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The Second Sunday of Lent (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Tibi dixit cor meum [Graduale Romanum, p.88]
    2. Tibi dixit cor meum [Gregorian Missal, p.246]
    3. Reminiscere miserationum [Graduale Romanum, p.81]
    4. Reminiscere miserationum [Gregorian Missal, p.247]
    5. Reminiscere miserationum (Carlo Gesualdo)
    6. Assumpsit Iesus [Graduale simplex, p.288]
    7. My heart declared to you [Simple English Propers, p.63 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    8. My heart has prompted me [Simple Choral Gradual, p.51 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. Remember your mercies, Lord [Simple English Propers, p.64 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    10. Remember your mercies, Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.50 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    11. My Heart Declared to You, O Lord [tune: Breslau] from Introit Hymns #16 (Christoph Tietze)
    12. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
    13. Of you my heart has spoken [Lumen Christi Missal, p.918 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    14. Remember your compassion, O Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.918 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    15. Of you my heart has spoken [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.18 / Mode 3 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    16. Remember your compassion, O Lord [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.19 / Mode 4 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    17. Call to Remembrance, O Lord (Richard Farrant, John Wall Callcott)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Sciant gentes [Graduale Romanum, p.88]
    2. Sciant gentes [Gregorian Missal, p.248]
    3. Miserere nostri Domine [Graduale simplex, p.98]
    4. Miserere nostri Domine (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Ascanio Trombetti)
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    7. Common Psalms for Schools & Parishes (Thomas Cosley)
  • Tract (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Commovisti Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.89]
    2. Commovisti Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.249]
    3. Non in solo pane [Graduale simplex, p.99]
    4. Qui confidunt [Graduale simplex, p.99]
    5. Variety, without Method (William Billings)
  • Offertory:
    1. Meditabor in mandatis tuis [Graduale Romanum, p.356]
    2. Meditabor in mandatis tuis [Gregorian Missal, p.250]
    3. Meditabor in mandatis tuis (Johann Kaspar Aiblinger, Franz Xaver Witt)
    4. Faciamus hic [Graduale simplex, p.291]
    5. I shall meditate upon your commandments [Simple English Propers, p.65 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. I will worship your commands [Simple Choral Gradual, p.52 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
    8. I will ponder your statutes [Lumen Christi Missal, p.918 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. Visionem quam vidistis [Graduale Romanum, p.59]
    2. Visionem quam vidistis [Gregorian Missal, p.252]
    3. Visionem quam vidistis [Graduale simplex, p.292]
    4. Visionem quam vidistis [Communio, p.296 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. Tell no one about the vision you have seen [Simple English Propers, p.66 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. This is my Son, my beloved [Simple Choral Gradual, p.53 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
    8. Tell no one about the vision you have seen [Choral Communio, p.30 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    9. Tell no one the vision you have seen [Lumen Christi Missal, p.918 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. This is my beloved Son [Lumen Christi Missal, p.919 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. Tell no one what you have seen [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    12. This is my beloved Son [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.19 / Mode 1 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Mass XVII (Adventus et Quadragesimae)
    2. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    3. Missa Deus Genitor alme (Harry McMurray)
    4. Wondrous Love: A Mass for Lent (J. William Greene)

Other liturgical music


  • Before Thy Throne, O God, We Kneel (CH #600, EH #499)
  • Christ upon the Mountain Peak (WIII #701, CD #820)
  • Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies (HPSC #132, CH #424, EH #153, LCH #168)
  • How Good, Lord, to Be Here (HH #74, WIII #700)
  • I Lift My Eyes to You, O Lord (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • O Lord of Light, by Love Inclined (CD #819)
  • O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair! (HH #77, HPSC #267, CH #512, EH #119, LCH #145)
  • The Glory of These Forty Days (AH #363, CBW #581, HH #72, HPSC #319, WIII #422, SMH #559, VII #243, LCH #41)
  • Tis Good, Lord, to Be Here (WIII #700, HH #74, CH #518, CHB #100, SMH #578)
  • What Wondrous Love Is This? (CD #822, WIII #600, HH #95, PMB #157, ICEL #164, CH #530, HH #95, SMH #607, LCH #50)
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

  • Abraham and Isaac (Giovanni Capello) [Abingdon]
  • Adoramus te (Robert Boulware)
  • Agnus Dei (Casciolini)
  • Anima Christi (Calvert Shenk)
  • Ave verum (Colin Brumby)
  • Ave verum corpus (W.A. Mozart)
  • Cast Thy Burden from Elijah (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Continue, Lord, to Hear My Voice (Richard Garbett)
  • Credidi (Nicola Porpora) [Novello]
  • Dominus illuminatio mea (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
  • Ductus est Jesus (Francisco Guerrero)
  • Et post dies sex (Francisco Guerrero)
  • If God Be For Us (Melchior Franck) [GIA Publications]
  • In illo tempore assumpsit Jesus Petrum (Francesco Soriano)
  • Jesus, Sun of Life, My Splendor (G.F. Handel)
  • Kyrie from Messe cum jubilo (Maurice Duruflé)
  • Miserere mei Domine (Calvert Shenk)
  • Psalm 130 (Paul Manz)
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O God (Eugene Englert)
  • Reminiscere (Gregorian chant) Proper Introit for Lent II [Liber usualis, p.545]
  • The Song of Christ's Glory (Alan Smith)
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs (R. Evan Copley)
  • Take Up Your Cross (Storm Knien)
  • Transfiguration (Alan Hovhaness) [Peters]

Organ Music

Rubrics indicate that the organ remain silent during Lent, except on Lætare Sunday or on other solemnities or festive days or at any time to accompany singing. Hence organ preludes and postludes should not be played (except on Lætare Sunday). Music for non-liturgical services might be chosen from the following:

  • Ah, Dearest Jesus (Wilbur Held) from A Suite of Passion Hymn Settings [Concordia 97-4843]
  • Versets for the Kyrie from Messa della domenica (Girolamo Frescobaldi)
  • Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Transfiguration event dominates today's liturgy. After last week's warning of the inevitable struggle with evil (the Temptation of Christ), the Church today asks us to meditate on the glories which are ours if we but persevere and remain faithful to God and his Christ. A touch of "glory" should invade our music today.

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