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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Be My Protecting, Saving God [tune: Saint Anne] from Introit Hymns #41 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Christ Is the King (WIII #500, CH #540, HH #286, CBW #546, EH #543)
  • Christian, Do You Hear the Lord? (WIII #594, CH #448, SMH #262)
  • Eternal, Unchanging, We Sing to Thy Praise (CD #907, HH #187)
  • Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer (ICEL #184)
  • Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go (WIII #627, HPSC #160, CBW #550, CH #641, CD #895, CBW #550)
  • I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord (WIII #726, CBW #578)
  • Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (WIII #630, CH #606)
  • My God, Accept My Heart This Day (ICEL #234, CHB #244, CH #470, SMH #418, EH #404)
  • O Breathe on Me, Breath of God (ICEL #125, HPSC #125, CBW #519, CH #497, WIII# 725)
  • O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (HPSC #237, EH #325)
  • O God, beyond All Praising (WIII #579, HH #199, SMH #444)
  • O God, Empower Us (WIII #642)
  • Sing to the Lord A Joyful Song (WIII #532, PMB #134)
  • Surely It Is God Who Saves Me (WIII #584)
  • Take My Life and Let It Be (ICEL #201, CHB #263, EH #408)
  • What Does the Lord Require? (WIII #624)
  • You Are the Way (ICEL #216, HH #216, CH #520, SMH #619)
  • 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.
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

  • Cantate Dominum (Tim Blickhan, Giovanni Croce, Johann Crüger)
  • Complete Thy Work (Calvert Shenk)
  • Defend Me, Lord, from Shame (Stephen Jarvis)
  • Ego sum panis (William Byrd)
  • Exsultate justi in Domino (Juan Gutierrez) [Lawson Gould]
  • God of Mercy (Monteverdi/Hopson)
  • God So Loved the World from The Crucifixion (John Stainer)
  • In Thee, O Lord (F.J. Haydn) [Fox]
  • In Thee, O Lord (John Weldon)
  • Jesus, Sun of Life, My Splendor (G.F. Handel) [Concordia]
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O Lord (Eugene Englert)
  • Singet dem Herrn (Johann Pachelbel, Heinrich Schütz)

Organ Music

  • Canzona IV (G. Frescobaldi)
  • Concordi laetitia from Two Chant Processionals (Rev. Kevin Waters)
  • Gelobet sei Gott (Paul Manz) [Morning Star Publications]
  • Hambleston Suite; (Tim Knight) CNP Catalog #6055
  • In Babilone (Paul Manz) [Morning Star Publications]
  • Lobe den Herrn (J.S. Bach)
  • Meinem Jesum lass' ich nicht (J.G. Walther)
  • O Sing unto the Lord a New Song (Healey Willan) [Peters]
  • Prelude and Fugue in f# (Dieterich Buxtehude) Old Masters of the Organ [Kalmus]
  • Prelude on Gelobt sei Gott (Paul Manz) from Ten Chorale Improvisations, Set V [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Prelude on In Babilone (Paul Manz, Wilbur Held, Raymond Haan)
  • Prelude on Morning Song (Wilbur Held, David Johnson)
  • Psalm 98 (Louis Bouregois) [Carl Fischer]
  • Psalm 98 (Jacob Gallus) [Galaxy]
  • Toccata on Gelobet sei Gott (Alfred Fedak)
  • Trumpet Processional (Alfred Fedak)
  • Variations on In Babilone (Raymond Haan)
  • Von Gott will ich nicht lassen (J.S. Bach)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

How can our music speak clearly of a God who is filled with compassion? We must find a way to convey this divine love and tenderness in the psalms and motets we select. "God of Mercy," a two-part Hal Hopson arrangement of a beautiful Monteverdi aria, carries the message of a merciful, compassionate God, in whom "there is hope, alleluia!"

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: Entrance (GIRM #47)

When the people are gathered, and as the Priest enters with the Deacon and ministers, the Entrance Chant begins. Its purpose is to open the celebration, foster the unity of those who have have been gathered, introduce their thoughts to the mystery of the liturgical time or festivity, and accompany the procession of the Priest and ministers.

Commentary: Note that the Entrance Chant is a key element of the Introductory Rites. It has important value to the celebration -- a four-fold purpose, in fact. Note also that only lastly is this first song meant to "accompany the priest" to the altar. How vain is the celebrant who mandates that this community event must stop when he arrives, as if saying, "I'm here — now the important stuff can begin." How impoverished the congregation that never is allowed to hear the true Proper of the Mass, the Introit, which is officially meant to accompany this action. Active participation is in no way precluded by a congregation's engaged listening to an Introit as they watch the procession draw the community into worship.

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