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The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary [At the Mass during the Day]

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Signum magnum apparuit [Graduale Romanum, p.590]
    2. Signum magnum apparuit [Gregorian Missal, p.655]
    3. Gaudeamus omnes in Domino [Graduale Romanum, p.591]
    4. Gaudeamus omnes in Domino [Gregorian Missal, p.655]
    5. Gaudeamus omnes in Domino (Karl Kempter)
    6. Assumpta est Maria [Graduale simplex, p.294]
    7. Assumpta est Maria (William Byrd, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Manoel Dias de Oliveira, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Peter Philips, Georg Prenner)
    8. A great sign appeared in heaven [Simple English Propers, p.390 (Adam Bartlett)]
    9. Let us all rejoice in the Lord [Simple English Propers, p.391 (Adam Bartlett)]
    10. A great sign appeared in heaven [Simple Choral Gradual, p.284 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    11. Let us all rejoice in the Lord [Lumen Christi Missal, p.966 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    12. A great sign appeared in heaven [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.107 / Mode 7 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    13. Let us all rejoice in the Lord [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.107 / Mode 1 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    14. A great sign appeared in heaven [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.860-862 / Ignatius Press]
    15. Behold! in Heav'n, Clothed with the Sun [tune: Saint Magnus] from Introit Hymns 83 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Audi, filia, et vide [Graduale Romanum, p.406]
    2. Audi, filia, et vide [Gregorian Missal, p.657]
    3. Audi, filia, et vide (William Byrd)
    4. Veni de Libano, sponsa mea / Song of Songs [Graduale simplex, p.295]
    5. Chabanel Psalmody
    6. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Assumpta est Maria [Graduale Romanum, p.591]
    2. Assumpta est Maria [Gregorian Missal, p.658]
    3. Assumpta est Maria (William Byrd, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Manoel Dias de Oliveira, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Peter Philips, Georg Prenner)
    4. Eructavit cor meum [Graduale simplex, p.296]
    5. Eructavit cor meum / Psalm 45 [Graduale simplex, p.297]
    6. Eructavit cor meum (Benedetto Pesenti)
  • Offertory:
    1. Assumpta est Maria [Graduale Romanum, p.592]
    2. Assumpta est Maria [Gregorian Missal, p.658]
    3. Assumpta est Maria (William Byrd, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Manoel Dias de Oliveira, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Peter Philips, Georg Prenner)
    4. Paradisi portæ per te nobis [Graduale simplex, p.299]
    5. Mary has been taken up into heaven [Simple English Propers, p.392 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. Mary has been taken up to heaven [Simple Choral Gradual, p.285 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary [Lumen Christi Missal, p.966 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Mary has been taken up into heaven [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.863-865 / Ignatius Press]
  • Communion:
    1. Beatam me dicent [Graduale Romanum, p.423]
    2. Beatam me dicent [Gregorian Missal, p.660]
    3. Beatam me dicent [Communio, p.15 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Beatam me dicent omnes generationes [Graduale simplex, p.300]
    5. Beatam me dicent (Francisco Valls)
    6. All generations shall call me blessed [Simple English Propers, p.393 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. All generations shall call me blessed [Choral Communio, p.212 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    8. All generations will call me blessed [Simple Choral Gradual, p.286 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary [Lumen Christi Missal, p.967 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. He who is mighty [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    11. All generations will call me blessed [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year, p.108 / Mode 8 (Columba Kelly OSB) OCP]
    12. All generations will call me blessed [Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 5 versions, pp.866-868 / Ignatius Press]
  • 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

  • Blessed Virgin Mother (HH #294)
  • Canticle of Mary (CH #433, CBW #68, SMH #250)
  • Daily, Daily, Sing to Mary (CHB #145, AH #544, SMH #278, VII #260)
  • Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above (AH #530, CBW #610, CH #312, HPSC #170, ICEL #112, PMB #180, WIII #702, CHB #146, SMH #330, VII #261, LCH #148)
  • O Christ, the World's Salvation (Dennis DiPaolo)
  • O Glorious Lady Throned in Rest (CD #844)
  • O Most Holy One (AH #542, CH #318, WIII #712, PMB #181, VII #369)
  • Planted Like Seeds Our Bodies Wait the Sound from Hymns for the Liturgical Year (Kathleen Pluth)
  • Sounds of Joy Have Put to Flight (AH #536, LCH #149)
  • Star of Sea and Ocean (HH #298)
  • Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord (HPSC #311, CD #846, CBW #638, CHB #264, WIII #534)
  • Who Is She Ascends So High (CH #322, ICEL #111)
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

  • A Marian Triptych (Leo Nestor)
  • Angelus (Christopher Garton-Zavesky)
  • Assumpta est Maria (William Byrd, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Manoel Dias de Oliveira, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Peter Philips, Georg Prenner)
  • Assumption New (Peter Latona) from Easy Marian Motets
  • Ave Maria (Arcadelt / Angelini)
  • Ave Maria (Victoria / Angelini)
  • Beata es, Virgo Maria (William Byrd, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Hans Leo Hassler, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Philippe Verdelot, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  • Diffusa est gratia (William Byrd)
  • Dulcissima Maria (Francisco Guerrero)
  • Felix namque es (William Byrd, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, José Maurício Nunes Garcia)
  • In Praise of the Virgin (Colin Brumby)
  • Magnificat (Jacques Berthier) [GIA Publications]
  • Magnificat (Ciro Grassi) [Saint Gregory Hymnal]
  • Magnificat brevis (Gary Penkala)
  • Mary, the Dawn (Justin Mulcahy) see Pius X Hymnal
  • O gloriosa Virginum (R.E. Smith) [GIA Publications]
  • O Lord, Arise (Thomas Weelkes) [Oxford]
  • O quam tu pulchra es (Alessandro Grandi)
  • Quasi cedrus (Francisco Guerrero)
  • Salve Regina (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 3
  • Tota pulchra es, Maria (J. William Greene)
  • Tota pulchra es (Giulio Belli, John Forest, Heinrich Isaac, Clemens Morel, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, John Plummer, Hieronymus Praetorius, Giovanni Battista Riccio, Ludwig Senfl, Robert White)
  • Vultum tuum (William Byrd, Josquin des Prez)

Organ Music

  • Ave Maria from Two Chant Meditations for Organ (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Concordi lætitia from Two Chant Processionals (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Fanfare (Jean Mouret)
  • Fantasia on Salve Regina (Adam Taylor)
  • Festive Processionals for Organ and Brass (Calvert Shenk)
  • Fuga sopra Magnificat (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
  • Hail, Holy Queen from Three Postludes on Hymn Tunes (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Hail, Holy Queen (Robert Hebble) [For the Masses - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Improvisation on Salve Regina (Robert Hebble) [For the Masses - The Sacred Music Press]
  • Mach's mit mir Gott (J.G. Walther, J.C. Kittel)
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Marian Antiphons (Marcel Dupré)
  • Meine Seele erhebt den Herren (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Meine Seele erhebt den Herren (J.G. Walther) [Seasonal Chorale Preludes for Manuals, Bk 2 - Oxford]
  • Offertory from Messe basse (Camil van Hulse)
  • Plein jeu from Magnificat (Jean François Dandrieu)
  • Postlude on Sicilian Mariners (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, June 1986]
  • Postlude on Sicilian Mariners from May Music (John Larkin)
  • Prière a Notre Dame (Léon Boëlmann)
  • Salve Regina (Sr. Teresine Fonder) [Twenty-six Miniatures]
  • Salve Regina (R. Keldermans) [Consoliere V-2]
  • Sortie on a Marian Hymn (Alexandre Guilmant)
  • Toccata on Salve Regina (Hermann Schroeder) [Die Marianischen Antiphonen - Schott]
  • Toccata on Salve Regina (Everett Titcomb) [H.W. Gray - St.Cec.Ser. 790]
  • Variation to the Sicilian Hymn (Benjamin Carr) [A Century of Amercian Organ Music, Bk 1 - McAfee Music Corp]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Assumption (with the accompanying image of the Coronation of the Virgin) is a glorious feast, the logical fulfillment of Mary's immaculate conception. Mary's life in heaven is a foretaste of our life after death, if we but persevere and remain faithful to God's will. Reflect the sunny atmosphere of summer in the music for this solemnity. A brilliant toccata is a perfect close to the liturgy.

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