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Good Friday: The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord (ABC)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Domine, exaudi orationem meam [Graduale Romanum, p.172]
    2. Domine, exaudi orationem meam [Gregorian Missal, p.302]
    3. Domine, exaudi orationem meam (Antonio Cebrián, Anton Diabelli, Giovanni Gabrieli, Orlando di Lasso)
    4. In manus tuas Domine [Graduale simplex, p.139]
    5. In manus tuas Domine (Charles H. Giffen, Thomas Tallis)
    6. Chabanel Psalmody
    7. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Tract (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Christus factus est [Graduale Romanum, p.148]
    2. Christus factus est [Gregorian Missal, p.282]
    3. Christus factus est (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.653]
    4. Iudica me Deus [Graduale simplex, p.221]
    5. Christus factus est (Felice Anerio, Giovanni Matteo Asola, Anton Bruckner, Francesco Durante, G.P. da Palestrina)
    6. Iudica me Deus (Andrea Gabrieli)
  • Antiphons and Music at The Adoration of the Holy Cross:
    1. Crucem tuam adoramus [Graduale Romanum, p.175]
    2. Crucem tuam adoramus [Gregorian Missal, p.265]
    3. Crucem tuam adoramus [Graduale simplex, p.141]
    4. Faithful Cross (arr. Raymond Clark)
    5. Improperia (Reproaches I & II) [Graduale Romanum, p.176]
    6. Improperia (Reproaches I & II) [Gregorian Missal, p.311]
    7. Improperia (Reproaches I & II) [Graduale simplex, p.140]
    8. The Reproaches (James Morrison)
    9. The Reproaches (Gary Penkala)
    10. Hymn: Crux fidelis, inter omnes [Graduale Romanum, p.182]
    11. Hymn: Crux fidelis, inter omnes [Gregorian Missal, p.317]
    12. Crux fidelis (Felice Anerio, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, John IV King of Portugal, Reinhold Kühnel, Oscar Santos)
    13. We worship you, Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.82 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    14. My people, what have I done to you? [Simple Choral Gradual, p.83 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Communion:
    1. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? [Lumen Christi Missal, p.925 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    2. They parted my garments among them [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended? (AH #402, CHB #59, SMH #195, EH #71, VII #346)
  • Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed (ICEL #54)
  • Jesu, Joy and Treasure (HPSC #198, ICEL #198)
  • Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth (CH #617, WIII #438, HH #99, EH #522)
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (CH #258, HH #90, WIII #439, CHB #65, SMH #421, LCH #47)
  • O Sacred Head Surrounded (AH #403, CBW #491, CH #259, HH #93, HPSC #248, ICEL #57, PMB #50, WIII #434, CHB #67, SMH #464, EH #75, VII #245, LCH #49)
  • Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle (AH #404, CBW #583, CH #364, HPSC #298, ICEL #145, WIII #437, CHB #69, EH #66, VII #274/5)
  • The Regal Dark Mysterious Cross (HH #92)
  • Throned upon the Awe-full Tree (ICEL #62)
  • To Mock Your Reign (CH #261)
  • Were You There? (PMB #51, ICEL #61, WIII #436, CBW #493, CH #262, SMH #602, EH #80)
  • What Wondrous Love Is This? (CD #822, WIII #600, HH #95, PMB #157, ICEL #164, CH #530, HH #95, SMH #607, LCH #50)
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

  • Adoramus te, Christe (Gregor Aichinger, Giovanni Matteo Asola, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Francesco Gasparini, Orlando di Lasso, Giovanni Battista Martini, Claudio Merulo, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Giacomo Antonio Perti, Giuseppe Pitoni, Francesco Rosselli, Vincenzo Ruffo, Ludovico da Viadana, Mikolaj Zielenski)
  • Adoramus te Christe (Robert Boulware)
  • Ah, Holy Jesus (Stephen DeCesare)
  • Ah, Holy Jesus (arr. William Matthis)
  • Ave verum corpus (William Byrd, Giacomo Carissimi, Mariano Garau, Charles Giffen, Michael J. Oczko, Josquin des Prez, Josef Rheinberger)
  • Caligaverunt oculi mei (Tomás Luis de Victoria / ed. Andrea Angelini)
  • Christus factus est (Felice Anerio, Giovanni Matteo Asola, Anton Bruckner, Francesco Durante, G.P. da Palestrina)
  • Christus factus est (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.653]
  • Crucifixus (Glenn Wonacott)
  • Crucifixus (Antonio Lotti)
  • Crux fidelis (Gregorian chant) Proper Hymn for Adoration of the Holy Cross [Liber usualis, p.709]
  • Ecce lignum Crucis – Crux fidelis (Adrian Willaert)
  • Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani (Richard Clark)
  • Exaudi Domine (Thomas Ravenscroft) four-part canon
  • In manus tuas (Thomas Tallis)
  • Just Judge of Heav'n, Against My Foes (Charles William Hempel)
  • Lo, We Have Seen Him (Marco Antonio Ingegneri)
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (John Bacchus Dykes)
  • O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile (arr. Carol Traupman-Carr)
  • O Crux ave (Rev. David Friel)
  • O crux spes unica (Antoine Brumel, Cristóbal de Morales, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Francisco Valls, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • O vos omnes (Giovanni Matteo Asola, Henrique Carlos Correa, Giovanni Croce, Mariano Garau, Carlo Gesualdo, Jacquet de Mantua, Jacob Obrecht, Hieronymus Praetorius, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • On Your Cross (Sr. Edith Scholl)
  • Per signum crucis (Francesco Durante, Francisco Guerrero)
  • Priusquam gallus cantet (Colin Brumby)
  • Psalm 43 (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Salvator mundi (Tallis / Kenney)
  • Seven Last Words of Christ (Gary Penkala)
  • Signum crucis mirabile (Cristóbal de Morales)
  • Stabat Mater (Jonathan Kregor)
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs (Karl Heinrich Graun, Antonio Lotti, Leonardo Leo)
  • Tristis est anima mea (Martini / Angelini)
  • Tristis est anima mea (Giovanni Croce, Philipp Dulichius, Carlo Gesualdo, Johann Michael Haydn, Marco Antonio Ingegneri, Johann Kuhnau, Orlando di Lasso, Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, Jeffrey Quick)
  • Vere languores nostros (Antonio Lotti, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • We Should Glory in the Cross (Rev. Thomas Buffer)
  • Were You There? (arr. Alice Parker)
  • Wondrous Love (arr. Douglas Wagner)

Organ Music

The organ is silent today.

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

By no means should any organ be heard today… at all. The experience of a parish worshiping in song, completely on their own, should outweigh any inclination to use accompanied music in this liturgy. The a cappella symbol is so much more powerful than anything anyone has written. The congregation will get a chance to hear themselves clearly, and will rely on each other to perpetuate the song. Choose music carefully (all music does not lend itself to unaccompanied performance). Chant and pentatonic hymns are particularly suited for today's liturgical mood. Reinforce the idea of the Triduum as "one celebration spanning three days" by using no prelude or postlude music, and by entering and departing the liturgy (ministers included) in absolute silence. Today, with no Mass allowed to be celebrated, should be different than every other day.

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