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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Venite, adoremus [Graduale Romanum, p.271]
    2. Venite, adoremus [Gregorian Missal, p.446]
    3. Venite, adoremus (Johann Kaspar Aiblinger)
    4. Come, let us worship God [Simple English Propers, p.196 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. Come, let us worship the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.1_ (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. O come, let us worship (Thurlow Weed)
    7. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    8. O come, let us worship God [Lumen Christi Missal, p.937 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. O come, let us worship God [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.47 / Mode 1 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    10. Bow Down before the Lord [tune: Darwall's 148th] from Introit Hymns #40 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. (B/C) Tollite hostias [Graduale Romanum, p.272]
    2. (B/C) Tollite hostias [Gregorian Missal, p.448]
    3. (B/C) Tollite hostias (Camille Saint-Saëns)
    4. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Laudate Dominum [Graduale Romanum, p.273]
    2. Laudate Dominum [Gregorian Missal, p.449]
    3. Laudate Dominum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Martin Francisco de Cruzelaegui, L. B. Est, Hans Leo Hassler, G.F. Handel, Orlando di Lasso, Caludio Monteverdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Lorenzo Perosi, Johann Baptist Schiedermayr, Jan Pieters Sweelinck, Georg Philipp Telemann, Tom´s Luis de Victoria, Antonio Vivaldi, Jan Dismas Zelenka)
    4. O all ye nations of the Lord (John Mundy)
    5. O praise the Lord (Adrian Batten, Edward John Hopkins)
    6. Praise our Lord all ye Gentiles (William Byrd)
    7. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Perfice gressus [Graduale Romanum, p.273]
    2. Perfice gressus [Gregorian Missal, p.450]
    3. Perfice gressus (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Franz Xavier Witt)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. Render secure my footsteps [Simple English Propers, p.197 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Display your great love [Simple Choral Gradual, p.146 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Communion:
    1. (B) Multitudo languentium [Graduale Romanum, p.274]
    2. (B) Multitudo languentium [Gregorian Missal, p.451]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. (B) Multitudo languentium [Communio, p.158 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. A multitude with diseases [Simple English Propers, p.199 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Give praise to the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.147 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Happy are the sorrowing [Simple Choral Gradual, p.148 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Choose one Communion Antiphon from any of those suggested in #158-186 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.949-956 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. (B) A multitude came unto him [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    10. Let them thank the Lord [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.48 / Mode 8 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    11. Blessed are those who mourn [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.48 / Mode 1 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    12. (B) A multitude with diseases [Choral Communio, p.109 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
  • 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


  • A Multitude Comes from the East and the West (WIII #688)
  • All My Hope on God Is Founded (CD #923, CHB #200, CBW #667)
  • Bow Down before the Lord [tune: Darwall's 148th] from Introit Hymns #40 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Come Down, O Love Divine (WIII #472, HPSC #133, CBW #517, PMB #93, HH #140, AH #440, CH #498, CHB #92, SMH #266, EH #376, VII #364, LCH #76)
  • Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life (WIII #569, CD #899, CH #532, SMH #270, LCH #101)
  • Father of Mercy, God of Consolation (HPSC #155, ICEL #333, CH #409, CHB #216, EH #238)
  • God, Whose Almighty Word (WIII #486, HH #190, CH #308, LCH #105)
  • Great God of Mercy (WIII #746)
  • New Songs of Celebration (WIII #533, CBW #659)
  • O Christ, the Healer (WIII #747, CH #406)
  • O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts (WIII #605, ICEL #139, HH #249, CH #510, SMH #450, EH #485)
  • O Lord, You Are My God and King (HPSC #252)
  • O Praise Ye the Lord (HPSC #259, CBW #649, WIII #539, ICEL #238, CD #906, CHB #253)
  • The Living God My Shepherd Is (WIII #612, CD #831, CBW #690)
  • Thy Love, O God, Has All Mankind Created (CD #914, WIII #638])
  • Your Hands, O Lord, in Days of Old (WIII #750)
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

  • Ascribe unto the Lord (John Travers, Samuel S. Wesley)
  • Ave verum from Two Three-Part Motets (Colin Brumby)
  • Cantate Domino (Dietrich Buxtehude, Giovanni Andrea Cima, Giovanni Croce, Michel Richard Delalande, Heinrich Schütz, Jan Pieters Sweelinck)
  • Come Down, O Love Divine (Tim Knight)
  • Confitemini Domino (Alessandro Costantini)
  • Eternal Light, Shines in Our Hearts (Tim Knight)
  • Gloria from Mass in D (Antonin Dvorak)
  • God of Mercy (Monteverdi/Hopson)
  • Green Fields (arr. Virgil Thomson)
  • Jubilate Deo (Jacques Berthier/Taize Community) [GIA Publications]
  • Jubilate Deo (W.A. Mozart)
  • Laudate Dominum from Solemn Vespers (W.A. Mozart)
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (J.S. Bach)
  • Lobet den Herrn / BWV 230 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  • Nun lobet Gott im hohen Thron (Christoph Dalitz)
  • O Praise the Lord for It Is a Good Thing (Leo Sowerby) [Flammer]
  • O Send Forth Thy Light (Elizabeth Lademan)
  • O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness (George J. Elvey)
  • Praise Ye the Lord (Johann Geisler) [Boosey & Hawkes]
  • Psalm 113 (Moritz Brosig)
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O Lord (Eugene Englert)
  • Sing Ye with Praise unto the Lord (Uriah Davenport)
  • Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Georg Philipp Telemann)
  • There Is a Balm (arr. William Dawson)
  • Venite exultemus (William Byrd, Guillaume Minoret, Michael Praetorius, Thomas Tallis)

Organ Music

  • Come Down, O Love Divine (Wilbur Held) Preludes for the Pentecost Season
  • Come Down, O Love Divine (Ronald Arnatt) Parish Organist, Vol XI
  • Elevation (François Couperin)
  • Fugue No.3 (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Herzliebster Jesu (J.S Bach, H. Walcha, J. Brahms, Charles Ore, Wilbur Held, Carl Schalk)
  • Tiento from Suite médiévale (Jean Langlais)
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (J.S. Bach)
  • Pastorale on Trinity (Richard Proulx)
  • Prelude in a (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude on Brother James' Air (Searle Wright)
  • Prelude on Down Ampney (Wilbur Held, Ronald Arnatt)
  • Prelude on Italian Hymn (Richard Proulx)
  • Prelude on Rendez a Dieu (Michael Bayer) from Parish Organist, Vol XII
  • Salve Mater misericordiæ (Robert G. Farrell)
  • The Lord's My Shepherd (Charles Ore) from Eleven Compositions, Set IV
  • Thema met variaties (Hendrik Andriessen)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Service to others… a primary Gospel message. Maybe this is the time to take the youth choir to visit a local nursing home. Visits are frequent around holidays (Christmas, Easter). Maybe a mid-winter informal concert would be a welcome relief from the weather and the loneliness of this stretch between holidays. Mix some church motets with some old secular standards ("Swanee River," "Side By Side," etc.).

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 Structure of the Mass, Its Elements and Its Parts: Importance of Singing (GIRM #41)

The main place should be given, all things being equal, to Gregorian chant, as being proper to the Roman Liturgy. Other kinds of sacred music, in particular polyphony, are in no way excluded, provided that they correspond to the spirit of the liturgical action and that they foster the participation of all the faithful.

Since the faithful from different countries come together ever more frequently, it is desirable that they know how to sing together at least some parts of the Ordinary of the Mass in Latin, especially the Profession of Faith and the Lord's Prayer, according to the simpler settings.

Commentary: For about fifty years, where, in reality, has been the "main place" of Gregorian chant in the majority of Catholic parishes in the U.S.? In the back corner of a dusty closet, if not in the garbage can. How simple a directive! How blatant the disobedience!

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