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Holy Thursday [The Chrism Mass] (ABC)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Born of the Father, Image Pure and Bright (CH #523)
  • 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)
  • Father, Lord of All Creation (HPSC #596)
  • God Merciful and Righteous Is (ICEL #190)
  • Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (WIII #630, CH #606)
  • Lord, You Gave the Great Commission (WIII #470, HPSC #597, CH #639)
  • This Is My Commandment (WIII #603, CH #473)
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

  • Ave Regina cælorum (Hermann Schroeder) from Die Marianischen Antiphonen
  • Kyrie/Christe/Kyrie from Missa dominicalis (Girolami Cavazzoni)
  • Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gutig (J.S. Bach)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Chrism Mass is a chance for the diocese (representatively) to gather with the bishop who blesses the oils to be used during the coming year. Additionally, the priests renew their commitment to him made at their own ordinations. The music, while still maintaining a Lenten mood, needs to speak of ministry and the bond between bishop and priests — the saving grace of God flows from the bishop (as successor of the apostles) through the priests to the faithful.

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