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Passion Sunday (EF)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Judica me Déus [Liber Usualis p.569-570]
    2. Judica me Déus [Graduale Romanum p.151-152]
    3. Judica me Déus [Gregorian Missal p. 265-266]
    4. Judica me Déus (chant)
  • Gradual:
    1. Eripe me Dómine [Liber usualis, p.570-571]
    2. Eripe me Dómine [Graduale Romanum p.152-153]
    3. Eripe me Dómine [Gregorian Missal p. 266-267]
    4. Eripe me Dómine (chant)
    5. Eripe me Dómine by Johann Michael Haydn
  • Tract:
    1. Saepe expugnavérunt me [Liber usualis, p.571-572]
    2. Saepe expugnavérunt me [Graduale Romanum p.153-154]
    3. Saepe expugnavérunt me [Gregorian Missal p. 268-269]
    4. Saepe expugnavérunt me (chant)
  • Offertory:
    1. Confitébor tíbi [Liber usualis, p.573]
    2. Confitébor tíbi [Graduale Romanum p.155]
    3. Confitébor tíbi [Gregorian Missal p. 2699-270]
    4. Confitébor tíbi (chant)
    5. Confitébor tíbi by various composers
  • Communion:
    1. Hoc córpus [Liber usualis, p.573-574]
    2. Hoc córpus [Graduale Romanum p.155]
    3. Hoc córpus [Gregorian Missal p. 270-271]
    4. Hoc córpus (chant)
    5. Hoc córpus 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]
    3. Mass XVII

Other liturgical music


  • Behold the Royal Cross on High (HH #88)
  • Eternal Lord of Love (HH #79)
  • 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 Sacred Head Surrounded (AH #403, CBW #491, CH #259, HH #93, HPSC #248, ICEL #57, PMB #50, WIII #434, CHB #67, SMH #679, EH #75, VII #245, LCH #49)
  • Out of the Depths (CD #821, HPSC #277, CBW #488, CH #246)
  • The Royal Banners Forward Go (WIII #435, HPSC #328, AH #381, CHB #70, EH #63, LCH #51, SMH #786)
  • We Give Immortal Praise (HPSC #345)
  • When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (ICEL #63, WIII #433, CH #263, PMB #53, CBW #489, CHB #72, SMH #829/30, EH #337, VII #341, LCH #150)
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

  • Adoramus te, Christe (Robert Boulware)
  • Agnus Dei (Pergolesi/Burkhardt) [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Ah, Holy Jesus (Stephen DeCesare)
  • Awake, Good People (arr. Marie Pooler)
  • Behold the Savior (S. Drummond Wolff)
  • 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, Orlando di Lasso, Christoph Gluck, Josquin des Prez)
  • Faithful Cross (Raymond Clark)
  • In Deep Despair I Call on Thee (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Judge Me, O God (Felix Mendelssohn) [Oxford]
  • Judica me Deus (Gregorian chant) from Liber usualis p.569
  • Judge and Defend My Cause, O Lord (John Smith)
  • Judica me Deus (G. Gorczycki) [GIA Publications]
  • Lamb of God (F.M. Christiansen) [Augsburg]
  • Miserere mei Domine (Calvert Shenk)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book I (Colin Brumby)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book II (Colin Brumby)
  • Nine Tenebræ Responsories, Book III (Colin Brumby)
  • O Christ, Thou Lamb of God (Healey Willan)
  • O Crux ave (Rev. David Friel)
  • O Crux spes unica (T.L. de Victoria)
  • O Kind Creator (Rogers/Clark)
  • O My People (Colin Brumby)
  • O Saviour of the World (John Goss)
  • On Your Cross (Sr. Edith Scholl, OCSCO)
  • Our Soul Doth Wait upon the Lord (John Antes) [Boosey & Hawkes]
  • Out of the Deep (Adrian Batten, M.A. Charpentier, William Croft, Alan Hovhaness, Thomas Morley, Heinrich Schütz, Malcolm Williamson)
  • Psalm 130 (Paul Manz)
  • Salvator mundi (Tallis / Kenney)
  • Stabat Mater (Jonathan Kregor)
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs (R. Evan Copley)
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs from Messiah (G.F Handel)
  • Therefore We before Him Bending (James Morrison)
  • Vere languores (Mark Siebert)
  • Vexilla regis prodeunt (Gregorian chant) Proper Vesper Hymn for Lent V / See Booklet of Chant, Volume 2 – or – Liber usualis p.575
  • We Should Glory in the Cross (Rev. Thomas Buffer)
  • When Jesus Wept (William Billings)

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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