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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ [Corpus Christi] (A)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (HPSC #112, ICEL #130, WIII #737, CBW #536, AH #601, PMB #663, CH #504, CHB #112, SMH #213, EH #347, VII #277)
  • At That First Eucharist (WIII #733, CH #366, HPSC #217, CBW #605)
  • Blessed Jesus, Mary's Son (CD #882)
  • Come, Adore This Wondrous Presence (WIII #758)
  • Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether (CD #889, WIII #731)
  • Gift of Finest Wheat (WIII #736, HPSC #360, PMB #665, CBW #570, CH #389, SMH #302)
  • Godhead Here in Hiding [Adoro te devote] (AH #511, CH #368, HPSC #164, ICEL #138, WIII #489, CHB #117)
  • God with Hidden Majesty / Adoro te devote (WIII #489, ICEL #138, HPSC #164, AH #511, CH #368, CHB #117)
  • Hail, Our Savior's Glorious Body [Pange lingua] (WIII #813)
  • How Light the Bread of Angels from Hymns for the Liturgical Year (Kathleen Pluth)
  • Humbly Let Us Voice Our Homage (PMB #673)
  • Humbly We Adore Thee [Adoro te devote] (PMB #675, CBW #587, CH #369, SMH #352, EH #204)
  • Jesus, Bread in Mercy Broken (HPSC #200)
  • Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All (WIII #488, AH #516, CH #544, SMH #377, EH 460, VII #324)
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (AH #605, CBW #571, CH #377, HPSC #209, ICEL #137, PMB #657, WIII #523, CHB #120, SMH #394, EH #197, VII #286)
  • Lord, Who At Your First Eucharist Did Pray (HPSC #217, CBW #605, SMH #408)
  • O Bread of Life (PMB #664)
  • O Christ, the World's Salvation (Dennis DiPaolo)
  • O God, Unseen, Yet Ever Near (HPSC #242, EH #198)
  • O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts (WIII #605, ICEL #139, HH #249, CH #510, SMH #450, EH #485)
  • O Living Bread from Heaven (ICEL #142, CH #397, SMH #456)
  • O Lord, I Am Not Worthy (CD #894, AH #512, CH #376, SMH #458, VII #304)
  • O Saving Victim (AH #519, CBW #585, CH #362, HPSC #260, ICEL #141, PMB #677, WIII #757, CHB #277, EH #209)
  • O Source of Life Divine (CD #888)
  • O Thou, Who at Thy Eucharist Didst Pray (AH #521)
  • Panis angelicus (AH #523, CH #363, SMH #490, VII #309)
  • Praise We Christ's Immortal Body [Pange lingua] (PMB #674)
  • See Us, Lord, about Your Altar (PMB #666, CH #392, CBW #565, SMH #518)
  • Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless (CH #390, HPSC #294, ICEL #144, WIII #728, SMH #522, EH #213)
  • Soul of My Savior (ICEL #146, CH #385, AH #522, HPSC #305, CHB #129, SMH #533, VII #297)
  • Weave a Song within the Silence [Pange lingua] (HH #250)
  • Wondrous Gift! (ICEL #149, CH #398)
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

Organ Music

  • Adoration on a Traditional French Melody (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, February 1983]
  • Adoro te devote (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-Six Miniatures]
  • Break Thou the Bread of Life (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, October 1980]
  • Concerto for Organ and Strings (Michael Starke)
  • Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, February 1983]
  • Duet and Trio on Hyfrydol [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Fugue sur le Pange lingua (Nicolas deGrigny) [Anthologia pro organo II - Schott Frères]
  • Humbly I Adore Thee (Myron Casner) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Hyfrydol (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, November 1999]
  • Improvistaion / Elevation from Suite medievale (Jean Langlais)
  • Interlude for Communion: Variations on Lauda Sion salvatorem (Fritz Goller) [Consoliere IV-4 - World Library Publ]
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Myron Cassner) [Parish Organist XII - Concordia]
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (John Diercks) [Six Sacred Compositions for Organ - Abingdon APM-255]
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Great Hymns of Faith - Morning Star Music Publ 10-839]
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Richard Warner) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending (Gerald Bales) [Preludes and Postludes, Vol 2 - Augsburg]
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Meditation on Adoro te devote (Alfred Fedak) [Selah]
  • Meditation on Adoro te devote (Jack Goode) [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • Meditation on Picardy (Edward Beals) [Organist's Companion, January 1993]
  • Music for a Festive Occasion (Tim Knight) CNP Catalog #6056
  • Pange lingua (Nicolas deGrigny) [Anthologia pro organo IV - Schott Frères]
  • Pange lingua (Jean Titelouze) [Anthologia pro organo I - Schott Frères] [Organist's Companion, September 1996]
  • Partita on Adoro te devote (Anthony Giamanco) [Organist's Companion, May & September 2000]
  • Prelude and Varied Harmonization on Picardy (Anthony Giamanco) [Organist's Companion, January 2001]
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Iteke Prins) [Organist's Companion, March 2002]
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes - Galaxy Music Corp]
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (Healey Willan) [Ten Hymn Preludes, Set I - Peters 6011]
  • Prelude on Pange lingua (A.P.F. Boëly)
  • Prelude on Pange lingua (Donna N. Robertson)
  • Prelude on Picardy (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Meditations on Communion Hymns - Flammer]
  • Prelude on Saint Agnes (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Meditations on Communion Hymns - Flammer]
  • Prelude on Saint Agnes (Gordon Young) [Collage for Organ - Flammer HF-5011]
  • Prelude on the Gregorian Song Pange lingua" (A.P.F. Boely) [Historical Organ Recitals III - G. Schirmer 1090 ]
  • Recessional (Charles Talmidge) [J. Fischer]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Johannes Brahms) [Eleven Chorale Preludes]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (C.F. Engelbrecht) [Organist's Companion, January 2000]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (M.F.A. Koehler) [Organist's Companion, January 1999]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (F.W. Marpurg) [Twenty-one Chorale Preludes - Augsburg]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Dennis Northway) [Organist's Companion, February 1986]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Meditations on Communion Hymns - Flammer]
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (J.G. Walther) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury III - Oliver Ditson Co] [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness (Theodore Beck) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness (Johannes Brahms) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness (Paul Manz) from Improvisations on Classic Chorales [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-843]
  • Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 1 - Concordia 97-5019]
  • Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness (Max Reger) [Chorale Preludes for the Church Year - Carl Fischer]
  • Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness (G.P. Telemann) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • Sing, My Tongue, the Savior's Glory (Wilbur Held) [Organist's Companion, June 1986]
  • Sing, My Tongue, the Savior's Glory (Paul Manz) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Thee We Adore (Daniel Burton) [Organist's Companion, March 1999]
  • Thee We Adore, O Savior (G. Winston Cassler) [This Is the Victory - Augsburg 11-9497]
  • Thee We Adore, O Savior (Healey Willan) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • Tiento: Pange lingua (Johannis Cabanilles) [Anthologia pro organo II - Schott Frères]
  • Toccata and Variation on Hyfrydol (Gordon Young) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • Two Chant Meditations (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Variants on Let All Mortal Flesh (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, October 1982]
  • Variations on Adoro te devote (Dale Wood) [Music for Organ - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Versets on the Hymn Chant Pange lingua (Gian Domenico Cattenacci) [Italian Organ Music of the 18th Century II]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

If Eucharistic Adoration occurred during the day, and the period of exposition is to be closed at Mass, this order should be followed, according to the Order for the Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist (USCCB 1992)

  • The Eucharist is placed in the tabernacle before Mass begins.
  • Exposition: Immediately after the distribution of communion, the monstrance is placed on the altar. The deacon (or priest) places the host in the monstrance. All should be kneeling.
  • The celebrant stands and says the Prayer after Communion. The concluding rites of the Mass are omitted.
  • The celebrant incenses the Eucharist while a song is sung.
  • The celebrant in white cope or Mass vestments, wearing a humeral veil, may carry the monstrance in procession. Songs should be sung during the procession.
  • After the procession the monstrance is returned to the altar.
  • The celebrant prays one of the prayers for Benediction.
  • Wearing the humeral veil, the celebrant genuflects and blesses the people with the host in the monstrance.
  • The deacon (or priest) removes the host from the monstrance and places it in the tabernacle. Another song may be sung or instrumental music may accompany the ministers from the altar to the sacristy.
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