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The Third Sunday of Lent (C)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Oculi mei [Graduale Romanum, p.96]
    2. Oculi mei [Gregorian Missal, p.252]
    3. Oculi mei [Graduale simplex, p.96]
    4. Oculi mei (Estêvão Lopes Morago)
    5. Dum sanctificatus fuero [Graduale Romanum, p.249]
    6. Dum sanctificatus fuero [Gregorian Missal, p.391]
    7. My eyes are forever turned toward the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.68 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    8. My eyes are ever fixed on the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.54 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. When I vindicate my holiness [Simple English Propers, p.69 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    10. My eyes are always on the Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.919 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. I will prove my holiness through you [Simple Choral Gradual, p.55 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    12. My Eyes Are Fixed on God [tune: Saint Bride] from Introit Hymns #17 (Christoph Tietze)
    13. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Exsurge Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.96]
    2. Exsurge Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.254] 
    3. Exsurge Domine (Alessandro Scarlatti)
    4. Festina in adiutorium meum [Graduale simplex, p.97]
    5. Miserere nostri Domine [Graduale simplex, p.98]
    6. Miserere nostri Domine (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Ascanio Trombetti)
    7. Chabanel Psalmody
    8. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    9. Common Psalms for Schools & Parishes (Thomas Cosley)
  • Tract (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Ad te levavi oculos meos [Graduale Romanum, p.97]
    2. Ad te levavi oculos meos [Gregorian Missal, p.255]
    3. Ad te levavi oculos meos (G.P. da Palestrina, Jeffrey Quick, Ascanio Trombetti)
    4. Non in solo pane [Graduale simplex, p.99]
    5. Qui confidunt in Domino [Graduale simplex, p.99]
    6. Qui confidunt in Domino (Krystof Harant)
  • Offertory:
    1. Iustitiæ Domini [Graduale Romanum, p.309]
    2. Iustitiæ Domini [Gregorian Missal, p.256] 
    3. Iustitiæ Domini (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Alessandro Scarlatti)
    4. Frange esurienti [Graduale simplex, p.100]
    5. The ordinances of the Lord are right [Simple English Propers, p.70 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. The judgments of the Lord are right [Lumen Christi Missal, p.919 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. Sweeter are they than honey [Simple Choral Gradual, p.56 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Communion:
    1. (B/C) Passer invenit [Graduale Romanum, p.306]
    2. (B/C) Passer invenit [Gregorian Missal, p.502]
    3. Illuminatio mea [Graduale simplex, p.101]
    4. Qui biberit aquam [Communio, p.211 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. The sparrow has found herself a home [Simple English Propers, p.71 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Whoever drinks the water [Choral Communio, p.32 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. For anyone who drinks it [Lumen Christi Missal, p.920 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Blessed are they who dwell [Lumen Christi Missal, p.920 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. The sparrow even finds a home [Simple Choral Gradual, p.58 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    10. Whoever drinks the water [Simple Choral Gradual, p.57 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    11. 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


  • All Who Believe and Are Baptized (CD #862)
  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (WIII #617, HPSC #128, ICEL #183, CBW #542, CH #485, AH #561, CHB #209, SMH #255, EH #384, VII #306)
  • Come and Let Us Drink of That New River (WIII #723, HH #123, CH #351)
  • Hail the Sign, the Cross of Jesus (HPSC #177)
  • Hear Our Entreaties, Lord (AH #366, CH #238, ICEL #254, PMB #48, WIII #414, CHB #293)
  • I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (WIII #607, HPSC #192, ICEL #157, CH #453, AH #579, SMH #355, EH #424)
  • I Lift My Eyes to You, O Lord (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee (HPSC #191)
  • O God of Pity (HH #70)
  • O My Soul, Bless God the Father (HPSC #255, CH #459)
  • Rejoice, My Soul, and Bless the Lord (HPSC #286)
  • Sole Hope of All the World (CH #247)
  • The God of Abraham Praise (WIII #537, ICEL #239, HPSC #320)
  • The Perfect Law of God (HPSC #327)
  • There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (WIII #595, ICEL #52, PMB #54, AH #613, CH #535, CHB #268, SMH #575, EH #304)
  • You Have Looked upon the Lowly (PMB #60)
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 Christe (Antonio Lotti)
  • Ah, Holy Jesus (Stephen DeCesare)
  • Ave verum corpus (William Byrd, Edward Elgar, W.A. Mozart)
  • Ave verum corpus (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.1856]
  • Bless the Lord, O My Soul (M. Ippolitov-Ivanoff)
  • How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place from A German Requiem (Johannes Brahms)
  • Kyrie eleison from Missa secunda (Hans Leo Hassler)
  • O Lord, Increase My Faith (Orlando Gibbons)
  • Oculi mei (Gregorian chant) Proper Introit for Lent III [Graduale simplex, p.96]
  • Praise the Lord, O My Soul (Maurice Greene) [RSCM]
  • Psalm 84 (Paul Langston) [Howard Publications]
  • The God of Abraham Praise (Gerhard Krapf) [Augsburg]
  • Tristis est anima mea (G.B.Martini / ed. Andrea Angelini)
  • Turn Thee to Me (William Boyce) [Oxford]

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:

  • Christe, du Lamm Gottes (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Ein Lammlein geht in tragt die Schuld (Johann Pachelbel) from 80 Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • Ein Lammlein geht in tragt die Schuld (J.G. Walther) from The Church Organist's Golden Treasury, Vol.1 [Oliver Ditson Co.]
  • O Christ, Thou Lamb of God (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Lenten Season, Set 1 [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-300]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

God reveals himself to Moses in the flames of a burning bush. The awe and mystery of this situation prompts an interaction between God and man. The liturgy, also, prompts this interaction, as long as we maintain that sense of awe and mystery. Moses found God first in the Creator / creature relationship. This led to an effective ministerial relationship among the Israelites. Music which does not reflect these priorities (God first, us second) does a disservice to liturgy. We should not be singing about ourselves… we should sing to worship God.

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