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The Fifth Sunday of Lent (C)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Iudica me Deus [Graduale Romanum, p.120]
    2. Iudica me Deus [Gregorian Missal, p.265]
    3. Iudica me Deus (Andrea Gabrieli)
    4. Judica me Deus (G. Gorczycki) [GIA Publications]
    5. Deus meus eripe [Graduale simplex, p.108]
    6. Vindicate me, O God [Simple English Propers, p.83 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    7. Give me justice, O God [Lumen Christi Missal, p.922 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Give me justice, O God [Simple Choral Gradual, p.64 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. Give Judgment, Lord My Savior [tune: Passion Chorale] from Introit Hymns #19 (Christoph Tietze)
    10. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Eripe me, Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.121]
    2. Eripe me, Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.266] 
    3. Ad defensionem meam [Graduale simplex, p.109]
    4. Sæpe expugnaverunt [Graduale simplex, p.110]
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    7. Common Psalms for Schools & Parishes (Thomas Cosley)
  • Tract (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Sæpe expugnaverunt [Graduale Romanum, p.122]
    2. Sæpe expugnaverunt [Gregorian Missal, p.268]
    3. Amen, amen, dico vobis [Graduale simplex, p.111]
    4. Sæpe expugnaverunt [Graduale simplex, p.112]
  • Offertory:
    1. Confitebor tibi [Graduale Romanum, p.123]
    2. Confitebor tibi [Gregorian Missal, p.269] 
    3. Iudica causam meam [Graduale simplex, p.112]
    4. I will praise you, O Lord [Simple English Propers, p.84 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    5. I will praise you, O Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.922 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    6. By your word revive me [Simple Choral Gradual, p.65 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
  • Communion:
    1. (C) Nemo te condemnavit, mulier? [Graduale Romanum, p.124]
    2. (C) Nemo te condemnavit, mulier? [Gregorian Missal, p.272]
    3. Pater, si non potest [Graduale simplex, p.112]
    4. (C) Nemo te condemnavit, mulier? [Communio, p.162 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. When the Lord saw the sisters of Lazarus [Simple English Propers, p.86 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Woman, has no one condemned you? [Choral Communio, p.44 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. He who lives and believes [Simple Choral Gradual, p.66 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Woman, has no one condemned you? [Simple English Propers, p.87 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    9. Has no one condemned you, woman? [Lumen Christi Missal, p.923 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. I tell you solemnly [Simple Choral Gradual, p.67 (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


  • Behold the Royal Cross on High (HH #88)
  • Eternal Lord of Love (HH #79)
  • Father Almighty, Pour on Us Thy Blessing (HPSC #153)
  • Father of Mercy, God of Consolation (HPSC #155, ICEL #333, CH #409, CHB #216, EH #238)
  • Forgive Our Sins (WIII #754, CBW #684)
  • Grant to Us, O Lord (PMB #147, CH #465)
  • I Lift My Eyes to You, O Lord (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Lift High the Cross (WIII #704, HPSC #207, CD #847, PMB #56, HH #268, CBW #545, CH #542, AH #606, SMH #398, VII #244)
  • Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth (CH #617, WIII #438, HH #99, EH #522)
  • O Cross of Christ (PMB #46, HH #91, CH #254, AH #361, CBW #483)
  • O God, beyond All Praising (WIII #579, HH #199, SMH #444)
  • O Sacred Head Surrounded (AH #403, CBW #491, CH #259, HH #93, HPSC #248, ICEL #57, PMB #50, WIII #434, CHB #67, SMH #464, EH #75, VII #245)
  • The Great Creator of the Worlds (HPSC #322, EH #298)
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

  • Ah, Holy Jesus (Stephen DeCesare)
  • Caligaverunt oculi mei (Victoria / Angelini)
  • Cast Thy Burden from Elijah (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Crucifixus (J.S. Bach, F.J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart)
  • De profundis (W.A. Mozart)
  • Give Sentence with Me, O God (Henry Purcell) [Novello]
  • I Am the Resurrection (Thomas Morley) [Concordia]
  • I Am the Resurrection (Heinrich Schütz) [Peters]
  • Judge Me, O God (Felix Mendelssohn) [Oxford]
  • Judge and Defend My Cause, O Lord (John Smith)
  • Judica me Deus (G. Gorczycki) [GIA Publications]
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book I (Colin Brumby)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book II (Colin Brumby)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book III (Colin Brumby)
  • O Crux spes unica (T.L. de Victoria)
  • O My People (Colin Brumby)
  • Processional Psalm for Lent (Richard Proulx) [GIA Publications]
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs from Messiah (G.F Handel)
  • Stabat Mater (Jonathan Kregor)
  • They Who Grieving Soweth (J.H. Schein) [Bourne]
  • Tristis est anima mea (Martini / Angelini)
  • Vexilla Regis prodeunt (Gregorian chant) Proper Vesper Hymn for Lent V [Liber usualis, p.575]
  • Wash Me, O Lord God (G.B. Pergolesi)
  • We Should Glory in the Cross (Rev. Thomas Buffer)
  • When Jesus Wept (William Billings)
  • When the Lord Turned Again (Adrian Batten) [Oxford]
  • When the Lord Turned Again (William Billings)
  • Without Fire, There Is No Burning (David Ashley White) [Selah Publishing Co]
  • Wondrous Love (arr. Douglas Wagner)

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:

  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen; (Johannes Brahms) from 11 Chorale Preludes
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (J.G. Walther & D. Buxtehude) from 80 Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • Herzlich tut mich verlangen (F.W. Zachau) from The Church Organist's Golden Treasury, Vol.2 [Oliver Ditson Co.]
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (Moritz Brosig)
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (Adolph Hesse)
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (F.W. Marpurg) from 21 Chorale Preludes [Augsburg]
  • O Haupt voll blut und wunden (Max Reger) from 30 Kleine Choralvorspiele [C.F. Peters #3980]
  • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (Johann Pachelbel) from 80 Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
  • O Sacred Head Now Wounded (John Hebden Schaffner)
  • Passion Chorale (Jan Bender)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Musicians who favor one style exclusively, be it traditional or contemporary, run the risk of thinking like the "stone-throwers" in today's Gospel. Liturgists and musicians, while always being faithful to Church guidelines and rubrics, have much leeway in choosing options and music for particular celebrations. We cannot choose one style and condemn another (i.e. "throw stones") — everyone worships in his own way. What we can do is be absolutely sure that music chosen shares liturgy's high ideals: the glorification of God and the edification of his people. Good liturgical music (of whatever style) is not about "us" — it's about God!

A related countertheme may also be developed: today was previously called "Passion Sunday." There are remnants of that title in the prayers and preface of today's Mass. Music may begin a shift today, looking toward the sufferings of Christ.

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