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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Dominus fortitudo plebis suæ [Graduale Romanum, p.294]
    2. Dominus fortitudo plebis suæ [Gregorian Missal, p.481]
    3. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    4. The Lord is the strength of his people [Simple English Propers, p.230 (Adam Bartlett)]
    5. God is the strength of his people [Simple Choral Gradual, p.173 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. The Lord is the strength of his people [Lumen Christi Missal, p.939 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. The Lord is the strength of his people [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.58 / Mode 2 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    8. The Lord Is the Strength of His People [tune: Saint Denio] from Introit Hymns 48 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Convertere Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.295]
    2. Convertere Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.483]
    3. Turn Thee Again, O Lord (Thomas Attwood)
    4. Choose one Psalmus responsorius from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. In te Domine speravi [Graduale Romanum, p.296]
    2. In te Domine speravi [Gregorian Missal, p.483]
    3. In te Domine speravi (Dieterich Buxtehude, Alessandro Grandi)
    4. In Thee, O Lord (John Weldon)
    5. Defend Me, Lord, from Shame (Stephen Jarvis)
    6. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Perfice gressus meos [Graduale Romanum, p.273]
    2. Perfice gressus meos [Gregorian Missal, p.484]
    3. Perfice gressus meos (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Franz Xaver Witt)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. Render secure my footsteps [Simple English Propers, p.231 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. I kept my feet firmly in your paths [Simple Choral Gradual, p.174 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Choose one Offertory Antiphon from any of those suggested in #144-157 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.946-949 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. (B) Circuibo et immolabo [Graduale Romanum, p.297]
    2. (B) Circuibo et immolabo [Gregorian Missal, p.486]
    3. (B) Circuibo et immolabo [Communio, p.36 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. (B) I shall walk round about his sanctuary [Simple English Propers, p.234 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. (B) I shall walk round about his sanctuary [Choral Communio, p.128 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. The eyes of all look to you [Simple Choral Gradual, p.175 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. I am the Good Shepherd [Simple Choral Gradual, p.176 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. Choose one Communion Antiphon from any of those suggested in #158-186 [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.949-956 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. (B) I will sing and recite a song [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    11. The eyes of all look to you [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.58 / Mode 5 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    12. I am the Good Shepherd [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.59 / Mode 5 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
  • 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


  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (WIII #617, HPSC #128, ICEL #183, CBW #542, CH #485, AH #561, CHB #209, SMH #255, EH #384, VII #306, LCH #156)
  • Come, Thou Almighty King (WIII #487, ICEL #91, CH #307, PMB #114, AH #484, SMH #269, EH #271, LCH #128)
  • Eternal, Unchanging, We Sing to Thy Praise (CD #907, HH #187)
  • God Is My Strong Salvation (HPSC #165, ICEL #208, CH #646, HH #302)
  • God, Whose Almighty Word (WIII #486, HH #190, CH #308, LCH #105)
  • His Voice Is in the Thunder, in the Storm (WIII #515)
  • How Firm A Foundation (CH #452, ICEL #193, WIII #585, HH #290, SMH #349, EH #564)
  • I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (WIII #607, HPSC #192, ICEL #157, CH #453, AH #579, SMH #355, EH #424, LCH #44)
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God (WIII #502, ICEL #228, HPSC #197, AH #616, CH #565, SMH #359, VII #218, LCH #96)
  • O God, beyond All Praising (WIII #579, HH #199, SMH #444, LCH #89)
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past (HPSC #241, WIII #579, ICEL #237, CBW #640, CH #457, PMB #128, HH #169, AH #624, CHB #249, SMH #446, EH #289, VII #203, LCH #92)
  • 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, LCH #80)
  • Sing Praise to Our Creator (PMB #112, AH #500, SMH #524)
  • Thy Strong Word Didst Cleave the Darkness (WIII #511, HH #206)
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.
LCH = Lumen Christi Hymnal, Illuminare Publications
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

  • Almighty and Everlasting God (Orlando Gibbons) [GIA Publications]
  • Anima Christi (Calvert Shenk)
  • Every Eye Waiteth upon Thee (Heinrich Schütz)
  • God Be in My Head from Three Sacred Rounds, Volume 2 (Colin Brumby)
  • I Will Praise the Name of God (John Blow) [Oxford]
  • In te Domine speravi (Dieterich Buxtehude) [Arista]
  • Lehre uns bedenken (Johann Hermann Schein)
  • Prayer of Saint Francis (Gary Penkala)
  • The Eyes of All Wait upon Thee (Jean Berger, Everett Titcomb)

Organ Music

  • Butresses from Gothic Suite (Gordon Young)
  • Come, Thou Almighty King (Healey Willan) [Parish Organist, Book 8 - Concordia 97-1404]
  • Ellacombe (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, March 1999]
  • Fanfare on Lauda anima (Robert Hughes) [Organist, January 1982]
  • Festival Intrada on Ellacombe (Roger Bailey) [Consoliere V-2]
  • Italian Hymn (Robin Dinda) [Organist's Companion, June 1987]
  • Italian Hymn (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, May 1998]
  • Italian Hymn (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, October 1981]
  • Jam lucis orto sidere from Three Preludes on Chant Hymns (Mark Siebert)
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Movements 1 & 2 from Sonata II (Paul Hindemith)
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Heinrich Fleischer) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (George T. Miles) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Partita on Saint Anne (Paul Manz) [Concordia 97-5307]
  • Pastorale on Trinity (Richard Proulx) [Consoliere V-2]
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (J.L. Adam) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Prelude on Ellacombe (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, March 1991]
  • Prelude on Italian Hymn (Richard Proulx)
  • Prelude on Lauda anima (Robert Hughes, J.L. Adam)
  • Prelude on Saint Anne (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • Procession (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, August 1980]
  • Processional in G Major (John Stanley)
  • Psalm XIX (Benedetto Marcello)
  • Three Pieces for Chamadron (Michael Starke)
  • Toccata on Saint Anne (Gordon Young) [Five Toccatas - Flammer HF-5009]
  • Toccata-Chorale on Slane (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, February 1986]
  • Toccata-Prelude on Saint Anne (Garth Edmundson) [J. Fischer & Bros]
  • Variations on Ellacombe [Organist's Companion, September 1996]
  • Variations on Saint Anne (James Konkel) [Organist's Companion, January 2001]
  • Vater unser in Himmelreich (J.S. Bach)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

During Ordinary Time in Year B we will highlight passages from the new General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM) that pertain to music during the liturgy. The GIRM contains rubrics and instructions (some of them new) for the celebration of the Mass. The first section below is a direct quote from the English translation of the document. The second section is a commentary on the passage.

Structure, Elements and Parts of the Mass: Introductory Rites (GIRM #48)

This chant (the Entrance Chant) is sung alternatley by the choir and the people or similarly by a cantor and the people, or entirely by the people, or by the choir alone. In the Dioceses of the United Stated of America there are four options for the Entrance Chant:

  1. the antiphon from the Missal or the antiphon with its Psalm from the Graduale Romanum as set to music there or in another setting;
  2. the antiphon and Psalm of the Graduale Simplex for the liturgical time;
  3. a chant from another collection of Psalms and antiphons, approved by the Conference of Bishops or the Diocesan Bishop, including Psalms arranged in responsorial or metrical forms;
  4. another liturgical chant that is suited to the sacred action, the day, or the time of year, similarly approved by the Conference of Bishops or the Diocesan Bishop.

Commentary: The Introductory Rites include those portions of the Mass which precede the Liturgy of the Word. Their purpose is to unite us as a community and to prepare us to listen to God's Word.

The Entrance Chant, an extension of the traditional Introit (meaning "entrance"), has a four-fold purpose. It begins the celebration, deepens our unity, introduces the mystery of the feast or season, and accompanies the procession of the priest and ministers to the altar. It is an important time for us to participate outwardly by singing, or inwardly by listening attentively to the schola, leaving worldly thoughts and cares behind and entering fully into the mysteries about to be celebrated. It is important to note that the Church gives us a Proper chant, the Introit, which should not lightly be ignored in favor of a hymn or other song.

In the Greeting we affirm our Christian faith with the Sign of the Cross. We dialogue, for the first of many times, with the priest, who acts in persona Christi ("in the person of Christ"). The three forms of the greeting, taken from the Epistles, were actually used by Saint Paul as salutations to the various churches to whom he was writing. The simple greeting, "Peace be with you," quoting not Saint Paul but Christ himself, is reserved to a bishop.

To be continued next Sunday...

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