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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. (C) Misereris omnium [Graduale Romanum, p.62]
    2. (C) Misereris omnium [Gregorian Missal, p.229]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. (C) Your mercy extends to all things [Simple English Propers, p.329 (Adam Bartlett)]
    5. Do not abandon me, Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.249 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Forsake me not, O Lord, my God [Lumen Christi Missal, p.944 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. (C) O Lord, Your Mercy Does Extend [tune: Erhalt uns Herr] from Introit Hymns 70 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Suscepimus, Deus, misericordiam [Graduale Romanum, p.360]
    2. Suscepimus, Deus, misericordiam [Gregorian Missal, p.582]
    3. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. Chabanel Psalmody
    5. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. (C) O quam bonus [Graduale Romanum, p.517]
    2. (C) O quam bonus [Gregorian Missal, p.583]
    3. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Benedic anima mea Domino [Graduale Romanum, p.362]
    2. Benedic anima mea Domino [Gregorian Missal, p.584]
    3. Benedic, anima mea, Domino (Orlando di Lasso, Claudin de Sermisy)
    4. Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Edward John Hopkins, Mikail Ippolitov-Ivanov)
    5. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. Bless the Lord, O my soul [Simple English Propers, p.331 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. My soul, give thanks to the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.250 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Choose one Offertory Antiphon from any of those suggested in #144-157 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.945-949 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. Notas mihi fecisti vias vitæ [Graduale Romanum, p.362]
    2. Notas mihi fecisti vias vitæ [Gregorian Missal, p.585]
    3. Notas mihi fecisti vias vitæ [Communio, p.166 (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. You have made known unto me [Simple English Propers, p.332 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. You have made known unto me [Choral Communio, p.180 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. Lord, you will show me the path of life [Simple Choral Gradual, p.251 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. As the living Father sent me [Simple Choral Gradual, p.252 (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 My Hope on God Is Founded (CD #923, CHB #200, CBW #667)
  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (HPSC #112, ICEL #130, WIII #737, CBW #536, AH #601, PMB #663, CH #504, CHB #112, SMH #213, EH #347, VII #277)
  • Christ's Church Shall Glory in His Power (WIII #616, CH #487)
  • Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether (CD #889, WIII #731)
  • God, My King, Thy Might Confessing (ICEL #226, CH #564, SMH #310, EH #280, VII #325)
  • God of Mercy, God of Grace (HPSC #169, CH #636, VII #212)
  • Hail, Redeemer, King Divine (CH #337, PMB #101, HPSC #173, HH #267, AH #482, SMH #331, CHB #142)
  • I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (WIII #607, HPSC #192, ICEL #157, CH #453, AH #579, SMH #355, EH #424)
  • In Christ There Is No East or West (WIII #607, HPSC #194, PMB #103, CBW #556, CH #650, SMH #365, EH #263)
  • 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 Nations, Grant Me Grace (WIII #602, CH #612)
  • Love Consecrated the Humblest Act (PMB #144)
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (ICEL #152, WIII #588, AH #470, CH #454, CHB #242, SMH #409, EH #479, VII #276)
  • O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (HPSC #237, EH #325)
  • O How Glorious, Full of Wonder (HPSC #243)
  • O Lord, You Are My God and King (HPSC #252)
  • Praise to the Lord (WIII #547, ICEL #245, HPSC #284, CH #592, PMB #122, CBW #653, AH #612, CHB #110, SMH #498, EH #279, VII #205)
  • Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless (CH #390, HPSC #294, ICEL #144, WIII #728, SMH #522, EH #213)
  • Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (WIII #528, ICEL #246, HPSC #301, HH #203, SMH #527, VII #219)
  • Sing Praise to Our Creator (PMB #112, AH #500, SMH #524)
  • Sing to the Lord A Joyful Song (WIII #532, PMB #134)
  • The God of Abraham Praise (WIII #537, ICEL #239, HPSC #320, EH #285)
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (WIII #609, ICEL #165, HPSC #324, AH #580, CH #460, CHB #265, SMH #563/4, EH #345, VII #269)
  • Those Who Love and Those Who Labor (WIII #632, CH #481)
  • To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King (CD #850, HPSC #336, WIII #497, CH #546, PMB #98, CBW #548, AH #480, SMH #580, VII #220)
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

  • Ash Grove (G. Winston Cassler) [Organist's Companion, October 1980]
  • Ash Grove (Paul R. Otte) [Organist's Companion, October 1988]
  • Cantabile (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • Chorale Prelude on Lobe den Herren (John Hebden Schaffner) [Organist's Companion, May 1999]
  • Chorale Prelude on Mit freuden zart (William J. Ross) [Organist's Companion, April 1988]
  • Contrapunctus I & II from The Art of the Fugue (J.S. Bach)
  • Cortège (Jacques Bonset)
  • Fantasie (César Franck)
  • Fantasy on the tune Azmon (James Pethel) [Consoliere VII-3 - World Library Publ]
  • Fugue II (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • God of Grace (Paul Manz) [Five Hymn Improvisations for Wedding & General Use - Morning Star Music Publ 10-850]
  • Hyfrydol (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, November 1999]
  • Hymn Prelude on Gonfalon Royal (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Hymn Preludes for Ascension & Pentecost - Flammer]
  • Hymn to Joy (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Intonation and Canzona in d minor (Michael Starke)
  • Introduction and Processional for the Wedding Day (Gilbert Martin) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • 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]
  • Lord of Glory, Who Hast Brought Us (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Great Hymns of Faith - Morning Star Music Publ 10-839]
  • Lord of Glory, Who Hast Brought Us (David Schack) [Nine Chorale Preludes - Concordia 97-5045]
  • Meditation on Saint Columba (Edward G. Mead) [Consoliere VII-2 - World Library Publ]
  • 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]
  • Partita on Hymn to Joy (Charles Callahan) [Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Partita on Lobe den Herren (Don Freudenberg) [Organist's Companion, June 1986]
  • Partita on Mit freuden zart (Gerhard Krapf) [Concordia 97-4689]
  • Postlude on Hymn to Joy (Gordon Young) [Seven Chorale Preludes]
  • Praise to the Lord (Calvin Hampton) [Organist's Companion, October 1986]
  • 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 Fugue in B-flat Major (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude founded on an Old Irish Church Melody (Charles Villiers Stanford) [Organist's Companion, July 1991]
  • Prelude on Azmon (Robert Hobby) [Three Hymns of Praise, Set 6 - Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Prelude on Cwm Rhondda (Don Freudenburg) [Organist's Companion, July 1992]
  • Prelude on Cwm Rhondda (Robert Hobby) [Three Hymns of Praise, Set 6 - Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Iteke Prins) [Organist's Companion, March 2002]
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes - Galaxy Music Corp]
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes, Set I - Peters 6011]
  • Prelude on Hymn to Joy (Michael Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Prelude on Leoni (Richard Proulx) [Augsburg]
  • Prelude on Agnes (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Meditations on Communion Hymns - Flammer]
  • Prelude on Saint Agnes (Gordon Young) [Collage for Organ - Flammer HF-5011]
  • Prelude on Saint Columba (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Meditations on Communion Hymns - Flammer]
  • Prelude on Saint Columba (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes, Set I - Peters 6011]
  • Processional (Martin Shaw)
  • Processional on Hymn to Joy (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, August 1986]
  • Saint Columba (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, July 2001]
  • Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (David Brensinger) [Organist's Companion, March 1995]
  • Solemn Prelude on Leoni (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, July 1989]
  • Sonata II (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • The God of Abraham Praise (Fritz Lubrich) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, June 1984]
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Gerhard Krapf) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Robin Milford) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • The Kingsfold Trumpet (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, August 1987]
  • Three Pieces for Chamadron (Michael Starke)
  • To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King (Edwin Fissinger) [Six Soft Pieces - WLSM 0-587]
  • Toccata and Variation on Hyfrydol (Gordon Young) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • Toccata on Lobe den Herren (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Tuba Tune in D Major (C.S Lang)
  • Variations on a Theme by Beethoven (Joseph Lowe) [Organist's Companion, June 1985]
  • With High Delight (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 2 - Concordia 97-5385]

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.

How should I prepare myself to receive the Eucharist?

In a tradition that is enjoying a resurgence in many parishes, a number of people are once again coming to church early to prepare themselves quietly for the spiritual experience of the Eucharistic Liturgy and the reception of our Lord in communion. This is one small practice that each of us can adopt as a way of strengthening our own faith and appreciating more deeply the mystery we are invited to enter as we approach the presence of God with us in the Eucharist. Those few minutes of quiet preparation have the spiritual effect of making our heart "an avenue for the Lord." All it takes is a little time to recollect our thoughts, recall what we are doing and thank God for the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

Is everyone permitted to receive the Eucharist?

Often at weddings, funerals and other religious occasions where those who do not share our faith are present there is the temptation among those present to try to avoid any type of awkwardness by inviting non-Catholics to receive the Eucharist. Those who are not in full communion with the Church, however, are not permitted to participate at the table of the Lord as if they were full members, sharers in the full sacramental life of the Church. Reception of communion creates the public perception that the one receiving the Lord is in full unity with the Catholic Church. Guidelines for the reception of communion have been approved by the United States Bishops.

To help both Catholics and those who do not share our faith respond appropriately, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued guidelines for receiving holy communion. These remind Catholics of the need to be properly disposed, to maintain a fast for at least one hour before reception of holy communion and to seek to live in charity and love with their neighbors. For other Christians, the text points out that

it is a consequence of the sad divisions of Christianity that we cannot extend to them a general invitation to receive communion. Catholics believe that the Eucharist is an action of the celebrating community signifying a oneness in faith, life and worship of the community. Reception of the Eucharist by Christians not fully united with us would imply a oneness which does not yet exist and for which we must all pray.

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