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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Laetetur cor [Graduale Romanum, p.268]
    2. Laetetur cor [Gregorian Missal, p.442]
    3. Let the hearts of those who seek [Simple English Propers, p.191 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    4. Save us, Lord our God [Simple Choral Gradual, p.141 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. Let Searching Hearts Rejoice in God [tune: Old Hundredth] from Introit Hymns #39 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Quis sicut Dominus [Graduale Romanum, p.269]
    2. Quis sicut Dominus [Gregorian Missal, p.443]
    3. Quis sicut Dominus from Laudate pueri Dominum in D (George Frideric Handel)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Adorabo ad templum [Graduale Romanum, p.270]
    2. Adorabo ad templum [Gregorian Missal, p.444]
    3. Adorabo ad templum (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Offertory:
    1. Bonum est confiteri [Graduale Romanum, p.270]
    2. Bonum est confiteri [Gregorian Missal, p.445]
    3. Bonum est confiteri (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    4. It is good to give thanks unto the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.192 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. O Most High [Simple Choral Gradual, p.142 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. It Is A Good Thing to Give Thanks (James Kent)
  • Communion:
    1. (B/C) Illumina faciem tuam [Graduale Romanum, p.271]
    2. (B/C) Illumina faciem tuam [Gregorian Missal, p.445]
    3. (B/C) Illumina faciem tuam (Carlo Gesualdo)
    4. Let your face shine down [Simple English Propers, p.194 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. Let you face shine on your servant [Simple Choral Gradual, p.143 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Happy are the poor in spirit [Simple Choral Gradual, p.144 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • 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


  • Christ Is the World's Light (CBW #543, HPSC #130, WIII #543, CD #897, EH #258)
  • Christians, Lift Up Your Hearts (WIII #538)
  • Give Thanks to God for He Is Good (HPSC #162)
  • God Is My Great Desire (WIII #581, SMH #312)
  • God Whose Giving Knows No Ending (WIII #631, CD #873)
  • Hope of the World (WIII #565)
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God (WIII #502, ICEL #228, HPSC #197, AH #616, CH #565, SMH #359)
  • Let Searching Hearts Rejoice in God [tune: Old Hundredth] from Introit Hymns #39 (Christoph Tietze)
  • O Come, Let Us Sing to the Lord (ICEL #169)
  • Rejoice the Lord Is King (WIII #493, ICEL #108, HPSC #290, HH #181, CBW #645, CH #515, CHB #261, SMH #510, EH #350)
  • The Voice of God Goes Out through All the Earth (WIII #358, HPSC #336, CBW #639, HH #24)
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

  • But Thanks Be to God from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Confitebor tibi (Alois Bauer)
  • Exaudi Domine (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
  • From All That Dwell (Colin Brumby)
  • Great Thou Art (Robert Roesch)
  • Laudate, pueri Dominum / BuxWV 69 (Dietrich Buxtehude)
  • Laudate, pueri Dominum (Moritz Brosig, William Byrd, G.F. Handel, Claudio Monteverdi, W.A. Mozart, Michael Praetorius, Georg Valentin Röder, Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Baptist Schiedermayr, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • Laudate pueri Dominum (G.S. Geiger)
  • O Render Thanks and Bless the Lord (Thomas Clark)
  • O Splendor of God's Glory Bright (John Reese)
  • O Thou in Whose Presence (Maxcine Posegate)
  • Oravi ad Dominum (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
  • Psalm 95 (Heinrich Schütz)
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O God (Eugene Englert)
  • Verbum caro factum est (Hans Leo Hassler)
  • With My Whole Heart, My God and King (Richard Garbett)

Organ Music

  • Adagio for Strings (Samuel Barber)
  • Allegro from Suite gothique (Léon Boëllmann)
  • Andante in D (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Chaconne for Flute or Violin and Organ (André Campra, ed. Gary Penkala)
  • Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir (J.G. Walther)
  • Prelude and Chorale on Duke Street (David Schack)
  • Prelude III (Ernst Bloch)
  • Prelude in G (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude on Ellacombe (Alfred Fedak, Roger Bailey)
  • Prelude on Old 124th (Healey Willan) Ten Hymn Preludes, Vol.2 [Peters]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Focus on the authority of Christ. Christ-centered hymns are abundant; check the index of your hymnal under "Christ the King." Maybe a parish soprano could be enlisted for the gem, "O Divine Redeemer," by Gounod.

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 #40)

Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of peoples and abilities of each liturgical assembly. Although it is not always necessary (e.g. in weekday Masses) to sing all the texts that are in principle meant to be sung, every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people not be absent in celebrations that occir on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation.

However, in choosing the parts actually to be sung, preference is to be given to those that are of greater importance and especially to those which are to be sung by the Priest or the Deacon or a reader, with the people replying or by the Priest and people together.

Commentary: This rubric is rich with implied meaning. The entire notion of "progressive solemnity," as mentioned also in Sing to the Lord, is promoted. All music within the Mass is not of equal importance. Choice of the texts to be sung should also have some relationship to the season of the Church year: e.g., the Penitential Rite during Advent and Lent, the Sprinkling Rite during Easter.

Also reinforced here is the oft-ignore injunction that the dialogues between priest and people are of paramount importance. How many of us are still "singing at Mass" rather than "singing the Mass" — how often do we make such a point of choosing an "appropriate" Closing Song but never hear the priest sing the Blessing?

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