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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Si iniquitates observaveris Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.350]
    2. Si iniquitates observaveris Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.566]
    3. Si iniquitates observaveris (Samuel Wesley)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. O Lord, if you were to take into account [Simple English Propers, p.319 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. If you, O Lord, laid bare our guilt [Simple Choral Gradual, p.237 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities [Lumen Christi Missal, p.943 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. If You Should Count Each Sinful Deed [tune: Erhalt uns Herr] from Introit Hymns 66 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. (B/C) Ecce quam bonum [Graduale Romanum, p.351]
    2. (B/C) Ecce quam bonum [Gregorian Missal, p.567]
    3. Ecce quam bonum (William Byrd, Hans Leo Hassler)
    4. Behold, How Good and Joyful (William Lawes, Samuel Wesley)
    5. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. Chabanel Psalmody
    7. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Qui timent Dominum [Graduale Romanum, p.352]
    2. Qui timent Dominum [Gregorian Missal, p.568]
    3. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Recordare mei, Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.352]
    2. Recordare mei, Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.569]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. Remember me, O Lord [Simple English Propers, p.320 (Adam Bartlett)]
    5. Remember me, Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.238 (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. Aufer a me opprobrium et contemptum [Graduale Romanum, p.353]
    2. Aufer a me opprobrium et contemptum [Gregorian Missal, p.570]
    3. Aufer a me opprobrium et contemptum [Communio, p.8 (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. Remove from me all scorn and contempt [Simple English Propers, p.321 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. Remove from me all scorn and contempt [Choral Communio, p.174 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. The rich suffer want and go hungry [Simple Choral Gradual, p.239 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. When the Lord is revealed [Simple Choral Gradual, p.240 (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


  • All Glory Be to God on High (CD #909, HPSC #104, WIII #527, SMH #199)
  • All Your Glory, God Almighty (HH #174)
  • Before All Creation (CH #653)
  • Christ Is the World's Light (CBW #543, HPSC #130, WIII #543, CD #897, EH #258)
  • Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer (ICEL #184)
  • For the Healing of the Nations (WIII #643)
  • Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go (WIII #627, HPSC #160, CBW #550, CH #641, CD #895, CBW #550)
  • Gift of Finest Wheat (WIII #736, HPSC #360, PMB #665, CBW #570, CH #389, SMH #302)
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God (WIII #502, ICEL #228, HPSC #197, AH #616, CH #565, SMH #359, VII #218)
  • Most Ancient of All Mysteries (AH #617, VII #256)
  • Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens, Adore Him (WIII #529, ICEL #243, HPSC #282, PMB #662, CBW #656, CH #573, CHB #259)
  • Thy Strong Word Didst Cleave the Darkness (WIII #511, HH #206)
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

  • Adoramus te Domine (Palestrina)
  • But the Lord Is Mindful of His Own (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Cantate Domino (G.O. Pitoni)
  • Ego sum panis vivus (Padre Martini) [GIA Publications]
  • Estote fortes (Luca Marenzio, ed. Andrea Angelini)
  • Propter magnam gloriam from Gloria in D (Antonio Vivaldi)
  • Psalm 98 (Heinrish Schütz) [G. Schirmer]
  • Salvator mundi (Thomas Tallis, ed. John Kenney)
  • Sing to the Lord A New Song (Johann Pachelbel) [Hinshaw]
  • Thanks Be to God (Felix Mendelssohn)

Organ Music

  • All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (Heinrich Fleischer) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Alleluya (William Faulkes) [A Victorian Organ Album - Oxford]
  • Almighty God, Thy Word Is Cast (Rolf Unkel) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Andantino (César Franck)
  • Chorale Fantasie on Lasst uns erfreuen (Flor Peeters) [Novello]
  • Chorale Prelude on Lobe den Herren (John Hebden Schaffner) [Organist's Companion, May 1999]
  • Chorale Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen(R. Evan Copley) [H.W. Gray]
  • Concerto IV (J.S. Bach)
  • Ellacombe (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, March 1999]
  • Fantasy on the tune Azmon (James Pethel) [Consoliere VII-3 - World Library Publ]
  • Festival Intrada on Ellacombe (Roger Bailey) [Consoliere V-2]
  • Festive Prelude on Coronation (Janet Correll) [Organist's Companion, March 1991]
  • Hymn Prelude on Gonfalon Royal (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Hymn Preludes for Ascension & Pentecost - Flammer]
  • Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Kyrie/Christe/Kyrie from Mass of the Parishes (François Couperin)
  • Lasst uns erfreuen (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, May 2001]
  • Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus (Gleshner)
  • Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (J.S. Bach)
  • 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]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Jan Bender) [Parish Organist, Part 9: Wedding Music - Concordia]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Autumn Festivals - Concordia 97-5360]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Paul Manz) [Five Hymn Improvisations for Wedding or General Use - Morning Star Music Publ 10-850]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Hymns of Praise - Morning Star Music Publ 10-750]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Piet Post) [Triptych for Organ - Augsburg]
  • Now Thank We All Our God (David Schack) [Nine Chorale Preludes - Concordia 97-5045]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.S. Bach) from Cantate No.79 [Mercury Music W-142; H.W. Gray Publ - St.Cec.No.868]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Joyce Jones Christmas Album]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, September 1995]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Sigfrid Karg-Elert) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (G.F. Kaufmann) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.C. Kellner) [Organist's Companion, September 1994]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (M.F.A. Koehler) [Organist's Companion, October 1986]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Michael Krentz) [Organist's Companion, September 1991]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Selmar Müller) [Organist's Companion, October 1983]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.C. Oley) [Seasonal Chorale Preludes for Manuals, Bk 2 - Oxford]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Max Reger) [Thirty Short Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Nun danket alle Gott (J.E. Rembt) [Organist's Companion, September 1989]
  • O dass ich tausend (Don Freudenburg) [Organist's Companion, May 2002]
  • O dass ich tausend Zungen hatte (Max Reger) [Thirty Short Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • O for A Thousand Tongues (Burton Isaac)
  • O for A Thousand Tongues (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Hymns of Praise - Morning Star Music Publ 10-750]
  • Offertoire sur les grand jeux (François Couperin)
  • Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Hymns of Praise - Morning Star Music Publ 10-750]
  • Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices (Hans-Arnold Metzger) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 1 - Concordia 97-5019]
  • Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices (Flor Peeters) [Thirty Chorale Preludes, Book 1 - Peters 6023]
  • Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices (Max Reger) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Partita on Lobe den Herren (Don Freudenberg) [Organist's Companion, June 1986]
  • Partita on Saint Magnus (Dennis R. Johnson) [Organist's Companion, March 1993]
  • Postlude on Lasst uns erfreuen (Gordon Young) [Collage for Organ - Flammer HF-5011]
  • 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 and Chorale: Now Thank We All Our God (G.F. Kauffmann) [Consoliere IV-4 - World Library Publ]
  • Prelude in the Viennese Classical Style on Mozart (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, September 2000]
  • Prelude on Aurelia (James Pethel) [Consoliere V-2]
  • Prelude on Azmon (Robert Hobby) [Three Hymns of Praise, Set 6 - Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Prelude on Coronation (Edward Mead) [Three Preludes]
  • Prelude on Duke Street (Robert Powell)
  • Prelude on Ellacombe (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, March 1991 - McAfee Music Corp]
  • Prelude on Lasst uns erfreuen (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, June 1980]
  • Processional (Martin Shaw)
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Johannes Brahms)
  • Sonata in E-flat Major (J.S. Bach)
  • The Church's One Foundation (Paul Bunjes) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • The Church's One Foundation (James Mansfield) [Organist, July 1982]
  • The Church's One Foundation (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 3 - Concordia 97-5702]
  • The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns (Wayne Barlow) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • The Kingsfold Trumpet (Alfred Fedak)
  • Three Pieces for Chamadron (Michael Starke)
  • Thy Strong Word Didst Cleave the Darkness (Paul Manz)
  • Toccata on Lobe den Herren (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Variations on Dundee (George Blake) [Organist's Companion, July 2000]
  • Variations on Ellacombe [Organist's Companion, September 1996]
  • Variations on Lasst uns erfreuen (Thomas Bohlert) [Organist's Companion, June 1988]
  • Versets on Aurelia (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, September 1994]

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 Eucharist?

The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the very heart of the Mass. Using one of the approved Eucharistic prayers, the priest prays over the gifts, asks the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon them, recites the narrative of consecration, elevates the host and cup for the faithful to reverence and proceeds to call to mind the passion, resurrection and glorious return of the Lord Jesus. In this sacred, sacramental action the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ and we, through our participation in this mystery of faith, share spiritually in Jesus' death and resurrection. Saint Justin describes this great prayer of thanksgiving and then notes "when he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all present give voice to an acclamation by saying: 'Amen.'"

In describing the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Catechism tells us that

We carry out this command of the Lord by celebrating the memorial of his sacrifice. In so doing, we offer to the Father what he has himself given us: the gifts of his creation, bread and wine which, by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the words of Christ, have become the body and blood of Christ. Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present (1357).

Then comes the communion of the Body and Blood of Christ. We read in the General Instruction that at this point in the Mass "the priest then shows the eucharistic bread for communion to the faithful and with them recites the prayer of humility in words from the Gospels. It is most desirable that the faithful receive the Lord's body from hosts consecrated at the same Mass and that, in the instances when it is permitted, they share in the chalice. Then even through the signs communion will stand out more clearly as a sharing in the sacrifice actually being offered" (Chapter Two, 5.6 g,h).

If we turn to the Catechism we read that "Holy Communion augments our union with Christ." The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. Indeed, the Lord said: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him" (Jn 6:56). Life in Christ has its foundation in the Eucharistic banquet: "As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me" (Jn 6:57) (1391).

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