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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. In voluntate tua, Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.346]
    2. In voluntate tua, Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.561]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. All things are submitted to your will [Simple English Propers, p.314 (Adam Bartlett)]
    5. O Lord, you have givn everything its place [Simple Choral Gradual, p.233 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Within your will, O Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.943 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. Lord, All Things Are Guided Still [tune: Salzburg] from Introit Hymns 65 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Domine refugium factus es nobis [Graduale Romanum, p.347]
    2. Domine refugium factus es nobis [Gregorian Missal, p.562]
    3. Domine refugium (Adam Gumpelzhaimer)
    4. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. In exitu Israel ex Ægypto [Graduale Romanum, p.348]
    2. In exitu Israel ex Ægypto [Gregorian Missal, p.563]
    3. In exitu Israel (Vincenzo Galilei, Samuel Wesley)
    4. When Israel Came Out of Egypt (William Byrd)
    5. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Vir erat in terra nomine Iob [Graduale Romanum, p.349]
    2. Vir erat in terra nomine Iob [Gregorian Missal, p.565]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. There was a man in the land of Hus [Simple English Propers, p.315 (Adam Bartlett)]
    5. There was once a man in the land [Simple Choral Gradual, p.234 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Choose one Offertory Antiphon from any of those suggested in #144-157 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.945-949 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. In salutari tuo anima mea [Graduale Romanum, p.350]
    2. In salutari tuo anima mea [Gregorian Missal, p.565]
    3. In salutari tuo anima mea [Communio, p.114 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. My soul aspires after your salvation [Simple English Propers, p.317 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. My soul aspires after your salvation [Choral Communio, p.171 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. The Lord is good to those who hope [Simple Choral Gradual, p.235 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Because there is one bread [Simple Choral Gradual, p.236 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. Choose one Communion Antiphon from any of those suggested in #158-186 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.949-956 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Masses VIII (De angelis) & XI (Orbis factor)
    2. Latin Gregorian Chant Masses XI (Orbis factor) & VIII (De angelis)
    3. Latin Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk)
    4. Latin Mass of Saint Jerome (Christopher Bord)
    5. Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians (Richard Connolly)
    6. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    7. Mass of the Angels (Richard J. Clark)
    8. Mass of the Redemption (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)
    9. Modal Mass (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)

Other liturgical music


  • Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life (WIII #569, CD #899, CH #532, SMH #270)
  • Father, within Your House Today (ICEL #150, WIII #743)
  • For the Beauty of the Earth (WIII #557, ICEL #225, HPSC #158, HH #163, CBW #624, PMB #125, CH #562, SMH #298, EH #296, VII #207)
  • For the Fruit of All Creation (HPSC #159, CD #876, CBW #678, PMB #155, WIII #562, SMH #299)
  • From All Who Dwell below the Skies (ICEL #224, WIII #521, HH #176, CH #563, EH #277)
  • How Happy You Who Fear the Lord (PMB #211)
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God (WIII #502, ICEL #228, HPSC #197, AH #616, CH #565, SMH #359, VII #218)
  • I Want to Walk As A Child of the Light (WIII #510)
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (CH #581, HPSC #203, WIII #525, SMH #386, EH #281, VII #224)
  • Let All Things Now Living (WIII #559, HPSC #208, CH #567, SMH #393)
  • Lord of All Hopefulness (WIII #568, CH #524, HH #226, CHB #239, SMH #406, EH #363)
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (ICEL #152, WIII #588, AH #470, CH #454, CHB #242, SMH #409, EH #479, VII #276)
  • O Father, All Creating (CD #900, ICEL #154, CH #405, WIII #744, CD #900, SMH #437)
  • O God, from Whom Mankind Derives Its Name (CD #901)
  • O God of Loveliness (PMB #136, ICEL #96, AH #608)
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past (HPSC #241, WIII #579, ICEL #237, CBW #640, CH #457, PMB #128, HH #169, AH #624, CHB #249, SMH #446, EH #289, VII #203)
  • Our Father By Whose Name (WIII #570, CH #621, EH #504)
  • Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow (ICEL #166, CBW #622, AH #521, PMB #206, EH #139)
  • Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (WIII #528, ICEL #246, HPSC #301, HH #203, SMH #527, VII #219)
  • Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord (HPSC #311, CD #846, CBW #638, CHB #264, WIII #534)
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

  • Ave verum corpus (Mozart, Byrd)
  • Blessed Be the Lord (Eugene Englert)
  • Cantate Domino (G.O. Pitoni)
  • From All That Dwell (Colin Brumby)
  • In Thee, O Lord, Have I Trusted (G.F. Handel)
  • Laudate Dominum from Solemn Vespers (W.A. Mozart)
  • Lord of Life (Michelangelo Grancini) [GIA Publications]
  • O Come and Sing unto the Lord (Eugene Englert) [GIA Publications]
  • O Domine Jesu (Palestrina)
  • O Lord, Increase My Faith (Orlando Gibbons, Henry Loosemore)
  • On God and Not on Human Trust (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Strengthen for Service, Lord (Richard Proulx) [The Augsburg Choirbook]
  • Suscepit Israel from Magnificat (J.S. Bach)
  • Venite exultemus Domino (J.P. Sweelinck) [Concordia]

Organ Music

  • Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (Georg Böhm)
  • Ave verum from Two Chant Meditations for Organ (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Campanile (Henri Mulet)
  • Chaconne for Flute or Violin and Organ (André Campra, ed. Gary Penkala)
  • Chorale Prelude on Lobe den Herren (John Hebden Schaffner) [Organist's Companion, May 1999]
  • Christ Is Our Cornerstone (George T. Miles) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Concert Variations on Old Hundredth (John Knowles Paine) [Collected Works]
  • Ellacombe (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, March 1999]
  • Festival Intrada on Ellacombe (Roger Bailey) [Consoliere V-2]
  • Five Versets on Old Hundredth (Henri Carol) [Consoliere IV-4]
  • Foundation: Harmonization and Variations (Robin Rokey) [Organist's Companion, May 2001]
  • Gott der Vater wohn uns bei (Samuel Scheidt)
  • Herr Gott, dich loben wir (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VI - Peters 245]
  • Herr Gott, dich loben wir (Johann Pachelebl) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co] [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Herr Gott, dich loben wir (J.G. Walther) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • How Firm a Foundation (Edward Broughton) [Organist, September 1981]
  • How Firm a Foundation (George Lachenauer) [Organist's Companion, May 1995]
  • Hymn Prelude on Gonfalon Royal (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Hymn Preludes for Ascension & Pentecost - Flammer]
  • Intonation on Old Hundredth (Jan Bender) [Organist's Companion, April 1984]
  • Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Lobe den Herren (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Lobe den Herren (J.G. Walther) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co] [Anthologia pro organo IV - Schott Frères]
  • Old Hundred (Dudley Buck) [Organist's Companion, May 1996]
  • Partita on Lobe den Herren (Don Freudenberg) [Organist's Companion, June 1986]
  • Partita on Old Hundredth (David Gell) [Organist's Companion, March 2001]
  • Partita on Old Hundredth (Dennis Johnson) [Organist's Companion, June 1987]
  • Partita on Old Hundredth (Kathleen Scheide) [Organist's Companion, July 1997]
  • Praise to the Lord (Calvin Hampton) [Organist's Companion, October 1986 - McAfee Music Corp]
  • Praise to the Lord (Paul Manz) [Five Improvisations for Wedding and General Use - Morning Star Music Publ 10-850]
  • Praise to the Lord (Friederich Zipp) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Prelude in c minor (Vincemt Lubeck)
  • Prelude in the Viennese Classical Style on Moazrt (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, September 2000]
  • Prelude on Ellacombe (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, March 1991]
  • Prelude on Engelberg (Robert Hobby) [Three Hymns of Praise, Set 2 - Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Prelude on Old Hundredth (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes, Set I - Peters 6011]
  • Processional (Martin Shaw)
  • Rendez à Dieu (Robert J. Powell) [Eleven Chorale Preludes on Hymn Tunes - Flammer]
  • Sortie (Alexandre Guilmant)
  • Toccata in e minor (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Toccata nel secondo tono (Giuseppi Guami)
  • Toccata on Darwall (Dennis R. Johnson) [Organist's Companion, July 1999]
  • Toccata on Lobe den Herren (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Toccata on Old Hundredth (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)
  • Variations on Ellacombe [Organist's Companion, September 1996]
  • Variations on Old Hundredth (Dorothy Sheets) [Organist's Companion, March 2000]
  • Verset and Postlude on Old Hundredth (Henri Carol) [Consoliere VII-3 - World Library Publ]
  • Voluntary on the Doxology: Old Hundredth (Henry Purcell)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The theology of the Eucharist is central to any understanding of liturgy, and close to the heart of Blessed John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The Catholic bishops of Pennsylvania have produced an excellent booklet called Questions and Answers on the Eucharist and have granted permission for us to reproduce excerpts here. Please contact the Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for copies of the full booklet, or to obtain permission to reproduce excerpts. The mailing address and website are found at the end of this page.

What is meant by the Liturgy of the Word in the celebration of the Eucharist?

The liturgy is divided into two parts; the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. On Sundays and solemn feast days there are three readings. The usual pattern is one reading from the Old Testament; one from the Acts, the Letters, or the Book of Revelation: and the third is always from one of the four gospels. On the weekday celebration there are normally two readings. The first is from either the Old Testament or the New Testament (other than the gospels); the second is from one of the gospels. Saint Justin writes, "The memoirs of the apostles and the writings of the prophets are read, as much as time permits" (1345).

In the instruction for the celebration of the Eucharist today, we read, "When the Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself is speaking to his people, and Christ, present in his own word, is proclaiming the Gospel" (General Instruction, Chapter Two, 9).

A significant integral part of the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word is the homily by the priest on the readings or some other element of the faith and life of the Church. Since so much in our culture changes rapidly, it is essential that the teaching of Christ be applied to circumstances of our day in a way that allows the believer to see the full implications of his or her profession of faith. The General Instruction tells us "the homily, as an integral part of the liturgy, increases the word's effectiveness" (Chapter Two, 9).

At this point in the liturgy, the creed is recited as a summary profession of our faith acknowledging what we have read as the word of God and announcing our adherence to the teaching of Christ and the profession of his Church so that we can proceed to celebrate worthily the Eucharist. The priest then invites the faithful to offer their prayers for the needs of the Church, the community and their personal concerns. This is called the prayer of the faithful [Universal Prayer].

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