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The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul [Vigil Mass]

  • By All Your Saints Still Striving (WIII #706, HH #284)
  • Christ Is the King (WIII #500, CH #540, HH #286, CBW #546)
  • Christian, Do You Hear the Lord? (WIII #594, CH #448)
  • Faith of Our Fathers (WIII #571, ICEL #186, HPSC #152, CH #634, PMB #149, CBW #603, AH #603, CHB #183)
  • Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted (WIII #558, HPSC #156, CH #374, PMB #121, CBW #676, AH #515, CHB #116)
  • Fight the Good Fight (ICEL #187)
  • From All Thy Saints in Warfare (AH #592)
  • Give Me the Wings of Faith (CHB #167)
  • God, We Praise You (WIII #535)
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (WIII #524, ICEL #134, HPSC #180, CBW #631, PMB #127, AH #461, CH #568, CHB #222)
  • Jesus Shall Reign (ICEL #101, WIII #492, HH #253, PMB #107, CH #508, CHB #231)
  • Let All on Earth Their Voices Raise (WIII #716, CHB #168)
  • Let All the World with Songs Rejoice (CH #338, ICEL #195, HH #299)
  • 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 Church Triumphant in Thy Love (HPSC #314)
  • The Beauteous Light of God' Eternal Majesty (CHB #172)
  • The Eternal Gifts of Christ the King (HPSC #317, ICEL #203, HH #300, CH #343)
  • The Father's Holy Ones, the Blest (HH #293)
  • Two Noble Saints (WIII #699)
  • Wouldst Thou A Patron See? (CHB #173)
  • Ye Servants of God (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)
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
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.
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.
Liturgical Music:
  • "May Christ Be Our Life" from Seven Roman Basilica Processionals (Gary Penkala) CNP Catalog #3073 [Basilica of Saint Paul's-outside-the-Walls]
  • "Mass of the Redemption" (Calvert Shenk) CNP Catalog #3125
  • "The Loyal Sheep" from Seven Roman Basilica Processionals (Michael Dudis) CNP Catalog #3072 [Basilica of Saint Peter at the Vatican]
Choral Music:
  • "Christus Paradox" (Randall Sensmeier) [GIA Publications]
  • "Feed My Lambs" (Natalie Sleeth) [Carl Fischer]
  • "Fight the Good Fight" (Austin Lovelace) [GIA Publications]
  • "Sancti Dei omnes" (J.M. Haydn/Proulx) [GIA Publications]
  • "Simon, Son of John (Michael Starke) CNP Catalog #5154
  • "Te Deum laudamus" (Haydn, Mozart, Langlais)
  • "Te Deum laudamus" (Calvert Shenk) CNP Catalog #5107
  • "The Heavens Are Telling" from The Creation (F.J. Haydn)
  • "The Heavens Declare" (William Billings) [Concordia]
  • "The Heavens Declare the Glory of God" (Thomas Tomkins) [Concordia]
  • "Their Sound Is Gone Out" from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • "Their Sound Is Gone Out" (Arthur Wills) [Novello]
  • "There Is A Balm in Gilead" (Spiritual)
  • "Tu es Petrus" (Palestrina)
Organ Music:
  • "Cantilene" from Symphonie romane (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • "Festive Processionals for Organ and Brass" (Calvert Shenk) CNP Catalog #6033
  • "Messa apostolorum" (Andrea Gabrieli)
  • "Messa degli apostoli" (Girolamo Cavazzoni)
  • "Prelude to Te Deum" (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
  • "Psalm XIX" (Benedetto Marcello)
  • "Ricercare" (Fabrizio Fontana)
  • "Toccata II tono" (Bernardo Pasquini)
  • "Tu es petra" from Esquisses byzantines (Henri Mulet) [Durand]
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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