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Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper [The Evening Mass] (ABC)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Adoro te devote (ICEL #129/138, WIII #489, CH #370, CBW #587, CHB #291, AH #510, SMH #194)
  • An Upper Room (CD #879)
  • Ave verum Corpus (ICEL #131, WIII #730, HPSC #118,CHB #296, AH #514, SMH #231, LCH #132)
  • Lift High the Cross (WIII #704, HPSC #207, CD #847, PMB #56, HH #268, CBW #545, CH #542, AH #606, SMH #398, VII #244, LCH #151)
  • Now My Tongue the Mystery Telling (HPSC #228, EH #199)
  • O Food of Exiles Lowly (WIII #729, CH #380, SMH #442, VII #284)
  • Pange lingua gloriosi (ICEL #143, CH #361, AH #391, HPSC #275, CBW #584, CHB #303, SMH #488/9, VII #270, LCH #56)
  • Praise We Christ's Immortal Body [Pange lingua] (PMB #674)
  • 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 Lamb's High Banquet (ICEL #147, CBW #564, LCH #72)
  • Ubi caritas (CD #918, ICEL #60, CH #386, AH #390, CBW #575, CHB #309, SMH #582, LCH #54)
  • Weave a Song within the Silence [Pange lingua] (HH #250)
  • What Shall I Render to the Lord (HPSC #349)
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

Organ Music

Lent ends on Holy Thursday before the celebration of the Paschal Triduum. The Roman Missal prohibits organ music (except to accompany singing) from tonight's Gloria through the Gloria at the Easter Vigil, although a laudable tradition holds that the organ should be silent during that time. The rubric does not speak about the time prior to the Holy Thursday Gloria; hence, a well-chosen organ prelude may be appropriate to set the mood for this evening's beginning of the Paschal Triduum. The organ may also be used to accompany a sturdy Entrance Hymn or Chant and the Gloria, before being turned off and not touched again until the Gloria of the Easter Vigil.

  • Ave verum from Two Chant Meditations for Organ (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Lift High the Cross (Paul Manz) from Improvisations on Great Hymns of the Faith [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-839]
  • Lift High the Cross (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 3 - Concordia 97-5702]
  • Lift High the Cross (Lani Smith) [Organist, September 1982]
  • Meditation on Adoro te devote from Seven Preludes for the Church Year (Donna Robertson)
  • Prelude on Pange lingua (A.P.F. Boëly)
  • Prelude on Pange lingua (Donna Robertson)
  • Processional on Lift High the Cross (Donald Busarow) [Concordia 97-5442]
  • Processional on Lift High the Cross (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, April 1985]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Johannes Brahms) from Eleven Chorale Preludes
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (C.F. Engelbrecht) [Organist's Companion, January 2000]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, February 1983]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (M.F.A. Koehler) [Organist's Companion, January 1999]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (F.W. Marpurg) from Twenty-one Chorale Preludes [Augsburg]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Dennis Northway) [Organist's Companion, February 1986]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Meditations on Communion Hymns - Flammer]
  • Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness (Paul Manz) from Improvisations on Classic Chorales [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-843]
  • Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness (Max Reger) [Chorale Preludes for the Church Year - Carl Fischer]
  • Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness (G.P. Telemann) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Mass of the Lord's Supper has two great themes: the institution of the Holy Eucharist (and the priesthood, which perpetuates this sacrifice) and the Mandatum, the command to "Love one another" exemplified in the Foot Washing. Music must revolve around these themes. There is an abundance of traditional music for today's liturgy: Pange lingua, Ubi caritas, Nos autem. Use these together with standard hymns and choral pieces to put this liturgy at the center of Catholic Eucharistic theology.

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