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The Fifth Sunday of Lent (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended? (AH #402, CHB #59, SMH #195, EH #71)
  • Behold the Royal Cross on High (HH #88)
  • Eternal Lord of Love (HH #79)
  • God of All Mercy (HPSC #168)
  • Grant to Us, O Lord (PMB #147, CH #465)
  • I Lift My Eyes to You, O Lord (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Lift High the Cross (WIII #704, HPSC #207, CD #847, PMB #56, HH #268, CBW #545, CH #542, AH #606, SMH #398)
  • Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth (CH #617, WIII #438, HH #99, EH #522)
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (CH #258, HH #90, WIII #439, CHB #65, SMH #421)
  • O Cross of Christ (PMB #46, HH #91, CH #254, AH #361, CBW #483)
  • O God, beyond All Praising (WIII #579, HH #199)
  • O Sacred Head Surrounded (AH #403, CBW #491, CH #259, HH #93, HPSC #248, ICEL #57, PMB #50, WIII #434, CHB #67, SMH #464, EH #75)
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

  • Agnus Dei from Missa secunda (Hans Leo Hassler)
  • Ah, Holy Jesus (Stephen DeCesare)
  • Be Merciful, O Lord from Ostinato Psalm Responses (Rev. James Chepponis) [WLP]
  • Caligaverunt oculi mei (Victoria / Angelini)
  • Create in Me a Clean Heart (J.A. Freylinghausen) [Augsburg]
  • Create in Me, O Lord (Johannes Brahms)
  • Crucifixus (J.S. Bach, F.J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart)
  • De profundis (W.A. Mozart)
  • Give Judgment for Me, O Lord (Colin Brumby)
  • I Am the Resurrection (Thomas Morley) [Concordia]
  • I Am the Resurrection (Heinrich Schütz) [Peters]
  • In monte Oliveti (Anton Bruckner, Giovanni Croce, José Mauricio Nunes Garcia, Marco Antonio Ingegneri, Orlando di Lasso, Giovanni Battista Martini, Juozas Naujalis, Antonio Maria Pacchioni, Jeffrey Quick, Franz Schubert, Mikolaj Zielenski)
  • Judge and Defend My Cause, O Lord (John Smith)
  • Judica me Deus (G. Gorczycki) [GIA Publications]
  • Just Judge of Heav'n, Against My Foes (Charles William Hempel)
  • Miserere mei Domine (Calvert Shenk)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book I (Colin Brumby)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book II (Colin Brumby)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book III (Colin Brumby)
  • O Crux spes unica (T.L. da Vittoria)
  • O Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me (Carrie Nixon)
  • O My People (Colin Brumby)
  • Processional Psalm for Lent (Richard Proulx) [GIA Publications]
  • Richte mich, Gott (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Tristis est anima mea (Martini / Angelini)
  • Vexilla Regis prodeunt (Gregorian chant) Proper Vesper Hymn for Lent V [Liber usualis, p.575]
  • Wash Me, O Lord God (G.B. Pergolesi)
  • We Should Glory in the Cross (Rev. Thomas Buffer)
  • When Jesus Wept (William Billings)

Organ Music

Rubrics indicate that the organ remain silent during Lent, except on Laetare Sunday or on other solemnities or festive days or at any time to accompany singing. Hence organ preludes and postludes should not be played (except on Laetare Sunday). Music for non-liturgical services might be chosen from the following:

  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen; (Johannes Brahms) from 11 Chorale Preludes
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (J.G. Walther & D. Buxtehude) from 80 Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (F.W. Zachau) from The Church Organist's Golden Treasury, Vol.2 [Oliver Ditson Co.]
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (Moritz Brosig)
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (Adolph Hesse)
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (F.W. Marpurg) from 21 Chorale Preludes [Augsburg]
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (Max Reger) from 30 Kleine Choralvorspiele [C.F. Peters #3980]
  • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbuchlein
  • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (Johann Pachelbel) from 80 Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
  • O Sacred Head Now Wounded (John Hebden Schaffner)
  • Passion Chorale (Jan Bender)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The idea of a grain of wheat planted in the earth shows in a dramatic way the glory that may come from suffering. A related countertheme may also be developed- in the Extraordinary Form, today is called "Passion Sunday." There are remnants of that title in the prayers and preface of the Mass, even in the Ordinary Form. Music may begin a shift today, looking toward the sufferings of Christ.

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