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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • All My Hope on God Is Founded (CD #923, CHB #200, CBW #667)
  • Christ Is the World's Light (CBW #543, HPSC #130, WIII #543, CD #897, EH #258)
  • Come, Let Us to the Lord Our God (ICEL #39, CH #243)
  • Come, You Sinners, Poor and Needy (WIII #756)
  • Eternal Light (HH #234, EH #478)
  • Father of Mercy, God of Consolation (HPSC #155, ICEL #333, CH #409, CHB #216, EH #238)
  • Forgive Our Sins (WIII #754, CBW #684)
  • Great God of Mercy (WIII #746)
  • Hear Our Entreaties, Lord (AH #366, CH #238, ICEL #254, PMB #48, WIII #414, CHB #293)
  • I Sought the Lord (WIII #593)
  • In Your Most Steadfast Love [tune: Swabia] from Introit Hymns #42 (Christoph Tietze)
  • O for A Heart to Praise My God (WIII #591, EH #414)
  • O Love of God, How Strong and True (HPSC #254, SMH #460)
  • Our Father, We Have Wandered (WIII #755, HPSC #274, ICEL #255, CH #401)
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

  • Attende Domine (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 2
  • Attende Domine (John Osterhagen)
  • Blessed Be the Man (Charles Steggall)
  • Blessed Is He That Considereth the Poor (John Wall Callcott)
  • Confitebor tibi Domine (Giovanni Gabrieli)
  • Eternal Light, Shine in Our Hearts (Tim Knight)
  • Expend, O Lord, My Plaint of Word (Thomas Tallis)
  • God of Mercy (Monteverdi/Hopson)
  • Herr erhöre mein Wort (Gabriel Möhlich)
  • How Long Wilt Thou Forget Me? (Jeremiah Clarke)
  • Ich danke dem Herrn (Gabriel Möhlich)
  • Intellige clamorem meam (Carl Ludwig Drobisch)
  • Maker of All, Be Thou My Guard (F.J. Haydn) [Broude]
  • O Love of God (tune Jerusalem, arr. Michael McCarthy)
  • O quam suavis est (Calvert Shenk)
  • Ponder My Words (Thomas Attwood Walmisley)
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O Lord (Eugene Englert)
  • To Celebrate Thy Praise, O Lord (Joseph Stephenson)
  • Usquequo Domine (Guillaume Minoret)

Organ Music

  • Allegretto (Louis Vierne)
  • Andante sostenuto from Gothic Symphony (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • Christe eleison (Andre Raison) from Messe du deuxieme ton
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (Johannes Brahms) from Eleven Chorale Preludes
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (J.G. Walther & D. Buxtehude) from Eighty 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.]
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (J. Pachelbel, J. Kuhnau, F.W. Marpurg, Jan Bender)
  • Herzliebster Jesu (J.S Bach, H. Walcha, J. Brahms, Charles Ore, Wilbur Held, Carl Schalk)
  • Meditation on 'Kyrie de Angelis' (Glenn Caluda)
  • Meditation religieuse (Henri Mulet)
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (Moritz Brosig, Adolph Hesse)
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (F.W. Marpurg) from Twenty-one Chorale Preludes [Augsburg]
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (Max Reger) from 30 Kleine Choralvorspiele [C.F. Peters #3980]
  • O Sacred Head Now Wounded (John Hebden Schaffner)
  • Passion Chorale (Jan Bender)
  • Toccata sexta (Georg Muffat) from Old Masters of the Organ [Kalmus]
  • Village Suite (Tim Knight)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Highlight the mercy of God by singing the Penitential Rite. Various chant settings of the "Kyrie eleison" are simple (and perhaps familiar) enough for the congregation to sing with or without music. The power of Gregorian chant to set a mood and convey a prayerful atmosphere must never be overlooked or shunned, particularly not with the excuse of Latin being "old-fashioned." See the Musical Musings article, Lingua latina simul cantare sciant.

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 #48)

The chant is sung alternately by the choir and the people or similarly by a cantor and the people, or entirely by the people, or by the choir alone. In the Dioceses of the United States of America there are four options for the Entrance Chant:

  1. the antiphon from the Missal or the antiphon with the psalm from the Graduale Romanum as set to music there or in another setting;
  2. the antiphon and Psalm of the Graduale Simplex for the liturgical time;
  3. a chant from another collection of Psalms and antiphons, approved by the Conference of Bishops or the Diocesan Bishop, including Psalms arranged in responsorial or metrical forms;
  4. another liturgical chant that is suited to the sacred action, the day, or the time of year, similarly approved by the Conference of Bishops or the Diocesan Bishop.

Commentary: Just as there are Scripture readings required by the Church for every Mass that is celebrated, there is also a prescribed Entrance Chant! The two books listed as hyperlinks above contain these chants. Do we ever use them? Or are we stuck in the generation that would have us read from "The Velveteen Rabbit" instead of the Bible. To be fair, the rubrics do allow us to substitute other psalms or chants that are approved. But why must we always opt for the substitute over the correct Proper? And note that the hynm option really isn't there anymore! What we have accomplished since the 1970s is to have given the congregation "instant coffee," or plain hot water, so exclusively that they no longer have any notion that "brewed coffee" even exists. How convenient!

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