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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Factus est Dominus [Graduale Romanum, p.281]
    2. Factus est Dominus [Gregorian Missal, p.461]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. The Lord has become my protector [Simple English Propers, p.209 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. The Lord has been my strength [Simple Choral Gradual, p.157 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. The Lord became my protector [Lumen Christi Missal, p.938 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. The Lord became my protector [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.52 / Mode 1 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    8. The Lord Has Become My Protector [tune: Saint Denio] from Introit Hymns #43 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. (A/B) Ad Dominum [Graduale Romanum, p.285]
    2. (A/B) Ad Dominum [Gregorian Missal, p.462]
    3. (A/B) Ad Dominum (Hans Leo Hassler, Cristóbal de Morales, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Alessandro Scarlatti)
    4. Liberasti nos, Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.592]
    5. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. Chabanel Psalmody
    7. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    8. In Trouble and in Thrall (Joseph Key)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Domine Deus meus [Graduale Romanum, p.283]
    2. Domine Deus meus [Gregorian Missal, p.463]
    3. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Domine convertere [Graduale Romanum, p.283]
    2. Domine convertere [Gregorian Missal, p.464]
    3. Domine convertere (Orlando di Lasso, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. Turn to me, O Lord [Simple English Propers, p.210 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Turn thee, O Lord (William Croft)
    7. Save me in your merciful love [Simple Choral Gradual, p.158 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Communion:
    1. (B/C) Cantabo Domino [Graduale Romanum, p.283]
    2. (B/C) Cantabo Domino [Gregorian Missal, p.464]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. (B/C) Cantabo Domino [Communio, p.28 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. (B/C) I will sing unto the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.213 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. (B/C) I will sing to the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.159 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. I, the Lord, am with you [Simple Choral Gradual, p.160 (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. I will sing unto the Lord [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    10. I will sing to the Lord [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.52 / Mode 2 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    11. Behold, I am with you always [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.53 / Mode 2 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    12. (B/C) I will sing, I will sing to the Lord [Choral Communio, p.116 (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


  • All Praise to Thee, For Thou, O King Divine (CH #547, EH #366)
  • It Shocked Them That the Master Did Not Fast (WIII #637)
  • Let All Things Now Living (WIII #559, HPSC #208, CH #567, SMH #393)
  • O Be Joyful in the Lord (HPSC #234, CD #905)
  • O My Soul, Bless God the Father (HPSC #255, CH #459)
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (WIII #530, HPSC #279, ICEL #242, CBW #650, PMB #123, AH #611, CHB #258, CH #513, SMH #495, EH #282, VII #216, LCH #80)
  • Praise to the Lord (WIII #547, ICEL #245, HPSC #284, CH #592, PMB #122, CBW #653, AH #612, CHB #110, SMH #498, EH #279, VII #205, LCH #79)
  • Rejoice, My Soul, and Bless the Lord (HPSC #286)
  • Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord (HPSC #311, CD #846, CBW #638, CHB #264, WIII #534)
  • Thanks Be to God [WIII #526, CBW #678]
  • The Lord Has Become My Protector [tune: Saint Denio] from Introit Hymns #43 (Christoph Tietze)
  • The Stars Declare His Glory (WIII #506)
  • Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided (CD #924, CHB #188, VII #213)
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

  • Blandford Anthem (William Knapp)
  • Bless the Lord, O My Soul (M. Ippolitov-Ivanov) [Schirmer]
  • Christ Be with Me from Three Sacred Rounds, Volume 2 (Colin Brumby)
  • Diligam te, Domine (Giovanni Gabrieli)
  • Factus est adjutor (Gregorian chant) [Graduale simplex, p.220]
  • God of Mercy (Monteverdi/Hopson)
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (arr. Brian Luckner)
  • O Lord, Rebuke Me Not / Op.54, No.1 (Dudley Buck)
  • O Praise the Lord (Maurice Greene) [RSCM]
  • O quam suavis est (Calvert Shenk)
  • Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Jeremiah Clarke) [Concordia]
  • Psalm 13 / Op.27 (Johannes Brahms)
  • Psalm 13 (John Valentine)
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O Lord (Eugene Englert)

Organ Music

  • Agincourt Hymn (John Dunstable) Treasury of Early Organ Music [Presser]
  • Christe eleison (Andre Raison) from Messe du deuxième ton
  • Ciacona (Johann Pachelbel) Old Masters of the Organ [Kalmus]
  • Communion (Louis Vierne)
  • Hambleton Suite (Tim Knight)
  • Kommst du nun (J.S. Bach)
  • Lobe den Herren (J.G. Walther)
  • Partita on Lobe den Herren (Don Freudenburg)
  • Praise to the Lord (Paul Manz) [Morning Star Publications]
  • Praise to the Lord (Max Reger) from Thirty Short Chorale Preludes [Peters]
  • Processional (Martin Shaw)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

In our attempt to sing about the Law of the Lord, there is no finer source than Psalm 19. "The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul." Pull out all the versions of this psalm in your library. Explore ways to use it as a opening processional, or as a communion processional. Do you have a choral anthem based on the text? Would a well-ordered, by-the-book Baroque fugue help to convey the necessity of living (and composing) within limits?

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: The Kyrie Eleison (GIRM #52)

After the Penitential Act, the Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy) is always begun, unless it has already been part of the Penitential Act. Since it is a chant by which the faithful acclaim the Lord and implore his mercy, it is usually executed by everyone, that is to say, with the people and the choir or cantor taking part in it.

Each acclamation is usually pronounced twice, though it is not to be excluded that it be repeated several times, by reason of the character of the various languages, as well as of the artistry of the music or of other circumstances. When the Kyrie is sung as a part of the Penitential Act, a trope precedes each acclamation.

Commentary: The acclamations mentioned above are "Lord, have mercy," and "Christ, have mercy." It should be noted that the penitential litany, its three-part structure notwithstanding, is not a Trinitarian formula. All the tropes found in the Roman Missal are addressed to Jesus Christ and are meant as hope-filled acknowledgements of the mercy of our Lord and Savior. None should be addressed to God the Father, or to God the Holy Spirit, nor should they be a listing of sins (e.g. "for the times we have been untruthful, Lord have mercy."). The Penitential Act is not a "corporate confession"; rather it is an affirmation of a merciful God.

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