organ Music

  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (Robert J. Powell, G. Winston Cassler, David Schack)
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (Marcel Dupré)
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (John Hebden Schaffner)
  • Dialogue sur les grands jeux (François Couperin)
  • Elevation II (Marcel Dupré)
  • Fantasia con imitazione (J.S. Bach)
  • Fantasia super: Valet will ich dir geben (J.S. Bach)
  • Introduction and Toccata in G (William Walond)
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sing hier (J.G. Walther)
  • Lydian Prelude (Flor Peeters)
  • Psalm XIX (Benedetto Marcello)
  • Prelude and Fugue in e (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude on Mit freuden zart (William Ross, Charles Ore)
  • Trio in G (W.A. Mozart)
  • Valet will ich dir geben (J.S. Bach)
  • Valet will ich dir geben (J.S. Bach) arr. from Christus der ist mein Leben
  • Valet will ich dir geben (G.F. Kaufmann) from Eighty Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • Valet will ich dir geben (Max Reger) from 30 Kleine Choralvorspiele [C.F. Peters #3980]
  • Variations on Southwell (Alfred Fedak)
  • Vitrail – Stained Glass Window (Henri Mulet)
  • Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (J.S. Bach)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The forgiveness of God is a prominent theme in today's liturgy. The music can highlight this: sing the Lord's Prayer with its plea, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." By far the best choice of music to convey this text is the universally familiar chant-like setting attributed to Snow. Other more contemporary settings pale in comparison (like a limp Impatiens and a mighty Oak).

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.

Structure, Elements and Parts of the Mass: Importance of Singing (GIRM #39)

The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord's coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (see Colossians 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart's joy (see Acts 2:46). Thus Saint Augustine says rightly: "Singing is for one who loves," and there is also an ancient proverb: "Whoever sings well prays twice over."

Commentary: The Church here reiterates her ancient tenet on the importance of sung prayer. We as Catholics, must come to understand the significance of liturgical song in our worship: just as we comfortably share a pew with our neighbors, so too must we be willing to share a song with them. Those who abstain from singing, for whatever imagined reason, do not only themselves a disservice, but also fragment and weaken the Body of Christ present in the Church to both adore and receive the Lord in the Eucharist.

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