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The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul [At the Mass during the Day]

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Nunc scio vere, quia misit Dominus [Graduale Romanum, p.575]
    2. Nunc scio vere, quia misit Dominus [Gregorian Missal, p.641]
    3. Nunc scio vere, quia misit Dominus (William Byrd)
    4. Misit Dominus Angelum suum [Graduale simplex, p.282]
    5. Now I know that the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.378 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. These men, conquering all human frailty [Simple Choral Gradual, p.278 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Peter the Apostle, and Paul the teacher [Lumen Christi Missal, p.964 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Now I Know My Lord [tune: Lauda anima] from Introit Hymns 80 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Constitues eos principes [Graduale Romanum, p.576]
    2. Constitues eos principes [Gregorian Missal, p.642]
    3. Constitues eos principes (Jean de Bonmarché, William Byrd, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    4. Constitues eos principes [Graduale simplex, p.283]
    5. Constitues eos principes (Jean de Bonmarché, William Byrd, José Maurício Nunes Garcia)
    6. Chabanel Psalmody
    7. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Tu es Petrus [Graduale Romanum, p.576]
    2. Tu es Petrus [Gregorian Missal, p.643]
    3. Tu es Petrus (William Byrd, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Gabriel Fauré, Hans Leo Hassler, Cristóbal de Morales, Giovanni Pierluig da Palestrina, Lorenzo Perosi, Peter Philips. Tomás Luis de Victoria )
    4. In convertendo Dominus [Graduale simplex, p.284]
    5. In convertendo Dominus captivitatem Zion (Hans Leo Hassler)
  • Offertory:
    1. Constitues eos principes [Graduale Romanum, p.434]
    2. Constitues eos principes [Gregorian Missal, p.644]
    3. Constitues eos principes (Jean de Bonmarché, William Byrd, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    4. Constitues eos principes. [Graduale simplex, p.285]
    5. You will make them princes [Simple English Propers, p.379 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. You will make them princes [Simple Choral Gradual, p.279 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. You will make them princes [Lumen Christi Missal, p.964 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. Tu es Petrus [Graduale Romanum, p.577]
    2. Tu es Petrus [Gregorian Missal, p.645]
    3. Tu es Petrus [Communio, p.267 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Tu es Petrus [Graduale simplex, p.286]
    5. Tu es Petrus (William Byrd, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Gabriel Fauré, Hans Leo Hassler, Cristóbal de Morales, Giovanni Pierluig da Palestrina, Lorenzo Perosi, Peter Philips. Tomás Luis de Victoria )
    6. You are Peter [Simple English Propers, p.380 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. You are Peter [Choral Communio, p.207 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    8. Peter said: You are the Christ [Simple Choral Gradual, p.280 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. You are Peter [Lumen Christi Missal, p.965 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. You are Peter [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

  • 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)
  • 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 Light of Lights (HH #266) Change vs. 3 to "This day made regal by their blood Adorns eternal Rome. Their death makes strong our will to live before God's holy throne..."
  • 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)
  • Wouldst Thou A Patron See? (CHB #173)
  • Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim (CD #911, CH #519, HPSC #357)
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (HPSC #359, WIII #707, AH #416, HH #275, PMB #71, CH #578, CHB #275, SMH #617, EH #599)
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

  • Christus vincit (Gregorian chant) [see Catholic Hymn Book #298]
  • Estote fortes (Marenzio/Angelini)
  • Fight the Good Fight (Austin Lovelace) [GIA Publications]
  • Go Ye into All the World (Robert Wetzler) [Augsburg]
  • Gustate et videte (Heinrich Isaac) [Chester]
  • Hodie Simon Petrus (William Byrd)
  • O Taste and See (R. Evan Copley) [Augburg]
  • O Taste and See (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Oxford]
  • Sancti Dei omnes (J.M. Haydn/Proulx) [GIA Publications]
  • Simon, Son of John (Michael Starke)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Charpentier, Haydn, Mozart, Langlais)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Calvert Shenk)
  • The Keys of the Kingdom (Clifford McCormick) [Shawnee]
  • Their Sound Is Gone Out from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • There Is A Balm in Gilead (Spiritual)
  • Thou Art Peter (Tony Hewitt-Jones) [RSCM]
  • Tu es Petrus (William Byrd, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Maurice Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, Hans Leo Hassler, Cristóbal de Morales, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Lorenzo Perosi, Peter Philips, Tomás Luis de Victoria )
  • Upon This Rock (John Ness Beck) [G. Schirmer]
  • You Are Peter (William Tambylyn) [Boosey & Hawkes]

Organ Music

  • Chorale Fantasie on Lasst uns erfreuen (Flor Peeters) [Novello]
  • Chorale Prelude on the Tune Saint Peter (T. Tertius Noble) [Arthur P. Schmidt Co]
  • Chorale Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen (R. Evan Copley) [H.W. Gray]
  • Faith of Our Fathers (Jack C. Goode) [Organist's Companion, October 1983]
  • Faith of Our Fathers (Burton Isaac)
  • Festive Processionals for Brass and Organ (Calvert Shenk)
  • Grosser Gott wir loben dich (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Heinrich Fleischer) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Pentecost Season - Concordia 97-5517]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for Pentecost & Trinity Sunday - Morning Star Music Publ 10-500]
  • How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds (Paul Bouman) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Jesus Shall Reign (Burton Isaac)
  • Lasst uns erfreuen (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, May 2001]
  • Messa apostolorum (Andrea Gabrieli)
  • Messa degli apostoli (Girolamo Cavazzoni)
  • Music for a Festive Occasion (Tim Knight)
  • Postlude and Chorale on Grosser Gott (Michael Sullivan) [Organist's Companion, May 1991]
  • Prelude on Grosser Gott (Michael Sullivan)
  • Prelude on Saint Catherine (James F. Konkel) [Organist's Companion, September 1992]
  • Reflection on Saint Caherine (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, October 1984]
  • Reverie on Saint Peter (Eric Thiman) [Preludes and Voluntaries - G. Schirmer]
  • Ricercare (Marcantonio Cavazzoni)
  • Saint Catherine (David S. Harris) [Ten Hymn Preludes in Trio Style - Belwin-Mills]
  • Sorite (Theodore Dubois)
  • Toccata in do (Michelangelo Rossi)
  • Toccata on Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Kevin Norris) [H.W. Gray]
  • Tu es petra from Esquisses byzantines (Henri Mulet) [Durand]
  • Valet will ich dir geben (J.S. Bach) Orgelwerke VII [C.F. Peters #246]
  • Valet will ich dir geben (J.S. Bach) arr. from Christus der ist mein Leben Church Organist's Golden Treasury III [Oliver Ditson Co]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

This great solemnity recalls the Princes of the Apostles, Saint Peter and Saint Paul, both martyred in Rome about 30 years after Christ's death and resurrection. Peter died on a cross, upside down (at his request, for he did not feel worthy to die exactly like the Master). The spot is thought to have been the Circus (sports field) of Nero near the ancient Vatican hill outside early Rome. His body was reverently brought by the early Christians to the Vatican hill. Its resting place has been verified by archeological digs as precisely under the main altar of the first and also the present Saint Peter's Basilica.

Saint Paul, a Roman citizen, was not subjected to the cruelty of crucifixion. His martyrdom came by the sword. After he was beheaded, his body was carried south of the city, and he was buried on the site of the present Basilica of Saint Paul's-outside-the-Walls.

This solemnity's ties to Rome are obvious. The two great basilicas are commemorated musically in CNP's processionals: The Loyal Sheep, inspired by Saint Peter's at the Vatican; and May Christ Be Our Life, inspired by Saint Paul's-outside-the-Walls.

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