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Musical Resources for Masses
during the Papal Transition

compiled by Gary Penkala

Pope Benedict XVI The USCCB's liturgy personnel released a document, Liturgical Notes and Resource Materials for Use upon the Resignation of the Pope, which has much useful liturgical information, but is woefully inadequate regarding the music suggested for this time of transition. Here is a more comprehensive listing.


  • Dicit Dominus Petro, Graduale Romanum (chant) p.573
  • Dicit Dominus Petro, Gregorian Missal (chant) p.636
  • Misit Dominus Angelum suum, Graduale simplex (chant) p.282
  • Now I know that the Lord, Simple English Propers (Bartlett) p.378
  • Nunc scio vere, Graduale Romanum (chant) p.575
  • Nunc scio vere, Gregorian Missal (chant) p.641
  • Nunc scio vere, Liber usualis (chant) p.1518
  • Peter the Apostle, Lumen Christi Missal (Bartlett) p.964
  • Sing a new song to the Lord, By Flowing Waters (Ford) p.481
  • Suscitabo mihi sacerdotem, Graduale Romanum – 1952 edition (chant)
  • The Lord Declared, Introit Hymns (Tietze) #79
  • The Lord said unto Peter, Simple English Propers (Bartlett) p.373
  • The love of God has been poured out, Lumen Christi Missal (Bartlett) p.985
  • These men, conquering all human frailty, Simple Choral Gradual (Rice) p.278
  • With the Spirit of the Lord, By Flowing Waters (Ford) p.493

Gradual / Responsorial Psalm

  • Constitues eos principes, Graduale Romanum (chant) p.576
  • Constitues eos principes, Graduale simplex (chant) p.283
  • Constitues eos principes, Gregorian Missal (chant) p.642
  • Constitues eos principes, Liber usualis (chant) p.1519
  • I will sing for ever, By Flowing Waters (Ford) p.113
  • In omnem terram, Graduale Romanum (chant) p.427
  • In omnem terram, Gregorian Missal (chant) p.637
  • Let your priests, By Flowing Waters (Ford) p.445
  • Lord, send out your Spirit, Lumen Christi Missal (Bartlett) p.985
  • Rejoice in the Lord, By Flowing Waters (Ford) p.428
  • The angel of the Lord will rescue, Chabanel Psalmody (various)
  • The angel of the Lord will rescue, Lumen Christi Missal (Bartlett) p.757
  • The angel of the Lord will rescue, Parish Book of Psalms (Oost-Zinner)
  • The angel of the Lord will rescue, Vatican II Hymnall (Ostrowski) p.692
  • Their message goes out, Vatican II Hymnal (Ostrowski) p.690


  • But in my eyes your friends, Simple English Propers (Bartlett) p.374
  • Confirm, O God, By Flowing Waters (Ford) p.495
  • Confirm, O God, Lumen Christi Missal (Bartlett) p.985
  • Constitues eos principes, Graduale Romanum (chant) p.434
  • Constitues eos principes, Graduale simplex (chant) p.285
  • Constitues eos principes, Gregorian Missal (chant) p.644
  • Constitues eos principes, Liber usualis (chant) p.1520
  • Mihi autem nimis, Graduale Romanum (chant) p.435
  • Mihi autem nimis, Gregorian Missal (chant) p.639
  • Non participentur sancta, Graduale Romanum – 1952 edition (chant)
  • The Lord's right hand, By Flowing Waters (Ford) p.145
  • You will make them princes, Lumen Christi Missal (Bartlett) p.964
  • You will make them princes, Simple Choral Gradual (Rice) p.279
  • You will make them princes, Simple English Propers (Bartlett) p.379


  • Be filled with the Holy Spirit, By Flowing Waters (Ford) p.496
  • Ego vos eligi de mundo, Graduale Romanum – 1952 edition (chant)
  • God will pour out the Spirit, By Flowing Waters (Ford) p.497
  • Peter said: You are the Christ, Simple Choral Gradual (Rice) p.280
  • Simon Ioannis, Graduale Romanum (chant) p.574
  • Simon Ioannis, Gregorian Missal (chant) p.640
  • Simon Joannis, Communio (Rice) p.250
  • Simon, son of John, Choral Communio (Rice) p.205
  • Simon, son of John, Simple English Propers (Bartlett) p.376
  • The Spirit, whom I will send, Lumen Christi Missal (Bartlett) p.986
  • Tu es Petrus, Communio (Rice) p.267
  • Tu es Petrus, Graduale Romanum (chant) p.577
  • Tu es Petrus, Graduale simplex (chant) p.286
  • Tu es Petrus, Gregorian Missal (chant) p.645
  • Tu es Petrus, Liber usualis (chant) p.1521
  • You are Peter, By Flowing Waters (Ford) p.344
  • You are Peter, Choral Communio (Rice) p.207
  • You are Peter and upon this rock, Lumen Christi Missal (Bartlett) p.965
  • You are Peter and upon this rock, Simple English Propers (Bartlett, p.380
  • You did not choose me; I have chosen you, By Flowing Waters (Ford) p.483

Office antiphons & hymns

  • Argentum et auram, Liber usualis (chant), p.1515
  • Beate Pastor Petre, Liber usualis (chant), p.1516
  • Constitues eos principes, Liber usualis (chant) p.1521
  • Decora lux, Liber usualis (chant) p.1522/1523
  • Dixit angelus ad Petrum, Liber usualis (chant), p.1515
  • Hodie Simon Petrus, Liber usualis (chant) p.1525
  • In omnem terram, Liber usualis (chant), p.1518
  • Misit Dominus angelum suum, Liber usualis (chant), p.1515
  • Nimis honorati sunt, Liber usualis (chant) p.1522
  • Petrus et Joannes, Liber usualis (chant), p.1515
  • Quodcumpue ligaveris, Liber usualis (chant), p.1517
  • Tu es pastor ovium, Liber usualis (chant), p.1516
  • Tu es Petrus, Liber usualis (chant), p.1515


  • By All Your Saints Still Striving (WIII #706, HH #284, SMH #247)
  • Christ Is the King (WIII #500, CH #540, HH #286, CBW #546, EH #543)
  • Christian, Do You Hear the Lord? (WIII #594, CH #448, SMH #262)
  • Come, Creator Spirit (BFW #651)
  • Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest (AH #443, CBW #516, CH #299, HPSC #135, ICEL #85, PMB #84, WIII #482, SMH #267, EH #218, VII #254/363)
  • Come, Holy Spirit, As a Fire (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Faith of Our Fathers (WIII #571, ICEL #186, HPSC #152, CH #634, PMB #149, CBW #603, AH #603, CHB #183, SMH #294, EH #393, VII #208)
  • Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted (WIII #558, HPSC #156, CH #374, PMB #121, CBW #676, AH #515, CHB #116, SMH #295, EH #195, VII #322)
  • Fight the Good Fight (ICEL #187, EH #560)
  • From All Thy Saints in Warfare (AH #592, VII #262)
  • Give Me the Wings of Faith (CHB #167)
  • God, We Praise You (WIII #535, SMH #317)
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (WIII #524, ICEL #134, HPSC #180, CBW #631, PMB #127, AH #461, CH #568, CHB #222, SMH #345, EH #273, VII #217)
  • Jesus Shall Reign (ICEL #101, WIII #492, HH #253, PMB #107, CH #508, CHB #231, SMH #381, EH #542)
  • Let All on Earth Their Voices Raise (WIII #716, CHB #168)
  • Let All the World with Songs Rejoice (CH #338, ICEL #195, HH #299, SMH #395)
  • O Christ, the World's Salvation (Dennis DiPaolo)
  • O Taste and See (HPSC #265, PMB #193)
  • Tell His Praise in Song and Story (HPSC #310)
  • The Beauteous Light of God's Eternal Majesty (CHB #172)
  • The Church Triumphant in Thy Love (HPSC #314)
  • The Eternal Gifts of Christ the King (HPSC #317, ICEL #203, HH #300, CH #343, SMH #556, EH #132)
  • The Father's Holy Ones, the Blest (HH #293)
  • The Son of Man Has Come to Save from Hymns for the Liturgical Year (Kathleen Pluth)
  • Two Noble Saints (WIII #699)
  • Veni Creator Spiritus (WIII #479, SMH #586, PMB #89, BFW #650, HPSC #340)
  • Wouldst Thou A Patron See? (CHB #173)
  • Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim (CD #911, CH #519, HPSC #357)
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.
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 3rd Edition 2003, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.


  • Christus vinvit (chant) [St. Gregory Hymnal]
  • Come Down, O Love Divine (Tim Knight)
  • Come, Holy Spirit (Christopher Tye)
  • Confirma hoc, Deus (Gregor Aichinger, William Byrd, Jacob Handl, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Antonio Salieri)
  • Constitues eos principes (Jean de Bonmarché, William Byrd, José Maurício Nunes Garcia)
  • Feed My Lambs (Natalie Sleeth) [Carl Fischer]
  • Fight the Good Fight (Austin Lovelace) [GIA Publications]
  • From All That Dwell (Colin Brumby)
  • Mihi autem nimis honorati (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Thomas Tallis)
  • Nunc scio vere (William Byrd)
  • Quodcunque ligaveris (William Byrd)
  • Sancti Dei omnes (J.M. Haydn/Proulx) [GIA Publications]
  • Simon, Son of John (Michael Starke)
  • Spirit of Strength and Courage from Seven Roman Basilica Processionals (Gary Penkala)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Haydn, Mozart, Langlais)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Calvert Shenk)
  • The Heavens Are Telling from The Creation (F.J. Haydn)
  • The Heavens Declare (William Billings) [Concordia]
  • The Heavens Declare the Glory of God (Thomas Tomkins) [Concordia]
  • Their Sound Is Gone Out from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Their Sound Is Gone Out (Arthur Wills) [Novello]
  • Tu es Petrus (William Byrd, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Gabriel Fauré, Hans Leo Hassler, Cristóbal de Morales, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Lorenzo Perosi, Peter Philips. Tomás Luis de Victoria )
  • Veni Creator Spiritus (Derek Fry)


  • Cantilene from Symphonie romane (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • Come, Holy Ghost, Lord and God (Marcel Dupré)
  • Deux strophes sur Veni Creator Spiritus (Alexandre Guilmant)
  • Fantasia and Fugue in a minor (J.S. Bach)
  • Festive Processionals for Brass and Organ (Calvert Shenk)
  • He That Believes and Is Baptized (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year, Opus 67 [Carl Fischer Co.]
  • Komm, Gott Schopfer, Heiliger Geist (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Messa apostolorum (Andrea Gabrieli)
  • Messa degli apostoli (Girolamo Cavazzoni)
  • Music for a Festive Occasion (Tim Knight)
  • Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist (Dieterich Buxtehude, J.G. Walther)
  • Pentecost Toccata (John Reese)
  • Prelude on Komm, Gott Schöpfer (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for Pentecost and Trinity Sunday [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-500]
  • Prelude to Te Deum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
  • Psalm XIX (Benedetto Marcello)
  • Ricercare (Fabrizio Fontana)
  • Toccata II tono (Bernardo Pasquini)
  • Tu es petra from Esquisses byzantines (Henri Mulet) [Durand]
  • Variations on Veni Creator (Maurice Duruflé)
  • Prelude on Veni Creator Spiritus (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for Pentecost and Trinity Sunday [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-500]
  • Toccata in e minor (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Veni Creator Spiritus (Dom Paul Benoit) from Esquisses liturgiques [J. Fischer & Bros.]
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