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Third Sunday of Lent (EF)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Oculi méi sémper ad Dóminum [Liber Usualis p.552]
    2. Oculi méi sémper ad Dóminum [Graduale Romanum p.123]
    3. Oculi méi sémper ad Dóminum [Gregorian Missal p.252-253]
    4. Oculi méi sémper ad Dóminum (chant)
    5. Oculi méi sémper ad Dóminum by Orlando di Lasso
  • Gradual:
    1. Exsúrge Dómine [Liber usualis, p.553-554]
    2. Exsúrge Dómine [Graduale Romanum p.123-124]
    3. Exsúrge Dómine [Gregorian Missal p.254]
    4. Exsúrge Dómine (chant)
    5. Exsúrge Dómine by various composers
  • Tract:
    1. Ad te levávi óculos méos [Liber usualis, p.554-555]
    2. Ad te levávi óculos méos [Graduale Romanum p.124-126]
    3. Ad te levávi óculos méos [Gregorian Missal p.255]
    4. Ad te levávi óculos méos (chant)
    5. Ad te levávi óculos méos by various composers
  • Offertory:
    1. Justítiae Dómini [Liber usualis, p.555-556]
    2. Justítiae Dómini [Graduale Romanum p.126]
    3. Justítiae Dómini [Gregorian Missal p.256-257]
    4. Justítiae Dómini (chant)
    5. Justítiae Dómini by various composers
  • Communion:
    1. Passer invénit síbi dómum [Liber usualis, p.556]
    2. Passer invénit síbi dómum [Graduale Romanum p.126-127]
    3. Passer invénit síbi dómum [Gregorian Missal p.502]
    4. Passer invénit síbi dómum (chant)
    5. Passer invénit síbi dómum by various composers
  • Mass settings:
    1. Mass XVII [Liber usualis, p.60-62]
    2. Mass XVII [Graduale Romanum, p.55-57 in back of book]

Other liturgical music


  • All Who Believe and Are Baptized (CD #862)
  • Beloved Son and Daughter Dear (CH #234)
  • Father of Heaven, Whose Love Profound (ICEL #41, HH #80, CHB #215, CH #483)
  • I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (WIII #607, HPSC #192, ICEL #157, CH #453, AH #579, SMH #572, EH #424, LCH #44)
  • O God of Pity (HH #70)
  • O Love of God, How Strong and True (HPSC #254, SMH #674, HH #241)
  • O Praise Our Great and Gracious Lord (HPSC #258)
  • Tell His Praise in Song and Story (HPSC #310)
  • There's A Wideness in God's Mercy (WIII #595, ICEL #52, PMB #54, AH #613, CH #535, CHB #268, SMH #791, EH #304, LCH #122)
  • 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.
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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