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Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Opening Antiphon:
    1. Hosanna filio David (Gregorian chant) [Roman Missal]
    2. Hosanna filio David [Graduale Romanum, p.137]
    3. Hosanna filio David [Gregorian Missal, p.272]
    4. Hosanna filio David [Graduale simplex, p.115]
    5. Hosanna filio David (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.578]
    6. Hosanna to the Son of David [Simple English Propers, p.89 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    7. Hosanna to the Son of David [Simple Choral Gradual, p.69 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Fanfare for Palm Sunday (Richard Proulx) [GIA Publications]
    9. Hosanna to the Son of David (Gregorian chant) [Roman Missal]
    10. Hosanna Filio David (Franz Schubert, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
    11. Dominica in Palmis (Leitner)
    12. Palm Sunday Processional (Johannes Somary)
    13. Hosanna to the Son of David (John Baptiste Calkin, Luc Jakobs, Thomas Weelkes)
    14. Hosanna to the Son of David (Orlando Gibbons) [H.W. Gray]
  • Processional Antiphons:
    1. Pueri Hebraeorum, portantes [Graduale Romanum, p.138]
    2. Pueri Hebraeorum vestimenta [Graduale Romanum, p.140]
    3. Pueri Hebraeorum, portantes [Gregorian Missal, p.274]
    4. Pueri Hebraeorum vestimenta [Gregorian Missal, p.274]
    5. Pueri Hebraeorum, portantes [Graduale simplex, p.116]
    6. Pueri Hebraeorum vestimenta [Graduale simplex, p.118]
    7. Pueri Hebraeorum (Franz Schubert, G.P. da Palestrina, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
    8. Dominica in Palmis (Leitner)
    9. Palm Sunday Processional (Johannes Somary)
    10. The children of Jerusalem [Simple Choral Gradual, p.70 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
  • Hymn to Christ the King:
    1. Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit... [Graduale Romanum, p.141]
    2. Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit... [Gregorian Missal, p.275]
    3. Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit... [Graduale simplex, p.119]
    4. Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit (Christopher Tye)
    5. All Glory, Laud and Honor, see hymnals below
    6. All glory, laud and honor (Gustav Holst)
    7. All Glory, Laud and Honor (Bach / Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Responsory on Entry into Church:
    1. Ingrediente Domino [Graduale Romanum, p.143]
    2. Ingrediente Domino [Gregorian Missal, p.277]
    3. Ingrediente Domino (Cristóbal de Morales)
    4. Hosanna in excelsis: benedictus [Graduale simplex, p.121]
    5. Hosanna, Blessed Is He Who Comes (Constantin Dedekind)
  • Entrance Antiphon:
    1. Six days before the Passover... [Roman Missal]
    2. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Tract (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Deus, Deus meus [Graduale Romanum, p.144]
    2. Deus, Deus meus [Gregorian Missal, p.278]
    3. Deus, Deus meus (Andrea Gabrieli, Giovanni Gabrieli, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    4. Tu autem, Domine [Graduale simplex, p.109]
    5. Saepe expugnaverunt [Graduale simplex, p.110]
  • Gradual (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Christus factus est [Graduale Romanum, p.148]
    2. Christus factus est [Gregorian Missal, p.282]
    3. Amen, amen, dico vobis [Graduale simplex, p.111]
    4. Saepe expugnaverunt [Graduale simplex, p.112]
    5. Christus factus est (Felice Anerio, Anton Bruckner, Francesco Durante, G.P. da Palestrina)
  • Offertory:
    1. Improperium exspectavit [Graduale Romanum, p.148]
    2. Improperium exspectavit [Gregorian Missal, p.283]
    3. Improperium expectavit (Pompeo Cannicciari, Giovanni Battista Casali, Giovanni Giorgi)
    4. Iudica causam meam [Graduale simplex, p.112]
    5. My heart awaited reproach and misery [Simple English Propers, p.90 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. For food they gave me poison [Simple Choral Gradual, p.72 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Communion:
    1. Pater, si non potest [Graduale Romanum, p.149]
    2. Pater, si non potest [Gregorian Missal, p.285]
    3. Pater, si non potest [Graduale simplex, p.113]
    4. Father, if this cup cannot pass away [Simple English Propers, p.91 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. Father, if this cup may not pass [Simple Choral Gradual, p.73 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • 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

Hymns

  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (AH #383, CBW #486, CH #256, HPSC #105, ICEL #55, PMB #41, WIII #428, CHB #60, SMH #200, EH #62)
  • Behold the Royal Cross on High (HH #88)
  • Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates! (AH #485, HH #19, HPSC #211, ICEL #7, WIII #363, SMH #399, EH #484)
  • If This World Should Pass Away (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (CH #258, HH #90, WIII #439, CHB #65, SMH #421)
  • O Cross of Christ (PMB #46, HH #91, CH #254, AH #361, CBW #483)
  • 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)
  • Ride On, Ride On in Majesty (AH #382, HH #97, CHB #68, SMH #511, EH #64)
  • Salvator mundi (WIII #425)
  • Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle (AH #404, CBW #583, CH #364, HPSC #298, ICEL #145, WIII #437, CHB #69, EH #66)
  • The Royal Banners Forward Go (WIII #435, HPSC #328, AH #381, CHB #70, EH #63)
  • Think of the Son of God (HPSC #330)
  • Were You There? (PMB #51, ICEL #61, WIII #436, CBW #493, CH #262, SMH #602, EH #80)
  • When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (ICEL #63, WIII #433, CH #263, PMB #53, CBW #489, CHB #72, SMH #609/10, EH #337)
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

  • A Lenten Meditation (Gardner)
  • Ah, Holy Jesus (Stephen DeCesare)
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (Bach / Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • At the Name of Jesus (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Oxford]
  • By Thy Glorious Death (Antonin Dvorak)
  • Caligaverunt oculi mei (Victoria / Angelini)
  • Christus factus est (Felice Anerio, Anton Bruckner, Francesco Durante, G.P. da Palestrina)
  • Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani (Richard Clark)
  • Fanfare for Palm Sunday (Richard Proulx) [GIA Publications]
  • God So Loved the World from The Crucifixion (John Stainer)
  • Heilig (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Hosanna, Blessed Is He Who Comes (Constantin Dedekind)
  • Hosanna filio David (Gregorian chant) Proper Antiphon for Palm Sunday [Graduale simplex, p.115; Liber usualis, p.578]
  • Hosanna in the Highest (Richard Frey) [AMSI] antiphonal
  • Hosanna to the Son of David (Orlando Gibbons) [H.W. Gray]
  • Hosianna (Christian Gregor) [Choristers Guild] antiphonal
  • Hosianna, dem Sohne David (Georg Philipp Telemann)
  • In monte Olivetti (Anton Bruckner, Giovanni Croce, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Marc Antonio Ingegneri, Orlando di Lasso, G.B. Martini, Franz Schubert)
  • In nomine Jesu (Jacob Handl) [GIA Publications]
  • Miserere mei Domine (Calvert Shenk)
  • My God, My God, Look upon Me (Maurice Greene) [Broude]
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book I (Colin Brumby)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book II (Colin Brumby)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book III (Colin Brumby)
  • O crux spes unica (T.L. de Victoria)
  • O My People (Colin Brumby)
  • O vos omnes (Giovanni Croce)
  • Per signum crucis; (Francesco Durante)
  • Salvator mundi (Tallis / Kenney)
  • Seven Last Words of Christ (Gary Penkala)
  • Song of Christ's Glory (Alan Smith)
  • Stabat Mater (Jonathan Kregor)
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs (R. Evan Copley)
  • Tenebræ facta sunt (Giovanni Croce, Orlando di Lasso, Michael Haydn, M.A. Ingegneri, Niccolo Jommelli, Leonardo Leo, G.B Martini, G.P. da Palestrina)
  • The Royal Banners (Richard Peek)
  • Tristis est anima mea (Martini / Angelini)
  • Vexilla Regis prodeunt (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 2
  • Vexilla Regis prodeunt (Gregorian chant) Proper Vesper Hymn for Lent V [Liber usualis, p.575]
  • We Should Glory in the Cross (Rev. Thomas Buffer)

Organ Music

The Roman Missal does not specifically exempt Palm Sunday by name from the rubric precluding solo organ music during Lent. The following organ music, then, should be played only for non-liturgical purposes (e.g. Stations, or concerts).

  • A Palm Sunday Processional on All Glory, Laud and Honor(Jan Bender [Concordia #97-1396]
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (Marcel Dupré)
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (Alexandre Guilmant)
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, April 1981]
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (G.F. Kaufmann) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (Robert Powell) [Organist's Companion, April 1984]
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, April 1985]
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (John Hebden Schaffner)
  • All Glory, Laud and Honor (David Stiver) [Organist's Companion, March 1995]
  • Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund (Samuel Scheidt)
  • Fanfare Prelude on All Glory, Laud and Honor (James Southbridge) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Fantasia super Valet will ich der geben (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
  • Fantasy on Vexilla regis prodeunt (John Bull) [Anthologia pro organo III]
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • Herzliebster Jesu (Johannes Brahms) from Eleven Chorale Preludes
  • Improvisation for Palm Sunday (Alexandre Guilmant) [The Sacred Organ Journal, Vol.12, No.4 - Lorenz]
  • Palm Sunday Processional on All Glory, Laud, and Honor (Jan Bender) [Concordia 97-1396
  • Palm Sunday: Saint Theodulph (Richard Elsasser) [The Christian Year - Sacred Songs Co.]
  • Partitia on Ein Lämmlein geht (Gerhard Krapf) [Concordia]
  • Prelude on King's Majesty (Graham George)
  • Prelude on King's Weston (David N. Johnson) [Augsburg]
  • Prelude on Vexilla regis (Flor Peeters, Ernst Pepping, Healey Willan)
  • Saint Theodulph (Robin Rokey) [Organist's Companion, March 2001]
  • The Royal Banners Forward Go (Wilbur Held) from A Suite of Passion Hymn Settings [Concordia 97-4843]
  • Valet will ich dir geben (J.S. Bach) Orgelwerke VII [C.F. Peters #246]
  • Valet will ich dir geben (J.S. Bach) arr. from Christus der ist mein Leben Church Organist's Golden Treasury III [Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Valet will ich dir geben (Colin Brumby) from Five Chorale Preludes CNP Catalog #6025
  • Valet will ich dir geben (G.F. Kaufmann) from Eighty Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • Valet will ich dir geben (Max Reger) from 30 Kleine Choralvorspiele [C.F. Peters #3980]
  • Variations on King's Weston (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, June 1985]
  • Vexilla regis (Everett Titcomb) [B.F. Wood]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

There are two distinct moods in today's liturgy. Mass begins with the triumphal Entrance into Jerusalem. By all means, precede this ritual action with a solemn, glorious organ prelude. Let the congregation hear the crowds shouting and waving palm branches. Continue this mood through the procession. Notice how things change with the Collect and the Liturgy of the Word. Now the emphasis is on the imminent passion and death of Christ. Music for the rest of Mass should reflect this theme. Notwithstanding our hopeful encouragement, most of the congregation will probably not see the church again until Easter Sunday. The second half of today's liturgy needs to be their "Good Friday." The liturgy might taper off to the events of Holy Week by omitting the final hymn, the ministers departing in silence.

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