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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Protector noster aspice [Graduale Romanum, p.323]
    2. Protector noster aspice [Gregorian Missal, p.527]
    3. Protector noster (Carl Ludwig Drobisch)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. Behold, O God, our protector [Simple English Propers, p.277 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. God, our protector [Simple Choral Gradual, p.205 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Turn your eyes, O God our shield [Lumen Christi Missal, p.941 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Turn your eyes, O God our shield [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.70 / Mode 4 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    9. Behold, O God, and See the Face [tune: Duke Street] from Introit Hymns 57 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Bonum est confidere in Domino, quam confidere [Graduale Romanum, p.324]
    2. Bonum est confidere in Domino, quam confidere [Gregorian Missal, p.528]
    3. Bonum est confidere (Ascanio Trombetti)
    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. Caro mea vere est cibus [Graduale Romanum, p.378]
    2. Caro mea vere est cibus [Gregorian Missal, p.415]
    3. Caro mea vere est cibus (Heinrich Finck, Mathieu Gascongne, Francisco Guerrero)
    4. Choose one Alleluia or Psalmus alleluiaticus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
  • Offertory:
    1. Immittet angelus Domini [Graduale Romanum, p.325]
    2. Immittet angelus Domini [Gregorian Missal, p.530]
    3. Immittet angelus Domini (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. The angel of the Lord shall encamp [Simple English Propers, p.278 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. The angel of the Lord is encamped [Simple Choral Gradual, p.206 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. The angel of the Lord will encamp [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.948 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. (B) Qui manducat carnem meam [Graduale Romanum, p.383]
    2. (B) Qui manducat carnem meam [Gregorian Missal, p.423]
    3. (B) Qui manducat carnem meam [Communio, p.213 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Qui manducat carnem meam (Jacob Handl, Claudio Merulo)
    5. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. (B) He who eats my flesh [Simple English Propers, p.280 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. (B) He who eats my flesh [Choral Communio, p.90 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    8. With the Lord there is mercy [Simple Choral Gradual, p.207 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. With the Lord there is mercy Psalm 130 (Christopher Bord)
    10. I am the living bread [Simple Choral Gradual, p.208 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    11. I am the living bread [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.953 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    12. (B) He who eats my flesh [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    13. With the Lord there is mercy [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.70 / Mode 6 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    14. I am the living bread [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.71 / Mode 6 (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

Hymns

  • Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs (CHB #210, ICEL #222, CH #560, HH #288, CD #851, SMH #268)
  • Festival Canticle: Worthy Is Christ (CH #265, WIII #458)
  • 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, LCH #81)
  • How Light the Bread of Angels from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • 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, LCH #84)
  • O Food of Exiles Lowly (WIII #729, CH #380, SMH #442, VII #284)
  • O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts (WIII #605, ICEL #139, HH #249, CH #510, SMH #450, EH #485)
  • Sing Alleluia, Praise the Lord (WIII #554)
  • Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (WIII #528, ICEL #246, HPSC #301, HH #203, SMH #527, VII #219)
  • 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, LCH #109)
  • To God with Gladness Sing (HPSC #335, WIII #2, CH #577)
  • When in Our Music God Is Glorified (WIII #549, PMB #154, CH #583)
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

Organ Music

  • Adoration on a Traditional French Melody (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, February 1983]
  • Adoro te devote (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-Six Miniatures]
  • Allegretto (Louis Vierne)
  • God of Grace and God of Glory (Wilbur Held)
  • Humbly I Adore Thee (Myron Casner) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Improvistation / Elevation from Suite medievale (Jean Langlais)
  • 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]
  • Meditation / Communion from from Suite medievale (Jean Langlais)
  • Meditation on Adoro te devote (Jack Goode) [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • Meditation on Picardy (Edward Beals) [Organist's Companion, January 1993]
  • O Bread of Life from Heaven (Jan Bender) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • Partita on Adoro te devote (Anthony Giamanco) [Organist's Companion, May & September 2000]
  • Prelude & Fugue in a minor (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude and Varied Harmonization on Picardy (Anthony Giamanco) [Organist's Companion, January 2001]
  • Prelude on Adoro te (Donna N. Robertson) [Seven Preludes for the Church Year]
  • Prelude on Engelberg (Robert Hobby) [Three Hymns of Praise, Set 2 - Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Prelude on Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Wilbur Held)
  • Prelude on Picardy (Donna N. Robertson) [Seven Preludes for the Church Year]
  • Prelude on Picardy (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Meditations on Communion Hymns - Flammer]
  • Prelude on the Gregorian Song Pange lingua (A.P.F. Boely) [Historical Organ Recitals III - G. Schirmer 1090 ]
  • Recessional (Charles Talmidge) [J. Fischer]
  • Rigaudon (André Campra)
  • Thaxted from Two Preludes on British Hymns (John Ignatowski)
  • 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]
  • Toccata septima (Gottlieb Muffat)
  • 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]

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: Communion (GIRM #87-88)

[An antiphon from the Graduale Romanum may also be used for the communion song, with or without the psalm, or an antiphon with psalm from the Graduale simplex or another suitable liturgical chant approved by the Conference of Bishops may be used.]

However, if there is no singing, the antiphon given in the Missal may be recited either by the faithful, or by some of them, or by a reader; otherwise, it is recited by the Priest himself after he has received Communion and before he distributes Communion to the faithful.

When the distribution of Communion is over, if appropriate, the Priest and faithful pray quietly for some time. If desired, a Psalm or other canticle of praise or a hymn may also be sung by the whole congregation.

Commentary: We must realize that while the GIRM mentions the possibility of a psalm, canticle, or hymn after communion (after having sung a psalm, canticle or hymn during communion), it does so with no vision of what we in the United States call a "Closing Song." There is no Closing Song in the rubrics of the Roman rite. In fact, it's not even mentioned as a possibility. Mass ends with "Go forth, the Mass is ended." "Thanks be to God."

If a Communion Hymn and a "Closing Hymn" are scheduled, don't even consider another congregational piece after communion. When a Communion Hymn and a Hymn after Communion are both to be sung (though I really see no good in this) at the very least eliminate the Closing Hymn and have an Organ Recessional.

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