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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (A)

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Other liturgical music


  • All Glory, Praise and Honor (CH #257, AH #353)
  • All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (WIII #494, ICEL #102, HH #285, PMB #99, CH #521, CHB #199, SMH #204, EH #355, VII #225)
  • All Praise to Thee, For Thou, O King Divine (CH #547, EH #366)
  • At the Name of Jesus (WIII #499, ICEL #104, HPSC #116, CBW #538, HH #137, AH #602, CH #538, CHB #207, SMH #225, EH #356, VII #310)
  • Born of the Father, Image Pure and Bright (CH #523)
  • Christ Is the King (WIII #500, CH #540, HH #286, CBW #546, EH #543)
  • Christ Is the World's Light (CBW #543, HPSC #130, WIII #543, CD #897, EH #258)
  • Come, Christians, Join to Sing (SMH #265)
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (AH #481, CBW #549, CH #525, HPSC #145, ICEL #106, PMB #96, WIII #496, CHB #141, SMH #272, EH #352, VII #214)
  • Festival Canticle: Worthy Is Christ (CH #265, WIII #458)
  • Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go (WIII #627, HPSC #160, CBW #550, CH #641, CD #895, CBW #550)
  • Glory Be to God the Father (CH #588, CBW #528)
  • God, We Praise You (WIII #535, SMH #317)
  • Hail, O Once Despised Jesus (HPSC #175, EH #357)
  • Hail, Redeemer, King Divine (CH #337, PMB #101, HPSC #173, HH #267, AH #482, SMH #331, CHB #142)
  • Hail the Long-awaited Son from Hymns for the Liturgical Year (Kathleen Pluth)
  • Hail to the Lord's Anointed (AH #354, CH #175, HH #54, HPSC #181, ICEL #229, CHB #3, SMH #328, EH #545)
  • Jesus Shall Reign (ICEL #101, WIII #492, HH #253, PMB #107, CH #508, CHB #231, SMH #381, EH #542)
  • Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates! (AH #485, HH #19, HPSC #211, ICEL #7, WIII #363, SMH #399, EH #484, VII #211)
  • Look, O Look, the Sight Is Glorious (WIII #468, EH #105)
  • Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor (CD #893, CH #545, CHB #121)
  • O Christ, Our Hope (ICEL #107, HH #269, CH #509, SMH #435)
  • O Christ, the World's Salvation (Dennis DiPaolo)
  • O Merciful Redeemer (CH #539, CBW #484)
  • O Praise Ye the Lord (HPSC #259, CBW #649, WIII #539, ICEL #238, CD #906, CHB #253)
  • O Worship the King (AH #483, CH #571, HH #201, HPSC #268, PMB #138, CHB #255, SMH #472, EH #288)
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (WIII #530, HPSC #279, ICEL #242, CBW #650, PMB #123, AH #611, CHB #258, CH #513, SMH #495, EH #282, VII #216)
  • Rejoice the Lord Is King (WIII #493, ICEL #108, HPSC #290, HH #181, CBW #645, CH #515, CHB #261, SMH #510, EH #350)
  • See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph (AH #431, CBH #89. EH #103)
  • Soul of My Savior (ICEL #146, CH #385, AH #522, HPSC #305, CHB #129, SMH #533, VII #297)
  • The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns (WIII #464, ICEL #105, HH #303, CH #516, CHB #90, SMH #561, EH #106, VII #253)
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (WIII #609, ICEL #165, HPSC #324, AH #580, CH #460, CHB #265, SMH #563/4, EH #345, VII #269)
  • The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns (CH #430, HH #15, HPSC #325, PMB #12, WIII #373, SMH #565, EH #11)
  • To Christ the Lord of Worlds (CHB #143)
  • To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King (CD #850, HPSC #336, WIII #497, CH #546, PMB #98, CBW #548, AH #480, SMH #580, VII #220)
  • Wake the Song of Jubilee (HH #276)
  • We Praise You, God (CH #579)
  • With Joy We Go up to the House of the Lord (HPSC #354)
  • Worthy the Lamb Who Died for Us [tune: Duke Street] from Introit Hymns #73 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Worthy the Lamb Who Died for Us [tune: Mit Freuden zart] from Introit Hymns #92 (Christoph Tietze)
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

  • Attend, O Earth, whilst I declare (Joseph Stephenson)
  • Blessed Is He from Three Sacred Rounds (Colin Brumby)
  • Christus vinvit (arr. Peter Latona)
  • Concentus gaudii: Cantate Domino (J. William Greene)
  • Come Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs (Benjamin Milgrove)
  • Come, Thou Faithful Servant (Claudio Monteverdi) [Ricordi]
  • Choral Fanfare for Christ the King (R.E. Smith) [GIA Publications]
  • Ecce vicit Leo / Dignus est Agnus (Peter Philips)
  • From All That Dwell (Colin Brumby)
  • Give Judgment for Me, O Lord (Colin Brumby)
  • Give the King Thy Judgments (William Boyce, William Croft)
  • Gloria in excelsis Deo from Gloria in D Major (Antonio Vivaldi)
  • God Is My Shepherd (Antonin Dvorak)
  • Hosanna David's Son (Niccolo Jommelli) [Carl Fischer]
  • Hosanna to the Son of David (Samuel Scheidt)
  • I Was Glad (William Boyce, C.H. Parry, Henry Purcell)
  • King of All Heavens (J.S. Bach)
  • Lætatus sum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Claudio Monteverdi, Antonio Vivaldi)
  • Laudate pueri Dominum (G.S. Geiger)
  • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Virgil Thomson) [H.W. Gray] N.B. You may wish to change the second phrase to "The God of love supreme..."
  • Now Glad of Heart (Paul Langston) [Howard Publications]
  • Now, My Tongue, the Mystery Telling (Alan Smith)
  • O Jesus, King Most Wonderful (Christopher Tye)
  • O quam suavis est (Calvert Shenk)
  • Psalm 24 (Paul Langston) [Howard Publications]
  • Psalmus 122 (J.P. Sweelinck)
  • Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love (Ned Rorem)
  • Since By Man Came Death from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Calvert Shenk)
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd (S.S. Wesley, Maurice Greene, W.S. Lloyd Webber, Randall Thompson, C.V Stanford, Franz Schubert)
  • The Twenty-third Psalm (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Oxford]
  • Worthy Is the Lamb from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Ye Servants of God (arr. Henry Coleman)

Organ Music

  • All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (Heinrich Fleischer) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Allegro from Suite gothique (Léon Boëllmann)
  • Chorale Prelude (Healey Willan)
  • Chorale Prelude on Diademata (James Pethel) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Chorale Prelude on Duke Street (Robert J. Powell) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • Christ Is Our Cornerstone (George T. Miles) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Christ the King (Dom Paul Benoit)
  • Ciacone in D (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Concerto for Organ and Strings (Michael Starke)
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (Robert Crane) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Pentecost Season - Concordia 97-5517]
  • Duke Street (Mark Albrecht) [Organist's Companion, March 2002]
  • Emporer's Fanfare (Antonio Soler)
  • Fanfare (Jacques Lemmens)
  • Fanfare on Lauda anima (Robert Hughes) [Organist, January 1982]
  • Festive Prelude on Coronation (Janet Correll) [Organist's Companion, March 1991]
  • How Wondrous and Great (David Johnson) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Hymn Prelude on Diademata (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Hymn Preludes for Ascension & Pentecost - Flammer]
  • Jesus Shall Reign (Burton Isaac)
  • Look, Ye Saints, the Sight Is Glorious (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for the Easter Season, Set I - Morning Star Music Publ 10-402]
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Music for a Festive Occasion (Tim Knight)
  • O Worship the King (Willem Mudde) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • O Worship the King (Robert Powell) [Organist's Companion, June 1984]
  • Partita on Duke Street (Donald Rotermund) [Concordia]
  • Partita on Gelobt sei Gott (Theodore Ripper) [Organist's Companion, April 1987]
  • Partita on O Worship the King (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, September 1996]
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (J.L. Adam) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (J.L. Andrews)
  • Prelude and Chorale on Duke Street (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, April 1980]
  • Prelude and Fugue in d minor / Dorian (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne (Dieterich Buxtehude)
  • Prelude in C Major (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude on Bryn calfaria (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes - Galaxy Music Corp]
  • Prelude on Coronation (Edward Mead) [Three Preludes]
  • Prelude on Diademata from Seven Preludes for the Church Year (Donna Robertson)
  • Prelude on Duke Street (Charles Ore, Burton Isaac, David Schack, G.W. Cassler)
  • Prelude on Gelobt sei Gott (Paul Manz) from Ten Chorale Improvisations, Set V [Morning Star Music Publishers]
  • Prelude on Hanover (Gordon Young) [Seven Chorale Preludes]
  • Prelude on Italian Hymn (Richard Proulx)
  • Prelude on Lauda anima (Robert Hughes, J.L. Adam)
  • Prelude on Saint Columba (Robin Milford, Wilbur Held, Gerhard Krapf, Healey Willan, Peter P. Stearns)
  • Prelude on Saint Magnus (Wayne Barlow, Robert Hobby)
  • Rhythmic Trumpet (Seth Bingham)
  • Sonata III (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Suite for Worship on Truro and Duke Street (G.W. Cassler) [Organist's Companion, April 1985]
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Robin Milford)
  • Thema mit variates (Hendrik Andriessen)
  • To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King (Edwin Fissinger) [Six Soft Pieces - WLSM 0-587]
  • Toccata on Darwall (Dennis R. Johnson) [Organist's Companion, July 1999]
  • Toccata on Duke Street (Gilbert Martin) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Toccata on Gelobet sei Gott (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, April 1986]
  • Variations on Duke Street (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, March 1996]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

During Ordinary Time we will highlight passages from the Roman Missal and other liturgical rubrics which are often overlooked or ignored. Be prepared for some surprises!

"To the Concluding Rites belong the following:

a) brief announcements, should they be necessary;
b) the Priest's Greeting and Blessing, which on certain days and occasions is expanded and expressed in the Prayer over the People or another more solemn formula;
c) the Dismissal of the people by the Deacon or the Priest, so that each may go back to doing good works, praising and blessing God;
d) the kissing of the altar by the Priest and the Deacon, followed by a profound bow to the altar by the Priest, the Deacon, and the other ministers." [GIRM #90]

What is of particular interest here is what's not in the rubrics. There is absolutely no mention whatsoever of any Closing Song. This has never been an official part of the Roman Rite. It has been added (unfortunately almost universally) in the United States as a feature borrowed from Protestant worship. Festive occasions, like the Solemnity of Christ the King, might be perfect opportunities to demonstrate the Latin rite as celebrated properly in Rome by using a brilliant organ toccata after the dismissal.

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