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Holy Thursday (EF)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Nos autem gloriári [Liber Usualis p.654]
    2. Nos autem gloriári [Graduale Romanum p.201-202]
    3. Nos autem gloriári [Gregorian Missal p. 286]
    4. Nos autem gloriári (chant)
  • Gradual:
    1. Chrístus fáctus est [Liber usualis, p.655-656]
    2. Chrístus fáctus est [Graduale Romanum p.202-203]
    3. Chrístus fáctus est [Gregorian Missal p. 287-288]
    4. Chrístus fáctus est (chant)
    5. Chrístus fáctus est by various composers
  • Offertory:
    1. Dextera Dómini [Liber usualis, p.656]
    2. Dextera Dómini [Graduale Romanum p.209-210]
    3. Dextera Dómini [Gregorian Missal p. 293-295]
    4. Dextera Dómini (chant)
    5. Dextera Dómini by various composers
  • Communion:
    1. Dominus Jésus [Liber usualis, p.657]
    2. Dominus Jésus [Graduale Romanum p.210]
    3. Dominus Jésus [Gregorian Missal p. 297-298]
    4. Dominus Jésus (chant)
    5. Dominus Jésus by various composers
  • Mass settings:
    1. Mass XVIII "Deus Genitor alme" [Liber usualis, p.62-63]
    2. Mass XVIII "Deus Genitor alme" [Graduale Romanum, p.57-58* in back of book]
    3. Mass XVIII (Deus Genitor alme)

Other liturgical music


  • Adoro te devote (ICEL #129/138, WIII #489, CH #370, CBW #587, CHB #291, AH #510, SMH #408)
  • An Upper Room (CD #879)
  • Ave verum Corpus (ICEL #131, WIII #730, HPSC #118,CHB #296, AH #514, SMH #444, LCH #132)
  • Lift High the Cross (WIII #704, HPSC #207, CD #847, PMB #56, HH #268, CBW #545, CH #542, AH #606, SMH #614, VII #244, LCH #151)
  • Now My Tongue the Mystery Telling (HPSC #228, EH #199)
  • O Food of Exiles Lowly (WIII #729, CH #380, SMH #655, VII #284)
  • Pange lingua gloriosi (ICEL #143, CH #361, AH #391, HPSC #275, CBW #584, CHB #303, SMH #706/7, VII #270, LCH #56)
  • Praise We Christ's Immortal Body [Pange lingua] (PMB #674, SMH #722)
  • Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle (AH #404, CBW #583, CH #364, HPSC #298, ICEL #145, WIII #437, CHB #69, EH #66, VII #274/5)
  • The Lamb's High Banquet (ICEL #147, CBW #564, LCH #72)
  • Ubi caritas (CD #918, ICEL #60, CH #386, AH #390, CBW #575, CHB #309, SMH #806, LCH #54)
  • Weave a Song within the Silence [Pange lingua] (HH #250)
  • What Shall I Render to the Lord (HPSC #349, SMH #826)
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

Organ Music

According to De musica sacra et sacra liturgia – Instruction on Sacred Music and Sacred Liturgy (September 3, 1958) —

The playing of the organ, and all other instruments is forbidden [at Liturgies] during the following times:

Lent and Passiontide, from Ash Wednesday until the hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo in the Solemn Mass of the Easter Vigil

However, the following exceptions to the rule may be made:

a) the organ may be played, and other instruments used, on holy days of obligation
b) the organ may be used on the fourth Sunday of Lent, on Thursday of Holy Week during the Mass of Chrism, and during the solemn evening Mass of the Last Supper from the beginning to the end of the hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo

Throughout the Sacred Triduum, from the midnight before Holy Thursday until the hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo of the Solemn Mass of the Easter Vigil, the organ shall remain completely silent, excepting the instance mentioned in paragraph 83b.

Psalm numbering is according to the Latin Vulgate Bible.

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