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The Third Sunday of Lent (B)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Oculi mei [Graduale Romanum, p.96]
    2. Oculi mei [Gregorian Missal, p.252]
    3. Oculi mei [Graduale simplex, p.96]
    4. Oculi mei (Estêvão Lopes Morago)
    5. Dum sanctificatus fuero [Graduale Romanum, p.249]
    6. Dum sanctificatus fuero [Gregorian Missal, p.391]
    7. My eyes are forever turned toward the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.68 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    8. My eyes are ever fixed on the Lord [Simple Choral Gradual, p.54 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. When I vindicate my holiness [Simple English Propers, p.69 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    10. I will prove my holiness through you [Simple Choral Gradual, p.55 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    11. My Eyes Are Fixed on God [tune: Saint Bride] from Introit Hymns #17 (Christoph Tietze)
    12. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
    13. My eyes are always on the Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.919 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    14. My eyes are always on the Lord [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.20 / Mode 7 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    15. When I prove my holiness among you [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.20 / Mode 3 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Exsurge Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.96]
    2. Exsurge Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.254] 
    3. Exsurge Domine (Alessandro Scarlatti)
    4. Festina in adiutorium meum [Graduale simplex, p.97]
    5. Miserere nostri Domine [Graduale simplex, p.98]
    6. Miserere nostri Domine (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Ascanio Trombetti)
    7. Chabanel Psalmody
    8. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
    9. Common Psalms for Schools & Parishes (Thomas Cosley)
  • Tract (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Ad te levavi oculos meos [Graduale Romanum, p.97]
    2. Ad te levavi oculos meos [Gregorian Missal, p.255]
    3. Ad te levavi oculos meos (G.P. da Palestrina, Jeffrey Quick, Ascanio Trombetti)
    4. Non in solo pane [Graduale simplex, p.99]
    5. Qui confidunt in Domino [Graduale simplex, p.99]
    6. Qui confidunt in Domino (Krystof Harant)
  • Offertory:
    1. Iustitiæ Domini [Graduale Romanum, p.309]
    2. Iustitiæ Domini [Gregorian Missal, p.256] 
    3. Iustitiæ Domini (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Alessandro Scarlatti)
    4. Frange esurienti [Graduale simplex, p.100]
    5. The ordinances of the Lord are right [Simple English Propers, p.70 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. Sweeter are they than honey [Simple Choral Gradual, p.56 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
    8. The judgments of the Lord are right [Lumen Christi Missal, p.917 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. (B/C) Passer invenit [Graduale Romanum, p.306]
    2. (B/C) Passer invenit [Gregorian Missal, p.502]
    3. Illuminatio mea [Graduale simplex, p.101]
    4. (B/C) Passer invenit [Communio, p.188 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    5. The sparrow has found herself a home [Simple English Propers, p.71 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. The sparrow even finds a home [Simple Choral Gradual, p.58 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Whoever drinks the water [Simple Choral Gradual, p.57 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Mass Propers for Lent (Gary Penkala)
    9. Whoever drinks the water [Choral Communio, p.32 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    10. For anyone who drinks it [Lumen Christi Missal, p.920 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. Blessed are they who dwell in your house [Lumen Christi Missal, p.920 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    12. (B/C) Blessed are they who dwell in your house [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    13. For anyone who drinks it [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.21 / Mode 7 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    14. The sparrow finds a home [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.21 / Mode 8 (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


  • All Who Believe and Are Baptized (CD #862)
  • 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 and Let Us Drink of That New River (WIII #723, HH #123, CH #351)
  • Hail the Sign, the Cross of Jesus (HPSC #177)
  • Hear Our Entreaties, Lord (AH #366, CH #238, ICEL #254, PMB #48, WIII #414, CHB #293)
  • I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (WIII #607, HPSC #192, ICEL #157, CH #453, AH #579, SMH #355, EH #424, LCH #44)
  • I Lift My Eyes to You, O Lord (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • O God of Pity (HH #70)
  • Sole Hope of All the World (CH #247)
  • The Perfect Law of God (HPSC #327)
  • There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (WIII #595, ICEL #52, PMB #54, AH #613, CH #535, CHB #268, SMH #575, EH #304, LCH #122)
  • You Have Looked upon the Lowly (PMB #60)
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

  • Adoramus te Christe (Antonio Lotti)
  • Agnus Dei from Missa brevis (Palestrina)
  • Attende Domine (John Osterhagen)
  • Ave Regina cælorum (Peter Latona)
  • Ave verum corpus (William Byrd, Edward Elgar, W.A. Mozart)
  • Ave verum corpus (Gregorian chant) [Liber usualis, p.1856]
  • God So Loved the World from The Crucifixion (John Stainer)
  • How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings Fair (Colin Brumby)
  • How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place from A German Requiem (Johannes Brahms)
  • Kyrie eleison from Missa secunda (Hans Leo Hassler)
  • Miserere mei Domine (Calvert Shenk)
  • O Crux ave (Rev. David Friel)
  • O God of Hosts, the Mighty Lord (John Broderip, Richard Partridge)
  • O How Amiable (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • O Lord, Increase My Faith (Orlando Gibbons)
  • O Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me (Carrie Nixon)
  • On Your Cross (Sr. Edith Scholl)
  • Quam dilecta (Camille Saint-Saëns)
  • Sicut cervus (Palestrina/Angelini)
  • Stabat Mater from Two Three-part Motets (Colin Brumby)
  • The Holy Ten Commandments (Joseph Haydn) [Mercury]
  • The Law of the Lord from Six Scriptural Anthems (Eugene Englert) [WLP]
  • Turn Thee to Me (William Boyce) [Oxford]

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:

  • Christe, du Lamm Gottes (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Ein Lammlein geht in tragt die Schuld (Johann Pachelbel) from 80 Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • Ein Lammlein geht in tragt die Schuld (J.G. Walther) from The Church Organist's Golden Treasury, Vol.1 [Oliver Ditson Co.]
  • Improvisation on Attende Domine (Robert Hebble) from For the Masses [The Sacred Music Press]
  • O Christ, Thou Lamb of God (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Lenten Season, Set 1 [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-300]
  • Stanzas from Attende Domine (Robert Kreutz) [Organist's Companion, June 1987]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

Today's Gospel shows Christ's spontaneous anger at those who perverted his Father's temple. We, as liturgists, musicians and presiders, are offered a stern warning, lest we fall into the trap of sullying the "temple liturgy" with our own personal adaptations. The Mass ritual holds more authority than reader, musician or even priest!

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