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The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary [At the Vigil Mass]

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Vultum tuum deprecabuntur [Graduale Romanum, p.404]
    2. Vultum tuum deprecabuntur [Gregorian Missal, p.650]
    3. Vultum tuum (William Byrd, Josquin des Prez)
    4. Assumpta est Maria [Graduale simplex, p.294]
    5. Assumpta est Maria (William Byrd, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Manoel Dias de Oliveira, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Peter Philips, Georg Prenner)
    6. All the rich among the people [Simple English Propers, p.386 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. A great sign appeared in heaven [Simple Choral Gradual, p.284 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Let us all rejoice in the Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.966 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. The Rich and Noble Come [tune: Gabriel's Message] from Introit Hymns 82 (Christoph Tietze)
    10. The Rich Will Come to Seek Her Face [tune: Winchester Old] from Introit Hymns #96 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Benedicta et venerabilis es [Graduale Romanum, p.407]
    2. Benedicta et venerabilis es [Gregorian Missal, p.651]
    3. Benedicta et venerabilis (Moritz Brosig, William Byrd)
    4. Marianisches Graduale und Offertorium (Robert Führer)
    5. Veni de Libano, sponsa mea / Song of Songs [Graduale simplex, p.295]
    6. Chabanel Psalmody
    7. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Felix es, sacra Virgo Maria [Graduale Romanum, p.414]
    2. Felix es, sacra Virgo Maria [Gregorian Missal, p.652]
    3. Felix es, sacra Virgo Maria (William Byrd)
    4. Felix namque es (William Byrd, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, José Maurício Nunes Garcia)
    5. Eructavit cor meum [Graduale simplex, p.296]
    6. Eructavit cor meum / Psalm 45 [Graduale simplex, p.297]
    7. Eructavit cor meum (Benedetto Pesenti)
    8. Ad te levavi (Johann Kaspar Aiblinger, Alessandro Scarlatti, Franz Xaver Witt)
  • Offertory:
    1. Beata es, Virgo Maria [Graduale Romanum, p.420]
    2. Beata es, Virgo Maria [Gregorian Missal, p.653]
    3. Beata es, Virgo Maria (William Byrd, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Hans Leo Hassler, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Philippe Verdelot, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
    4. Paradisi portæ per te nobis [Graduale simplex, p.299]
    5. Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary [Simple English Propers, p.387 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. Mary has been taken up to heaven [Simple Choral Gradual, p.285 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary [Lumen Christi Missal, p.966 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. Beata viscera Mariæ Virginis [Graduale Romanum, p.423]
    2. Beata viscera Mariæ Virginis [Gregorian Missal, p.654]
    3. Beata viscera (Gregor Aichinger, William Byrd, José Maurício Nunes Garcia)
    4. Beata viscera [Communio, p.10 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. Beatam me dicent omnes generationes [Graduale simplex, p.300]
    6. Beatam me dicent (Francisco Valls)
    7. Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary [Simple English Propers, p.388 (Adam Bartlett)]
    8. Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary [Choral Communio, p.210 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    9. All generations will call me blessed [Simple Choral Gradual, p.286 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    10. Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary [Lumen Christi Missal, p.967 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Masses VIII (De angelis) & XI (Orbis factor)
    2. Latin Gregorian Chant Masses XI (Orbis factor) & VIII (De angelis)
    3. Latin Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk)
    4. Latin Mass of Saint Jerome (Christopher Bord)
    5. Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians (Richard Connolly)
    6. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    7. Mass of the Angels (Richard J. Clark)
    8. Mass of the Redemption (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)
    9. Modal Mass (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • Hail, Blessed Virgin Full of Grace (CH #314)
  • Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above (AH #530, CBW #610, CH #312, HPSC #170, ICEL #112, PMB #180, WIII #702, CHB #146, SMH #330, VII #261)
  • Hail, Queen of Heaven, the Ocean Star (AH #539, CH #315, PMB #176, ICEL #113, CBW #614, SMH #327)
  • Hear Our Prayer, O Gentle Mother (HH #295)
  • Mary, How Lovely the Light of Your Glory (WIII #711)
  • O Be Glad, My Soul, Rejoice [Magnificat] (HPSC #233)
  • O Christ, the World's Salvation (Dennis DiPaolo)
  • Planted Like Seeds Our Bodies Wait the Sound from Hymns for the Liturgical Year (Kathleen Pluth)
  • Sing of Mary (AH #543, CBW #613, CH #323, HPSC #299, PMB #184, WIII #404, SMH #525, EH #117)
  • Sing We of the Blessed Mother (CD #840)
  • Stainless the Maiden (CH #333, SMH #538)
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.

Choral Music

  • Angelus (Christopher Garton-Zavesky)
  • Assumpta est Maria (William Byrd, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Manoel Dias de Oliveira, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Peter Philips, Georg Prenner)
  • Ave Maria (Arcadelt / Angelini)
  • Ave Maria (Victoria / Angelini)
  • Beata es, Virgo Maria (William Byrd, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Hans Leo Hassler, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Philippe Verdelot, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • Diffusa est gratia (William Byrd)
  • Dulcissima Maria (Francisco Guerrero)
  • Felix namque es (William Byrd, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, José Maurício Nunes Garcia)
  • In Praise of the Virgin (Colin Brumby)
  • Magnificat (Jacques Berthier) [GIA Publications]
  • Magnificat (Ciro Grassi) [Saint Gregory Hymnal]
  • Magnificat brevis (Gary Penkala)
  • Mary, the Dawn" (Justin Mulcahy) see Pius X Hymnal
  • O gloriosa Virginum (R.E. Smith) [GIA Publications]
  • O Lord, Arise (Thomas Weelkes) [Oxford]
  • O quam tu pulchra es (Alessandro Grandi)
  • Quasi cedrus (Francisco Guerrero)
  • Salve Regina (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 3
  • Tota pulchra es, Maria (J. William Greene)
  • Tota pulchra es (Giulio Belli, John Forest, Heinrich Isaac, Clemens Morel, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, John Plummer, Hieronymus Praetorius, Giovanni Battista Riccio, Ludwig Senfl, Robert White)
  • Vultum tuum (William Byrd, Josquin des Prez)

Organ Music

  • Ave Maria from Two Chant Meditations for Organ (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Concordi lætitia from Two Chant Processionals (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Fuga sopra Magnificat (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
  • Hail, Holy Queen (Robert Hebble) [For the Masses - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Improvisation on Salve Regina (Robert Hebble) [For the Masses - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Mach's mit mir Gott (J.G. Walther, J.C. Kittel)
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Maria zart von elder art(Schlick)
  • Marian Antiphons (Marcel Dupré)
  • Meditation on Pleading Savior (Fred Binckes) [The Sacred Organ Journal, Vol.12, No.4 - Lorenz]
  • Meine Seele erhebet den Herrn (J.S. Bach)
  • Offertory on Pleading Savior (David Paxton) [Organist, Septmeber 1982]
  • Pleading Savior (George Lachenauer) [Organist's Companion, July 2000]
  • Plein jeu" from Magnificat (Jean François Dandrieu)
  • Postlude on Sicilian Mariners (Alfred Fedak)
  • Prière a Notre Dame (Léon Boëlmann)
  • Rosa mystica from Messa della Madonna (P. Ermanno Vandelli)
  • Salve Mater misericordiæ (Robert G. Farrell)
  • Salve Regina (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-six Miniatures]
  • Salve Regina (R. Keldermans) [Consoliere V-2]
  • Sing of Mary (Robert Hebble) [For the Masses - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Sortie on a Marian Hymn (Alexandre Guilmant)
  • Toccata on Salve Regina (Hermann Schroeder) [Die Marianischen Antiphonen - Schott]
  • Toccata on Salve Regina (Everett Titcomb) [H.W. Gray - St.Cec.Ser. 790

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The readings for the Vigil Mass of the Assumption speak of God's preparation for the salvific act of his Son, and Mary's role in it. The honor bestowed on the Blessed Virgin is a theme for today's liturgy. Music of a more reflective nature might better suit the vigil Mass; save the loud rejoicing for tomorrow.

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