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Music Suggestions
The Nativity of the Lord – Mass during the Night [Midnight Mass] (ABC)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • A Child Is Born in Bethlehem (HH #42, HPSC #99, WIII #384)
  • Angels We Have Heard on High (AH #323, CBW #463, CH #219, HPSC #113, PMB #34, WIII #376, CHB #15, SMH #222, EH #42)
  • Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light (HPSC #126, EH #25)
  • Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (AH #325, CBW #462, CH #222, HPSC #182, ICEL #20, PMB #37, WIII #387, CHB #21, SMH #338, EH #27, VII #230)
  • I Proclaim the Lord's Decree [tune: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland] from Introit Hymns #6 (Christoph Tietze)
  • In the Bleak Mid-winter (CH #193, CHB #23, SMH #366, EH #44)
  • It Came upon the Midnight Clear (PMB #30,WIII #400, AH #335, CH #195, CHB #25, SMH #371, EH #19)
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful (AH #322, CBW #458, CH #225, HPSC #235, ICEL #23, PMB #25, WIII #392, CHB #13, SMH #436, EH #12, VII #231)
  • On Christmas Night (ICEL #26, CHB #29)
  • Tell Me, Shepherd (CD #805)
  • The Living Light of Heaven (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • The Lord Announced His Just Decree [tune: Forest Green] from Introit Hymns #89 (Christoph Tietze)
  • While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (AH #332, CH #199, ICEL #28, WIII #382, CHB #40, SMH #613, EH #13)
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 2003, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

Organ Music

  • Adeste fidelis (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, December 1982]
  • Adeste fidelis with Variations (Thomas Adams) [Organist's Companion, November 1992]
  • All Glory Be to God on High (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for Pentecost and Trinity Sunday [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-500]
  • Angels We Have Heard on High (Ronald Arnatt) [Preludes for Hymns in Worship Supplement I]
  • Angels We Have Heard on High (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 2 - Concordia 97-5385]
  • Angels We Have Heard on High (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 4 - Concordia 97-6013]
  • Berceuse: It Came upon a Midnight Clear (Mary Gifford) [Organist's Companion, November 1998]
  • Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light (F.W. Marpurg) [Twenty-one Chorale Preludes - Augsburg]
  • Chorale Prelude on Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (Bill Cain) [Organist's Companion, November 2001]
  • Concerto for Organ & Strings (Michael J. Starke)
  • Fanfare on Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (Alec Wyton) [Preludes, Fanfares & a March for the Liturgical Year - Flammer]
  • Fanfare on Mendelssohn (Gordon Young) [Ten Christmas Organ Voluntaries - Presser]
  • Fanfare on Mendelssohn (Martin Setchell)
  • Fanfare-Toccata on Mendelssohnfor Organ and Brass (J. William Greene) [Choral Web]
  • Festive Processionals for Organ & Brass (Calvert Shenk)
  • Gloria from Two Christmastide Preludes for Manuals (Donna Robertson)
  • Gloria in excelsis Deo (Max Reger)
  • Gloria for the Flutes (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, December 1980]
  • In dulci jubilo from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful (Sigvart Hofland) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Prelude & Postlude on Jesu Redemptor omnium (Jonathan Hellerman)
  • Prelude on This Endris Nyght (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes for Organ, Set II - Peters]
  • Postlude from Messe basse (Camil van Hulse)
  • Postlude on Adeste fidelis (Gordon Young) [Ten Christmas Organ Voluntaries - Presser]
  • Puer natus in Bethlehem (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein]
  • Puer natus in Bethlehem (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Joyce Jones Christmas Collection - Bradley Publ]
  • Puer natus in Bethlehem (G.F. Kauffmann) [Organist's Companion, November 1991]
  • Stille Nacht from Seven Preludes for the Church Year (Donna Robertson)
  • Three Preludes for the Christmas Cycle (Robert Farrell)
  • To Shepherds As They Watched by Night (Charles Ore) from 11 Compositions, Set I
  • Variations on Adeste fidelis (Raynor Taylor) [A Century of Amercian Organ Music, Bk 1]
  • Variations on The Echo Carol (Stephen Rohde) [Organist's Companion, November 1988]
  • Vom Himmel kam der Engel schaar (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Midnight Mass attracts the largest number of curious non-Catholics of any celebration. Make the music and the liturgy dignified and memorable. A Service of Lessons and Carols might precede the Mass. Begin the procession in darkness (with many candles) — switch on the lights when the ministers reach the altar and sing a familiar carol with the congregation. More ideas may be found on our "Musical Musings" page: [see the article A Narrower Christmas]

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