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The First Sunday of Lent (C)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Invocabit me [Graduale Romanum, p.71]
    2. Invocabit me [Gregorian Missal, p.238]
    3. Tunc invocabis [Graduale simplex, p.90]
    4. When he calls to me, I will answer him [Simple English Propers, p.59 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. When he calls to me, I will answer [Simple Choral Gradual, p.46 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. When he calls on me [Lumen Christi Missal, p.916 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. When They Call in Tribulation [tune: In Babilone] from Introit Hymns #15 (Christoph Tietze)
    8. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Angelis suis [Graduale Romanum, p.72]
    2. Angelis suis [Gregorian Missal, p.239] 
    3. Scapulis suis obumbrabit [Graduale simplex, p.91]
    4. Lætatus sum [Graduale simplex, p.60]
    5. Ego dixit: Domine [Graduale simplex, p.92]
    6. Angelis suis (Manuel Cardoso, Johann Joseph Fux, Johann Michael Haydn)
    7. Scapulis suis (Johann Kaspar Aiblinger, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    8. Common Psalms for Schools & Parishes (Thomas Cosley)
  • Tract (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Qui habitat [Graduale Romanum, p.73]
    2. Qui habitat [Gregorian Missal, p.240]
    3. Vobis datum [Graduale simplex, p.93]
    4. Ego dixit: Domine [Graduale simplex, p.93]
    5. Vobis datum est (Marco Scacchi)
  • Offertory:
    1. Scapulis suis obumbrabit [Graduale Romanum, p.76]
    2. Scapulis suis obumbrabit [Gregorian Missal, p.244]
    3. Cum facis eleemosynam [Graduale simplex, p.94]
    4. Scapulis suis (Johann Kaspar Aiblinger, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    5. The Lord will overshadow you [Simple English Propers, p.60 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. The Lord will conceal you [Lumen Christi Missal, p.917 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. His faithfulness is buckler and shield [Simple Choral Gradual, p.47 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Communion:
    1. Scapulis suis obumbrabit [Graduale Romanum, p.77]
    2. Scapulis suis obumbrabit [Gregorian Missal, p.245]
    3. Scapulis suis obumbrabit [Communio, p.239 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Intellege clamorem [Graduale simplex, p.95]
    5. He will overshadow you with his pinions [Simple English Propers, p.61 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. He will overshadow you with his pinions [Choral Communio, p.28 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. Man does not live on bread alone [Simple Choral Gradual, p.48 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. The Lord will overshadow you [Simple Choral Gradual, p.49 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. The Lord will conceal you [Lumen Christi Missal, p.917 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Mass XVII (Adventus et Quadragesimæ)
    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

  • Again We Keep This Solemn Fast (WIII #420, HH #78)
  • Forty Days and Forty Nights (AH #362, CH #242, HH #73, ICEL #43, WIII #419, CHB #50, SMH #300, EH #55, VII #241)
  • God of Mercy and Compassion (CHB #51, CH #449)
  • I Lift My Eyes to You, O Lord (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days (WIII #417, ICEL #47, HH #65, AH #360, CHB #54, HPSC #212, SMH #407, EH #59, VII #240)
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (CH #258, HH #90, WIII #439, CHB #65, SMH #421)
  • Within the Shelter of the Lord (HPSC #353)
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

  • Attende Domine from Chant Booklet, Volume 2 (ed. Chris Bord)
  • Ave Regina coelorum (Gregorian chant) Proper Marian antiphon for Lent [Liber usualis, p.278]
  • Blest Are They (Handel / Hopson)
  • De profundis (W.A. Mozart)
  • He Shall Give His Angels Charge Over Thee (C.S. Lang) [Novello]
  • If Thou Shalt Confess with Thy Mouth (C.V. Stanfod) [Novello]
  • In Thee, O Lord (F.J. Haydn)
  • Invocabit me (Gregorian chant) Proper Introit for Lent I [Liber usualis, p.532]
  • Psalm 91 (Felix Mendelssohn) [Birchard]
  • Qui tollis (Antonio Caldara)
  • Thy Matchless Love (Alfred Fedak) [Selah Publishing Co]
  • Tristis est anima mea (G.B.Martini / ed. Andrea Angelini)
  • Voce mea (Giovanni Croce)

Organ Music

Rubrics indicate that the organ remain silent during Lent, except on Lætare Sunday or on other solemnities or festive days or at any time to accompany singing. Hence organ preludes and postludes should not be played (except on Lætare Sunday). Music for non-liturgical services might be chosen from the following:

  • Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott (J.S. Bach, J.N. Hanff, J.L. Krebs & J.G. Walther) from The Church Organist's Golden Treasury, Vol.1 [Oliver Ditson Co.]
  • Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort (J. G. Walther) from 80 Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • Hilf Gott, dass mir's gelinge (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Prelude on Saint Flavian (Healey Willan) from Ten Hymn Preludes, Set I [C.F. Peters Corp]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Ceremonial of Bishops recommends a penitential procession which may occur before a Sunday Mass during Lent. Today might be a good time to schedule one:

The people gather beforehand in a chapel or other suitable place outside the church. The celebrant puts on purple Mass vestments, perhaps with cope rather than chasuble. He goes to the gathering place accompanied by song. After the singing has ended, he greets the people, giving a brief introduction. Then with outstretched hands, he says an Collect on the mystery of the holy cross (Sept 14, on forgiveness of sins #40), or for the local church. He puts incense in the censer. As the deacon announces, "Let us go forth in peace," the procession to the church is formed and during it the Litany of the Saints is sung. Saints special to the local church may be inserted. When the procession reaches the church all go to their appointed places. The celebrant reverences the altar and incenses it. He than goes to the chair and exchanges cope for chasuble. The introductory rites of Mass are omitted. The celebrant prays the Collect and Mass continues as usual with the Liturgy of the Word.

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