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Jubilee Year of Mercy

compiled by Gary D. Penkala

Pope Francis' Bull of Indiction Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy with his Bull of Indiction, Misericordiæ vultus, on the Vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday 2015.

Here are some music titles relating to theme of mercy. Perhaps they'll be helpful in programming repertoire for the Jubilee of Mercy [December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016].

I. Mass Propers

II. Liturgical Music

III. Choral Music

  • Be merciful unto me, O Lord (John Blow)
  • Eternal Light, Shine in Our Hearts (Tim Knight)
  • God of Mercy (Claudio Monteverdi, arr. Hal Hopson)
  • Have mercy upon me (Thomas Tomkins)
  • How Precious Is Thy Loving-kindness
    • Samuel Adler
    • Raymond Haan
    • Daniel Pinkham
  • Lord, for Thy tender mercy's sake (Richard Farrant)
  • Lord, O Lord, have mercy (Orlando di Lasso)
  • Mercy and truth are met (Arthur Sullivan)
  • Miserere
    • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    • Adam Gumpelzhaimer
    • Johann Adolf Hasse
    • Jan Pieterson Sweelinck
    • Francisco Valls
  • Miserere mei Deus
    • Gradual for Ash Wednesday
    • Gregor Aichinger
    • Gregorio Allegri
    • William Byrd
    • Giovanni Croce
    • Josquin des Prez
    • Orlando di Lasso
    • Giovanni Gabrieli
    • Jacob Handl
    • Hans Leo Hassler
    • Antonio Lotti
    • W.A. Mozart
    • Giovanni Maria Nanino
    • Michael Praetorius
    • Alessandro Scarlatti
    • Tomas Luis de Victoria
  • Miserere mei Domine (Calvert Shenk)
  • Miserere nostri (Thomas Tallis)
  • Miserere nostri Domine
    • G.P. da Palestrina
    • Ascanio Trombetti
  • Misericordia Domini
    • Giovanni Gabrieli
    • G.O. Pitoni
    • Michael Praetorius
  • O quam suavis est (Calvert Shenk)
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O Lord (Eugene Englert)
  • Salve Regina (Gregorian chant)

IV. Organ Music

V. Hymns

  • Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken
  • Father of Mercy
  • God of All Mercy
  • God of Mercy and Compassion
  • Great God of Mercy
  • Have Mercy, Lord, on Us
  • Have Mercy on Me
  • Jesus, Bread in Mercy Broken
  • O Merciful Redeemer
  • There's A Wideness in God's Mercy

Remember, too, that the Kyrie movement from every Mass speaks of mercy; and most litanies begin with invocations using the response, "Have mercy on us." The text for the Gloria twice contains the phrase, "have mercy on us." Hence, settings of Domine Deus Agnus Dei, Qui tollis peccata mundi and Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris will amplify this theme.

Article written 14 April 2015

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