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The Paschal Vigil (Holy Saturday) (EF)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Cantica post Lectiones: Tract I
    1. Cantémus Dómine [Liber Usualis p.745-746]
    2. Cantémus Dómine [Graduale Romanum p.239D-239E]
    3. Cantémus Dómine pg.16-18
  • Cantica post Lectiones: Tract II
    1. Vínea fácta est dilécto [Liber Usualis p.748-749]
    2. Vínea fácta est dilécto [Graduale Romanum p.239E-239F]
    3. Vínea fácta est dilécto pg.20-21
  • Cantica post Lectiones: Tract III
    1. Atténde cáelum et lóquar [Liber Usualis p.751-752]
    2. Atténde cáelum et lóquar [Graduale Romanum p.239F-239G]
    3. Atténde cáelum et lóquar pg.23-25
  • Cantica post Lectiones: Tract IV
    1. Sicut cérvus desíderat ad fóntes [Liber Usualis p.753-754]
    2. Sicut cérvus desíderat ad fóntes [Graduale Romanum p.239I-239J]
    3. Sicut cérvus desíderat ad fóntes pg.35-36
  • Litanarium Sanctorum:
    1. [Liber usualis, p.756-759]
    2. [Graduale Romanum p.239G-239I,239J-239K]
    3. Pg. 26-28,39-40
  • Ad Missam: Alleluia
    1. Confitémini Dómino [Liber usualis, p.759]
    2. Confitémini Dómino [Graduale Romanum p.239L]
    3. Confitémini Dómino Pg. 43
  • Ad Missam: Tract
    1. Laudáte Dóminum ómnes géntes [Liber Usualis p.760]
    2. Laudáte Dóminum ómnes géntes [Graduale Romanum p.239L-239M]
    3. Laudáte Dóminum ómnes géntes pg.44-45
  • Ad Missam: Antiphon
    1. Véspere autem sábbati [Liber Usualis p.761]
  • Ad Missam: Dismissal
    1. Ite missa est [Liber Usualis p.762]
    2. Ite missa est [Graduale Romanum p.239P]
    3. Ite missa est pg.55
  • Mass settings:
    1. Mass I Lux et origo [Liber usualis, p.16-18]
    2. Mass I Lux et origo [Graduale Romanum, p.4*-7* in back of book]


  • A Living Hope (PMB #61)
  • At the Lamb's High Feast (WIII #459, ICEL #65, HH #102, CBW #563, AH #411, CH #268, CHB #73, SMH #437, EH #89, VII #353, LCH #66)
  • Come and Let Us Drink of That New River (WIII #723, HH #123, CH #351)
  • Come, O Christian People, Sing (HH #110)
  • Come, Ye Thankful People, Come (WIII #759, ICEL #217, HPSC #143, CH #626, CHB #211, SMH #491, EH #137, LCH #70, LCH #100)
  • Give Thanks to God for He Is Good (HPSC #162)
  • O Worship the King (AH #483, CH #571, HH #201, HPSC #268, PMB #138, CHB #255, SMH #689, EH #288, LCH #91)
  • Rejoice, Angelic Choirs (WIII #455, HH #104)
  • Send Forth from the Heav'ns (HPSC #292)
  • Sing of Christ, Proclaim His Glory (HPSC #302)
  • Sing with All the Saints in Glory (CD #824, LCH #67, SMH #754)
  • The Perfect Law of God (HPSC #327)
  • Thine Is the Glory (CD #829)
  • This Is the Day (PMB #65, HPSC #329, CBW #589, WIII #663)
  • This Is the Feast of Victory (WIII #458, CH #265, SMH #794)
  • This Is the Lord's Day from Hymns for the Liturgical Year (Kathleen Pluth)
  • Through the Red Sea Brought At Last (HH #107)
  • We Celebrate the Lamb's High Feast (HH #108)
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.
LCH = Lumen Christi Hymnal, Illuminare Publications
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SEC = Saint Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 4th Edition 2011, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Alleluia (J.S. Bach)
  • Alleluia (Sr. Edith Scholl, OCSO)
  • Alleluia (Randall Thompson)
  • As Pants the Hart (Christopher Tye)
  • As the Hart Longeth (R. Evan Copley, Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Bless the Lord, O My Soul (M. Ippolitov-Ivanov)
  • Cantemus Domino (Gregorian chant) Canticle of Moses [Graduale simplex, p.143]
  • Christ, Our Passover (Healey Willan)
  • Christ the Lord Is Risen Again (John Rutter)
  • Christ the Lord Is Risen! Alleluia! (Roman)
  • Easter Psalm (Gary Penkala)
  • Exsultate justi in Domino (Ludovico da Viadana)
  • Finished the Strife of Battle Now (Steven Ottomanyi)
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice and Sing (Donna Robertson)
  • Hallelujah from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • I Will Exalt Thee (Christopher Tye)
  • Jesus Christ Is Risen Today (arr. Matthew Koraus)
  • Let All the Nations Praise the Lord (Volkmar Leisring) [Carl Fischer]
  • Misericordia Domini (G.O. Pitoni)
  • O Lord, How Manifold Are Thy Works (J. Barnby)
  • O sacrum convivium (Eugene Englert)
  • O sacrum convivium (Michael Lawrence)
  • Regina coeli (Gregor Aichinger, arr. Andrea Angelini)
  • Regina cæli (W.A. Mozart)
  • Regina cæli (Adam Taylor)
  • Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous (George J. Elvey)
  • Saint Patrick's Breastplate (Charles Villiers Stanford) [Stainer & Bell / ECS Publ]
  • Sicut cervus desiderat (Gregorian chant) Proper Hymn for Blessing of Font [Liber usualis, p.753]
  • Sicut cervus desiderat (G.P. da Palestrina, arr. Andrea Angelini)
  • Sing unto the Lord (Christopher Tye)
  • Sing Ye to the Lord (Edward Bairstow)
  • Sitientes, venite ad aquas (Tomás Luis de Victoria) [Ricordi]
  • Surrexit a mortuis (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • Surrexit pastor bonus (Jehan l'Heritier)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Calvert Shenk)
  • Te Deum laudamus (F.J. Haydn, Jean Langlais, W.A. Mozart, Domenico Scarlatti)
  • The Master's Rejoicing (Jim Stanley)
  • The New Lambs of Christ (arr. Gary Penkala)
  • This Joyful Eastertide (arr. Alan Smith)
  • Those That Do Place Their Confidence / Psalm 125 (John Alcock Jr.)
  • Two Easter Anthems (Colin Brumby)
  • We Will Rejoice (William Croft)

Organ Music

The organ should maintain the silence of Good Friday until the Gloria, when it accompanies the joyful singing. A brief appropriate fanfare might precede the singing of the Gloria, during which the church bells are rung.

  • Allegro from Symphony VI (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • Allegro-Finale from Symphony I (Louis Vierne)
  • Alleluya (William Faulkes) [A Victorian Organ Album - Oxford]
  • As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams (Newman Powell) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • At the Lamb's High Feast (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Easter Season [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-402]
  • Carillon-sortie (Henri Mulet)
  • Chorale Fantasie on Lasst uns erfreuen (Flor Peeters) [Novello]
  • Chorale Prelude (Healey Willan)
  • Chorale Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen; (R. Evan Copley) [H.W. Gray]
  • Christ ist erstanden (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I – Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands (Wilbur Held) from Six Preludes on Easter Hymns [Concordia #97-5330]
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein] [Orgelwerke VI - Peters 245] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I – Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (Georg Böhm) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, March 1992]
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (G.F. Kauffmann) [Organist's Companion, February 1986]
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (J.L. Krebs) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (Johann Pachelbel) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, March 1993]
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (Samuel Scheidt) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I – Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, March 2001]
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (G.P. Telemann) [Seasonal Chorale Preludes for Manuals, Bk 2 - Oxford]
  • Christ lag in Todesbanden (F.W. Zachau) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Seasonal Chorale Preludes for Manuals, Bk 2 – Oxford] [Organist's Companion, April 1987 & March 2000]
  • Concerto for Organ and Strings (Michael J. Starke)
  • Ershienen ist der herrliche Tag from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • Fanfare on The Strife Is O'er (Alec Wyton) [Preludes, Fanfares & a March for the Liturgical Year – Flammer]
  • Fantaise über Christ ist erstanden (H.R. Basler) [Die Orgel im Kirchenjahr - Cron Luzern EC 270]
  • Gloria in excelsis Deo (Max Reger)
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice and Sing (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for the Easter Season, Set I – Morning Star Music Publ 10-402]
  • Grand chouer dialogue (Eugene Gigout)
  • Heut' triumphiret Gottes Sohn (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Incantation pour un jour saint (Jean Langlais) uses motives from the Litany of the Saints
  • Jesus Christ Is Risen Today (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Easter Season [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-402]
  • Litanies (Jehan Alain)
  • Look, Ye Saints, the Sight Is Glorious (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Easter Season [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-402]
  • New Hymn Accompaniments, Volume 1 (Donna Robertson)
  • Partita on Gelobt sei Gott (Theodore Ripper) [Organist's Companion, April 1987]
  • Prelude on O filii et filiæ (Healey Willan) from Ten Hymn Preludes, Set I [C.F. Peters Corp]
  • Prelude on Victimæ paschali laudes (John Reese)
  • The Strife Is O'er (G. Winston Cassler) [This Is the Victory - Augsburg 11-9497]
  • The Strife Is O'er (Wilbur Held) [Six Preludes on Easter Hymns - Concordia]
  • Toccata from Symphony V (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • Toccata jubilante (Dennis Janzer)
  • Toccata on Gelobet sei Gott (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, April 1986]
  • Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen (R. Evan Copley)
  • Tuba Tune (Norman Cocker)
  • Victory (G. Winston Cassler) [Organist's Companion, April 1987]
  • Victory (Robin Dinda) [Organist's Companion, March 1991]
  • Ye Sons and Daughters of the King (Jan Bender) [Parish Organist, Book 8 – Concordia 97-1404]
  • Ye Sons and Daughters of the King (Camil van Hulse) [Seven Preludes on Hymns for Easter – Concordia 97-1390]

Psalm numbering is according to the Latin Vulgate Bible.

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