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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Inclina, Domine, aurem tuam [Graduale Romanum, p.326]
    2. Inclina, Domine, aurem tuam [Gregorian Missal, p.531]
    3. Inclina, Domine, aurem tuam (Giovanni Gabrieli, Cristóbal de Morales, Josef Ignaz Schnabel, Paolo Tarditi)
    4. Bow down thine ear (John Wall Callcott)
    5. Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    6. Incline your ear to me [Simple English Propers, p.283 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. Listen, Lord, and answer me [Simple Choral Gradual, p.209 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Turn your ear, O Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.942 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. Turn your ear, O Lord [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.71 / Mode 1 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    10. Incline Your Ear, O Lord [tune: Rhosymedre] from Introit Hymns 58 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Bonum est confidere in Domino: et psallere [Graduale Romanum, p.327]
    2. Bonum est confidere in Domino: et psallere [Gregorian Missal, p.533]
    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. Spiritus est qui vivificat [Graduale Romanum, p.245]
    2. Spiritus est qui vivificat [Gregorian Missal, p.534]
    3. xxxxCaro 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. Expectans exspectavi [Graduale Romanum, p.328]
    2. Expectans exspectavi [Gregorian Missal, p.535]
    3. Expectans expectavi (Orlando di Lasso)
    4. Choose one Antiphona ad offertorium and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    5. With expectation I have waited [Simple English Propers, p.284 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. I waited, I waited for the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.210 (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. De fructu operum tuorum [Graduale Romanum, p.383]
    2. De fructu operum tuorum [Gregorian Missal, p.536]
    3. De fructu operum tuorum [Communio, p.42 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Qui manducat carnem meam [Graduale Romanum, p.383]
    5. Qui manducat carnem meam [Gregorian Missal, p.423]
    6. Qui manducat carnem meam [Communio, p.213 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Qui manducat carnem meam (Jacob Handl, Claudio Merulo)
    8. Choose one Antiphona ad communionem and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time [Graduale simplex, pp.215-252]
    9. The earth will be satisfied [Simple English Propers, p.285 (Adam Bartlett)]
    10. With the fruit of your work [Choral Communio, p.158 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    11. He who eats my flesh [Choral Communio, p.90 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    12. Lord, the earth is filled [Simple Choral Gradual, p.211 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    13. The Lord says: the man who eats [Simple Choral Gradual, p.212 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    14. Whoever eats my flesh [Lumen Christi Missal, pp.952 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    15. You bring forth bread from the land [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    16. The earth is replete with the fruits of your work [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.72 / Mode 6 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    17. Whoever eats my flesh [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.72 / 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


  • 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)
  • Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether (CD #889, WIII #731)
  • Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer (ICEL #184)
  • Go Make of All Disciples (WIII #628, CH #635)
  • God Is Our Fortress and Our Rock (WIII #575)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy (WIII #485, ICEL #94, HPSC #185, CBW #634, CH #306, AH #460, CHB #96, SMH #343, EH #266, VII #209, LCH #126)
  • How Light the Bread of Angels from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Jesus, Lead the Way (WIII #611, EH #425)
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (ICEL #152, WIII #588, AH #470, CH #454, CHB #242, SMH #409, EH #479, VII #276, LCH #93)
  • O Love, Who Drew from Jesus' Side (AH #562, CH #492)
  • Take My Life and Let It Be (ICEL #201, CHB #263, EH #408)
  • The Works of the Lord Are Created in Wisdom (WIII #504)
  • Ubi caritas (CD #918, ICEL #60, CH #386, AH #390, CBW #575, CHB #309, SMH #582, LCH #54)
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

  • Anima Christi (Calvert Shenk)
  • Aquinas: Two Eucharistic Texts (Colin Brumby)
  • Choose You This Day (Carl Mueller) [Carl Fischer]
  • Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether (Harold Friedell)
  • Ego sum vitis vera (Anthony Corvaia, Jr)
  • Grieve Not the Holy Spirit (John Stainer) [Novello]
  • Gustate et videte (Heinrich Isaac) [Chester]
  • I waited meekly for the Lord (Stephen Jarvis)
  • I Want to Walk As A Child of the Light (Kathleen Thomerson) [GIA Publications]
  • In Perfect Charity (Randall DeBruyn) [OCP Publications]
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)
  • Lord, to Whom Shall We Go? (Willem Mudde) [Augsburg]
  • O Rest in the Lord from Elijah (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • O Taste and See (R. Evan Copley) [Augsburg]
  • O Taste and See (John Goss) [Novello]
  • O Taste and See (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Oxford]
  • Soul of Christ, Sanctify Me (Alan Smith)
  • Tantum ergo Sacramentum (Christopher L. Bord)
  • Therefore We, before Him Bending (James C. Morrison)
  • Two Settings of Tantum ergo (Rene Vierne & Wendelin Knauschner, ed. Andreas Willscher)

Organ Music

  • Adoro te devote (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-Six Miniatures]
  • Cantabile (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • Chorale Prelude on Holy, Holy, Holy (Beatrice Miller) [Organist's Companion, May 1993]
  • Fugue in b minor (César Franck)
  • Grosser Gott from Two Trios on Catholic Hymn Tunes (David Lasky)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy (Hugh Livingston) [Organist, May 1981]
  • Humbly I Adore Thee (Myron Casner) [Parish Organist XI - Concordia]
  • Hymn Prelude on Nicæa (Peter Pindar Stearns) [Eight Hymn Preludes for Ascension & Pentecost - Flammer]
  • Improvistation / Elevation from Suite medievale (Jean Langlais)
  • Jesus, Lead Thou On (J.S. Bach) [Parish Organist, Part 3 - Concordia]
  • Jesus, Lead Thou On (Paul Manz) [Parish Organist, Part 9: Wedding Music - Concordia]
  • Jesus, Lead Thou On (Max Reger) [Chorale Preludes for the Church Year - Carl Fischer]
  • Meditation / Communion from Suite medievale (Jean Langlais)
  • Meditation on Adoro te devote (Jack Goode) [Organist's Companion, June 1983]
  • O Bread of Life from Heaven (Jan Bender) [Organ Music for the Communion Service - Concordia 97-1395]
  • O Gott du frommer Gott (J.G. Walther)
  • Partita on Adoro te devote (Anthony Giamanco) [Organist's Companion, May & September 2000]
  • Partita on Nicæa (Charles Callahan) [Morning Star Music Publ]
  • Partita on Nicæa; (Kathleen Scheide) [Organist's Companion, May 1996]
  • Postlude in D (Healey Willan)
  • Prelude & Fugue in c minor (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Prelude on Hyfrydol (David Schack)
  • Recessional (Charles Talmidge) [J. Fischer]
  • 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]
  • Tiento: Pange lingua (Johannis Cabanilles) [Anthologia pro organo II - Schott Frères]
  • Variations on Adoro te devote (Dale Wood) [Music for Organ - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Variations on Nicæa (Robin Rokey) [Organist's Companion, May 1999]
  • Versets on the Hymn Chant Pange lingua (Gian Domenico Cattenacci) [Italian Organ Music of the 18th Century II]

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.

Duties and Ministries in the Mass (GIRM #99)

The lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. He may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of the psalmist, recite the psalm between the readings. In the celebration of the Eucharist, the lector has his own proper function, which he himself must carry out.

Commentary: There is an official ministry in the Roman rite called "lector." This ministry is conferred on deacon candidates and seminarians by a bishop as a step in their formation process toward premanent diaconate or priesthood. These are in actuality the "lectors" referred to in the liturgical rubrics. Since every parish does not have the benefit of one or more seminarians to read at Mass, by exception the Church allows other people (men and women) who are not these officially instituted lectors to read the Scripture other than the Gospel. In the absence of a deacon and cantor the reader may also assist with the Universal Prayer [formerly called Prayer of the Faithful or General Intercessions] and the Responsorial Psalm.

Since lector is the title of the officially-instituted minister, those men and women in the parish who assist with the First Reading and the Second Reading should properly be known as "readers," as they are called in the Roman Missal. The parish readers should defer to any instituted lectors present (for example, seminarians home for break or permanent deacon candidates in the parish), allowing them to read at Mass. These men have been instituted for this ministry — they are the ordinary ministers of Scripture; laity from the parish should always allow them to exercise this ministry, regardless of the "lector schedule." Humility and obedience are called for.

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