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Good Friday: The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord (ABC)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Tract (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Domine, exaudi orationem meam [Graduale Romanum, p.172]
    2. Domine, exaudi orationem meam [Gregorian Missal, p.302/328]
    3. Domine, exaudi orationem meam (Antonio Cebrián, Anton Diabelli, Giovanni Gabrieli, Orlando di Lasso)
    4. In manus tuas Domine [Graduale simplex, p.139]
    5. In manus tuas Domine (Charles H. Giffen, Thomas Tallis)
    6. Psalm 31: In you, O Lord, I seek refuge [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.79 / Liturgical Press]
    7. Chabanel Psalmody
    8. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Gradual (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Christus factus est [Graduale Romanum, p.148]
    2. Christus factus est [Gregorian Missal, p.282/306]
    3. Christus factus est (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.653]
    4. Iudica me Deus [Graduale simplex, p.221]
    5. Psalm 43: My Savior and my God [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.154 / Liturgical Press]
    6. Christus factus est (Felice Anerio, Giovanni Matteo Asola, Anton Bruckner, Francesco Durante, G.P. da Palestrina)
    7. Iudica me Deus (Andrea Gabrieli)
  • Antiphons and Music at The Adoration of the Holy Cross:
    1. Behold the wood of the Cross [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.274-275 / Ignatius Press]
    2. Behold the wood of the Cross [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.67 / Liturgical Press]
    3. Behold the wood of the Cross / Ecce lignum Crucis [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #444 / Illuminare Publications]
    4. Look on the wood of the cross [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.80, with Psalm 57 / Liturgical Press]
    5. Crucem tuam adoramus [Graduale Romanum, p.175]
    6. Crucem tuam adoramus [Gregorian Missal, p.265/337]
    7. Crucem tuam adoramus [Graduale simplex, p.141]
    8. Improperia (Reproaches I & II) [Graduale Romanum, p.176]
    9. Improperia (Reproaches I & II) [Gregorian Missal, p.311/338]
    10. Improperia (Reproaches I & II) [Graduale simplex, p.140]
    11. The Reproaches (James Morrison)
    12. The Reproaches (Gary Penkala)
    13. Hymn: Crux fidelis, inter omnes [Graduale Romanum, p.182]
    14. Hymn: Crux fidelis, inter omnes [Gregorian Missal, p.317/344]
    15. Crux fidelis (Felice Anerio, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, John IV King of Portugal, Reinhold Kühnel, Oscar Santos)
    16. We worship you, Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.82 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    17. My people, what have I done to you? [Simple Choral Gradual, p.83 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    18. We adore your Cross, O Lord [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.275-277, 287 / Ignatius Press]
    19. The Reproaches [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 2 versions, pp.278-286, 287-296 / Ignatius Press]
    20. Hymn: Faithful Cross [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) pp.296-303 / Ignatius Press]
    21. We adore your Cross, O Lord [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.67 / Liturgical Press]
    22. Hymn: Faithful Cross [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.68, 8 verses / Liturgical Press]
    23. We adore your Cross, O Lord [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #445 / Illuminare Publications]
    24. Hymn: Faithful Cross [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #446, 10 verses / Illuminare Publications]
    25. The Reproaches [abridged] [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.80 / Liturgical Press]
    26. Your cross, O Lord, we worship [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.81 / Liturgical Press]
    27. Faithful Cross (Raymond Clark)
  • Communion Psalm [No antiphon listed in Roman Missal, Graduale Romanum or Gregorian Missal]:
    1. They parted my garments among them [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    2. My soul shall live for the Lord [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.69, with Psalm 22[21] / Liturgical Press]
    3. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #217, with Psalm 22 / Illuminare Publications]

Other liturgical music


  • Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended? (AH #402, CHB #59, SMH #409, EH #71, VII #346, SEC #836)
  • Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed (ICEL #54)
  • Jesu, Joy and Treasure (HPSC #198, ICEL #198)
  • Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth (CH #617, WIII #438, HH #99, EH #522)
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (CH #258, HH #90, WIII #439, CHB #65, SMH #635, LCH #47, CBH #166)
  • 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, SEC #837, CBH #200)
  • 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 Regal Dark Mysterious Cross (HH #92)
  • Throned upon the Awe-full Tree (ICEL #62)
  • To Mock Your Reign (CH #261)
  • Were You There? (PMB #51, ICEL #61, WIII #436, CBW #493, CH #262, SMH #824, EH #80)
  • What Wondrous Love Is This? (CD #822, WIII #600, HH #95, PMB #157, ICEL #164, CH #530, HH #95, SMH #828, LCH #50)
AH = The Adoremus Hymnal, Ignatius Press
CBH = A Catholic Book of Hymns, Sacred Music Library
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 Hymnal & Missal, Corpus Christi Watershed
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 4th Edition 2011, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Adoramus te, Christe (Gregor Aichinger, Giovanni Matteo Asola, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Francesco Gasparini, Orlando di Lasso, Giovanni Battista Martini, Claudio Merulo, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Giacomo Antonio Perti, Giuseppe Pitoni, Francesco Rosselli, Vincenzo Ruffo, Ludovico da Viadana, Mikolaj Zielenski)
  • Adoramus te Christe (Robert Boulware)
  • Ah, Holy Jesus (Stephen DeCesare)
  • Ah, Holy Jesus (arr. William Matthis)
  • Alas and Did My Savior Bleed from Five Simple Anthems (Colin Brumby)
  • Ave verum corpus (William Byrd, Giacomo Carissimi, Mariano Garau, Charles Giffen, Michael J. Oczko, Josquin des Prez, Josef Rheinberger)
  • Caligaverunt oculi mei (Tomás Luis de Victoria / ed. Andrea Angelini)
  • Christus factus est (Felice Anerio, Giovanni Matteo Asola, Anton Bruckner, Francesco Durante, G.P. da Palestrina)
  • Christus factus est (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.653]
  • Crucifixus (Glenn Wonacott)
  • Crucifixus (Antonio Lotti)
  • Crux fidelis (Gregorian chant) Proper Hymn for Adoration of the Holy Cross [Liber usualis, p.709]
  • Ecce lignum Crucis – Crux fidelis (Adrian Willaert)
  • Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani (Richard Clark)
  • Exaudi Domine (Thomas Ravenscroft) four-part canon
  • Faithful Cross (Raymond Clark)
  • In manus tuas (Thomas Tallis)
  • Jam surgit hora tertia from Five Simple Motets (Colin Brumby)
  • Just Judge of Heav'n, Against My Foes (Charles William Hempel)
  • Lo, We Have Seen Him (Marco Antonio Ingegneri)
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (John Bacchus Dykes)
  • O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile (arr. Carol Traupman-Carr)
  • O Crux ave (Rev. David Friel)
  • O crux spes unica (Antoine Brumel, Cristóbal de Morales, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Francisco Valls, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • O Thou, Who through This Holy Week from Five Simple Anthems (Colin Brumby)
  • O vos omnes (Giovanni Matteo Asola, Henrique Carlos Correa, Giovanni Croce, Mariano Garau, Carlo Gesualdo, Jacquet de Mantua, Jacob Obrecht, Hieronymus Praetorius, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • On Your Cross (Sr. Edith Scholl)
  • Per signum crucis (Francesco Durante, Francisco Guerrero)
  • Priusquam gallus cantet (Colin Brumby)
  • Psalm 43 (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Salvator mundi (Tallis / Kenney)
  • Seven Last Words of Christ (Colin Brumby)
  • Seven Last Words of Christ (Gary Penkala)
  • Signum crucis mirabile (Cristóbal de Morales)
  • Stabat Mater (Jonathan Kregor)
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs (Karl Heinrich Graun, Antonio Lotti, Leonardo Leo)
  • Three Settings of Passion Chorale (Christopher Bord)
  • Tristis est anima mea (Martini / Angelini)
  • Tristis est anima mea (Giovanni Croce, Philipp Dulichius, Carlo Gesualdo, Johann Michael Haydn, Marco Antonio Ingegneri, Johann Kuhnau, Orlando di Lasso, Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, Jeffrey Quick)
  • Vere languores nostros (Antonio Lotti, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • We Should Glory in the Cross (Rev. Thomas Buffer)
  • Were You There? (arr. Alice Parker)
  • Wondrous Love (arr. Douglas Wagner)

Organ Music

The organ is silent today.

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

By no means should any organ be heard today… at all. The experience of a parish worshiping in song, completely on their own, should outweigh any inclination to use accompanied music in this liturgy. The a cappella symbol is so much more powerful than anything anyone has written. The congregation will get a chance to hear themselves clearly, and will rely on each other to perpetuate the song. Choose music carefully (all music does not lend itself to unaccompanied performance). Chant and pentatonic hymns are particularly suited for today's liturgical mood. Reinforce the idea of the Triduum as "one celebration spanning three days" by using no prelude or postlude music, and by entering and departing the liturgy (ministers included) in absolute silence. Today, with no Mass allowed to be celebrated, should be different than every other day.

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