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Holy Thursday [The Chrism Mass] (ABC)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Dilexisti iustitiam [Graduale Romanum, p.498]
    2. Dilexisti justitiam (Francisco Valls)
    3. Afructu frumenti [Graduale simplex, p.123]
    4. Jesus Christ has made us a kingdom of priests [Simple Choral Gradual, p.74 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. All Justice You Have Loved and Taught [tune: Deus tuorum militum] from Introit Hymns #20 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Inveni David [Graduale Romanum, p.445]
    2. Inveni David (Johann Kaspar Aiblinger, Anton Bruckner, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Mikolaj Zielenski)
    3. Misericordias Domini [Graduale simplex, p.124]
    4. Exsultate iusti in Domino [Graduale simplex, p.125]
    5. Exsultate justi in Domino (Ludovico da Viadana)
    6. Let all the just to God with joy (William Marsh)
    7. Rejoice in the Lord (Thomas Weelkes)
  • Tract (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Confitemini Domino [Graduale Romanum, p.158]
  • Offertory:
    1. O Redemptor sume carmen [Graduale Romanum, p.159]
    2. O Redemptor sume carmen [Graduale simplex, p.126]
    3. O Redemptor sume carmen (Pedro Aranaz y Vides, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
  • Communion:
    1. Dilexisti iustitiam [Graduale Romanum, p.506]
    2. Dilexisti iustitiam [Graduale simplex, p.128]
    3. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.75 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Mass XVII (Adventus et Quadragesimae)
    2. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    3. Missa Deus Genitor alme (Harry McMurray)
    4. Wondrous Love: A Mass for Lent (J. William Greene)

Other liturgical music


  • Born of the Father, Image Pure and Bright (CH #523)
  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (WIII #617, HPSC #128, ICEL #183, CBW #542, CH #485, AH #561, CHB #209, SMH #255, EH #384)
  • Father, Lord of All Creation (HPSC #596)
  • God Merciful and Righteous Is (ICEL #190)
  • Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (WIII #630, CH #606)
  • Lord, You Gave the Great Commission (WIII #470, HPSC #597, CH #639)
  • This Is My Commandment (WIII #603, CH #473)
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

Organ Music

  • Ave Regina caelorum (Hermann Schroeder) from Die Marianischen Antiphonen
  • Kyrie/Christe/Kyrie from Missa dominicalis (Girolami Cavazzoni)
  • Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig (J.S. Bach)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Chrism Mass is a chance for the diocese (representatively) to gather with the bishop who blesses the oils to be used during the coming year. Additionally, the priests renew their commitment to him made at their own ordinations. The music, while still maintaining a Lenten mood, needs to speak of ministry and the bond between bishop and priests — the saving grace of God flows from the bishop (as successor of the apostles) through the priests to the faithful.

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