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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (B)

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Other liturgical music


  • All Glory, Praise and Honor (CH #257, AH #353)
  • Born of the Father, Image Pure and Bright (CH #523)
  • Christ Is the King (WIII #500, CH #540, HH #286, CBW #546, EH #543)
  • Christ Is the World's Light (CBW #543, HPSC #130, WIII #543, CD #897, EH #258)
  • Come, Christians, Join to Sing (SMH #265)
  • Come, Thou Almighty King (WIII #487, ICEL #91, CH #307, PMB #114, AH #484, SMH #269, EH #271)
  • Festival Canticle: Worthy Is Christ (CH #265, WIII #458)
  • Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go (WIII #627, HPSC #160, CBW #550, CH #641, CD #895, CBW #550)
  • Glory Be to God the Father (CH #588, CBW #528)
  • God, We Praise You (WIII #535, SMH #317)
  • Hail, the Long-awaited Son! from Hymns for the Liturgical Year (Kathleen Pluth)
  • Jesus Shall Reign (ICEL #101, WIII #492, HH #253, PMB #107, CH #508, CHB #231, SMH #381, EH #542)
  • Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor (CD #893, CH #545, CHB #121)
  • O Christ, Our Hope (ICEL #107, HH #269, CH #509, SMH #435)
  • O Christ, the World's Salvation (Dennis DiPaolo)
  • O Merciful Redeemer (CH #539, CBW #484)
  • O Praise Ye the Lord (HPSC #259, CBW #649, WIII #539, ICEL #238, CD #906, CHB #253)
  • O Worship the King (AH #483, CH #571, HH #201, HPSC #268, PMB #138, CHB #255, SMH #472, EH #288)
  • 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)
  • Rejoice the Lord Is King (WIII #493, ICEL #108, HPSC #290, HH #181, CBW #645, CH #515, CHB #261, SMH #510, EH #350)
  • Soul of My Savior (ICEL #146, CH #385, AH #522, HPSC #305, CHB #129, SMH #533)
  • The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns (WIII #464, ICEL #105, HH #303, CH #516, CHB #90, SMH #561, EH #106)
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (WIII #609, ICEL #165, HPSC #324, AH #580, CH #460, CHB #265, SMH #563/4, EH #345)
  • To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King (CD #850, HPSC #336, WIII #497, CH #546, PMB #98, CBW #548, AH #480, SMH #580)
  • Wake the Song of Jubilee (HH #276)
  • We Praise You, God (CH #579)
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, 3rd Edition, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Attend, O Earth, Whilst I Declare (Joseph Stephenson)
  • Choral Fanfare for Christ the King (R.E. Smith) [GIA Publications]
  • Christus vinvit (chant) [St. Gregory Hymnal]
  • Ecce vicit Leo (Peter Philips)
  • From All That Dwell (Colin Brumby)
  • Give Judgment for Me, O Lord (Colin Brumby)
  • Give the King Thy Judgments (William Boyce, William Croft)
  • Gloria in excelsis Deo from Gloria in D Major (Antonio Vivaldi)
  • King of All Heavens (J.S. Bach)
  • Laudate pueri Dominum (G.S. Geiger)
  • Now, My Tongue, the Mystery Telling (Alan Smith)
  • O Jesus, King Most Wonderful (Christopher Tye)
  • O quam suavis est (Calvert Shenk)
  • Prayer of Saint Francis (Gary Penkala)
  • Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love (Ned Rorem)
  • Since By Man Came Death from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Calvert Shenk)
  • Worthy Is the Lamb from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Ye Servants of God (arr. Henry Coleman)

Organ Music

  • Allegro from Suite gothique (Léon Boëllmann)
  • Christ the King (Dom Paul Benoit)
  • Ciacone in D (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Concerto for Organ and Strings (Michael Starke)
  • Emporer's Fanfare (Antonio Soler)
  • Fanfare (Jacques Lemmens)
  • Festival Intrada (Gary Penkala)
  • Festive Processionals for Brass and Organ (Calvert Shenk)
  • Music for a Festive Occasion (Tim Knight)
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (J.L. Andrews)
  • Prelude and Fugue in d minor / Dorian (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne (Dieterich Buxtehude)
  • Prelude in C Major (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude on Duke Street (Charles Ore, Burton Isaac, David Schack, G.W. Cassler)
  • Prelude on Gelobt sei Gott (Paul Manz) from Ten Chorale Improvisations, Set V [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Prelude on Italian Hymn (Richard Proulx)
  • Prelude on Lauda anima (Robert Hughes, J.L. Adam)
  • Prelude on Pange lingua (Donna N. Robertson)
  • Prelude on Saint Columba (Robin Milford, Wilbur Held, Gerhard Krapf, Healey Willan, Peter P. Stearns)
  • Prelude on Saint Magnus (Wayne Barlow, Robert Hobby)
  • Rhythmic Trumpet (Seth Bingham)
  • Sonata III (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Robin Milford)
  • Thema mit variates (Hendrik Andriessen)
  • Toccata on Duke Street (Gilbert Martin)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

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.

Adaptations within the Competence of Bishops and Bishops' Conferences (GIRM #390, 393)

It is for the Conferences of Bishops to formulate the adaptations indicated in this General Instruction and in the Order of Mass and, once their decisions have been accorded the recognitio of the Apostolic See, to introduce them into the Missal itself. They are such as these: …the texts of the chants at the Entrance, at the Presentation of Gifts, and at Communion.

Bearing in mind the important place that singing has in a celebration as a necessary or integral part of the Liturgy, all musical settings for the texts of the Ordinary of the Mass, for the people's responses and acclamations, and for the special rites that occur in the course of the liturgical year must be submitted to the Secretariat of Divine Worship of the USCCB for review and approval prior to publication.

While the organ is to be accorded pride of place, other wind, stringed, or percussion instruments may be admitted into divine woship in the Dioceses of the United States of America, according to long-standing local usage, in so far as these are truly suitable for sacred use, or can be made suitable.

Commentary: Some see here the loophole of "cultural adaptation" which can free the "American" Church from the liturgical shadow of Rome. Others see this as a way for the bishops to reign in the textual and musical abuses which have become commonplace in the Church in the United States. We await the guidance of the USCCB. The bishops could oversee the quality of the music placed in the mouths of the faithful at Mass. They could eliminate musical abuses like "polka Masses" and "rock Masses." May they be bold in their actions and in accord with Rome in their thinking.

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