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Solemnity of Mary the Holy Mother of God (ABC)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Introit:
    1. Salve sancta Parens [Graduale Romanum, p.403]
    2. Salve sancta Parens [Gregorian Missal, p.207]
    3. Salve sancta Parens (William Byrd, Adrianus Petit Coclico, Heinrich Isaac)
    4. Lux fulgebit [Graduale Romanum, p.44]
    5. Lux fulgebit [Gregorian Missal, p.193]
    6. Lux fulgebit (Giuseppe Mignemi)
    7. Beata Mater [Graduale simplex, p.336]
    8. Hail, holy Mother [Simple English Propers, p.37 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    9. Radiant light will shine upon us [Simple English Propers, p.38 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    10. Hail, holy Mother! [Simple Choral Gradual, p.29 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    11. Hail, holy Mother [Lumen Christi Missal, p.912 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    12. Hail, Holy Mother (Gary Penkala) from Seven Roman Basilica Processionals
    13. Hail, Holy Mother [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.11, Mode 2 / OCP]
    14. Today a light will shine upon us [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.12, Mode 7 / OCP]
    15. Hail, Holy Mother [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 5 versions, pp.84-86 / Ignatius Press]
    16. Today a light will shine upon us [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.87-89 / Ignatius Press]
    17. Hail, Holy Mother [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.24, with Psalm 45[44] / Liturgical Press]
    18. Hail, Holy Mother [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #165, with Psalm 45 / Illuminare Publications]
    19. O holy mother and virgin [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.252, with Psalm 46 / Liturgical Press]
    20. Hail, Holy Mother of the Universe [tune: Gabriel's Message] from Introit Hymns #10 (Christoph Tietze)
    21. Hail, holy Mother [Mass Propers for Christmastide (Penkala) p.2, with Psalm 2]
    22. Hail, Holy Mother of the World [tune: Winchester Old] from Introit Hymns #10 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Diffusa est gratia [Graduale Romanum, p.408]
    2. Diffusa est gratia [Gregorian Missal, p.209]
    3. Diffusa est gratia (William Byrd, Giovanni Maria Nanino, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Johannes Nepomuk Skraup, Francisco Valls)
    4. Opera mea regi [Graduale simplex, p.324]
    5. For the king I will sing my song [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.243, with Psalm 45 / Liturgical Press]
    6. Chabanel Psalmody
    7. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Post partum [Graduale Romanum, p.414]
    2. Post partum [Gregorian Missal, p.210]
    3. Post partum (William Byrd, Guillaume Dufay)
    4. Multifarie olim Deus [Graduale Romanum, p.52]
    5. Multifarie olim Deus [Gregorian Missal, p.210]
    6. Ecce tu pulcra es [Graduale simplex, p.325]
    7. Alleluia, How beautiful you are [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.244, with Song of Songs 4 / Liturgical Press]
  • Offertory:
    1. Felix namque es [Graduale Romanum, p.422]
    2. Felix namque es [Gregorian Missal, p.211]
    3. Felix namque es (William Byrd, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Johannes Lupi, José Maurício Nunes Garcia)
    4. Ave Maria [Graduale simplex, p.272]
    5. Blessed are you, O holy Virgin Mary [Simple English Propers, p.39 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    6. For the sun of justice, Christ our God [Simple Choral Gradual, p.30 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Happy are you, holy Virgin Mary [Lumen Christi Missal, p.913 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. For you are happy, O Virgin Mary [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.90-92 / Ignatius Press]
    9. Happy are you, holy Virgin Mary [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #166, with Psalm 45 / Illuminare Publications]
    10. Hail Mary, full of grace [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.201, with Psalm 85 / Liturgical Press]
    11. Happy are you indeed, holy Virgin Mary [Mass Propers for Christmastide (Penkala) p.3, with Psalm 96]
    12. I Lift Up My Soul (Eugene Englert) [Augsburg]
  • Communion:
    1. Exsulta filia Sion [Graduale Romanum, p.47]
    2. Exsulta filia Sion [Gregorian Missal, p.197]
    3. Exsulta filia Sion [Communio, p.93 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Beata es [Graduale simplex, p.303]
    5. Sanctum nomen Domini [Graduale simplex, p.337]
    6. Exult, O daughter of Zion [Simple English Propers, p.40 (Adam Bartlett) CMAA]
    7. Jesus Christ is the same [Simple Choral Gradual, p.31 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. Exult, O daughter of Zion [Choral Communio, p14 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    9. Behold, your King will come [Lumen Christi Missal, p.913 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    10. Jesus Christ is the same [Lumen Christi Missal, p.913 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    11. O daughter of Zion, sing praises [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    12. Jesus Christ is the same [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.12, Mode 4 / OCP]
    13. Jesus Christ is the same [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.93-95 / Ignatius Press]
    14. Jesus Christ is the same [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.25, with Magnificat [Luke 1] / Liturgical Press]
    15. Behold, your King will come [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #167, with Psalm 45 / Illuminare Publications]
    16. How blest are you, O Virgin Mary [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.227, with Magnificat [Lk 1] / Liturgical Press]
    17. My soul gives glory to the Lord [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.253, with Magnificat [Lk 1] / Liturgical Press]
    18. Jesus Christ is the same [Mass Propers for Christmastide (Penkala) p.5, with Psalm 98]
    19. Rejoice Greatly from Messiah (GF. Handel)
  • 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)
    10. Stirling Bridge Mass (Gary Penkala)

Other liturgical music

Hymns

  • From East to West, from Shore to Shore (HH #39, VII #335)
  • Hail, Holy Mother of the Universe [tune: Gabriel's Message] from Introit Hymns #10 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Hail, Holy Mother of the World [tune: Winchester Old] from Introit Hymns #10 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Lully Lullay Thou Little Tiny Child (CH #209)
  • Maiden, Yet A Mother (AH #540, CHB #155, VII #367, SMH #632)
  • Son of God and thy Son, Lady (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (AH #534, CBW #608, CH #334, HPSC #321, ICEL #120, WIII #405, CHB #161, SMH #783, VII #368)
  • Thou Art the Star of Morning (HPSC #331)
  • Virgin-born, We Bow before You (WIII #403, CHB #163, HH #49, CD #839, LCH #33)
  • What Child Is This? (AH #330, CBW #461, CH #215, ICEL #31, PMB #28, WIII #411, SMH #825, EH #36, VII #338, LCH #30)
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 – 4th Edition 2011, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

Organ Music

  • A Carol for the New Year (Alfred Fedak)
  • Ave Maria from Two Chant Meditations (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Concordi lætitia from Two Chant Processionals (Kevin Waters SJ)
  • Coventry Carol (George Lachenauer) [Organist's Companion, November 1996]
  • Das alte Jahr vergangen ist (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Divinum mysterium from Four Preludes on Chant Hymns (Mark Siebert)
  • Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Gentle Mary Laid Her Child (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set 2 [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-101]
  • Greensleeves (Richard Purvis) [MCA Music]
  • Helft mir Gott's guete preisen (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Improvisation on Greensleeves (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, December 1984]
  • In dir ist Freude (J.S. Bach) [Orgelbüchlein] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury II - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • In dulci jubilo from Five Chorale Preludes (Colin Brumby)
  • In Thee Is Gladness (G. Winston Cassler) [Organist's Companion, April 1982]
  • In Thee Is Gladness (Paul Manz) [Improvisations on Classic Chorales - Morning Star Music Publ 10-843]
  • In Thee Is Gladness (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 2 - Concordia 97-5385]
  • In Thee Is Gladness (Ralph Schultz) [Parish Organist, Part 9: Wedding Music - Concordia]
  • My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord (Marcel Dupré) from Fifteen Pieces #10
  • Prelude on Coventry (Craig Penfield) [Organist's Companion, December 1983]
  • Stille Nacht from Seven Preludes for the Church Year (Donna Robertson)
  • Variations on Greensleeves (Vivien Harvey Slater) [Organist's Companion, November 1990]
  • What Child Is This? (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for the Christmas Season, Set II - Morning Star Music Publ 10-101]
  • What Child Is This? (Charles Ore) from Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 2 - Concordia 97-5385]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

This is a Marian feast, so music honoring Mary is appropriate. It occurs at the center of Christmastide, so seasonal carols are also appropriate (and welcomed). In general, sing as many carols as possible during the time from the Vigil Mass of Christmas to the Baptism of the Lord. This is the shortest of the liturgical seasons… with unquestionably the greatest number of familiar hymns (carols).

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