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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (C)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. (C) Caritas Dei diffusa est [Graduale Romanum, p.248]
    2. (C) Caritas Dei diffusa est [Gregorian Missal, p.405]
    3. Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas [Graduale simplex, p.195]
    4. Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas (Agostino Agazzari, Tomás Luis de Victoria)
    5. Blessed be the Holy Trinity [Simple English Propers, p.156 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. Blessed be God the Father [Simple Choral Gradual, p.123 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. Blessed be the Holy Trinity [Lumen Christi Missal, p.957 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    8. Blessed be God the Father [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.92, Mode 8 / OCP]
    9. Blessed be God the Father [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.734-736]
    10. Blest be God the Father [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.100, with Psalm 8 / Liturgical Press]
    11. Blessed be the Holy Trinity [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #333, with Psalm 8 / Illuminare Publications]
    12. Blessed be the holy Trinity [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.132, with Psalm 8 / Liturgical Press]
    13. Blest be God the Father [Mass Propers for Solemnities and Feasts I (Penkala) p.1, with Psalm 104]
    14. Blessed Be the Triune Godhead [tune: Hyfrydol] from Introit Hymns #32 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. Benedictus es Domine qui intueris [Graduale Romanum, p.372]
    2. Benedictus es Domine Deus (hymn) [Graduale Romanum, p.372]
    3. Benedictus es Domine qui intueris [Gregorian Missal, p.406]
    4. Benedictus es Domine Deus (hymn) [Gregorian Missal, p.407]
    5. Laudate Dominum de cæis / Psalm 148 [Graduale simplex, p.196]
    6. Benedictus es Domine (Johannes Nepomuk Skraup)
    7. Praise God in the highest [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.133, with Psalm 148 / Liturgical Press]
    8. Chabanel Psalmody
    9. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Benedictus es Domine [Graduale Romanum, p.375]
    2. Benedictus es Domine [Gregorian Missal, p.410]
    3. Laudate Dominum in sanctuario eius / Psalm 150 [Graduale simplex, p.197]
    4. Alleluia, Praise God in his sanctuary[By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.133 / Liturgical Press]
    5. Praise God in his sanctuary, alleluia [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.134, with Psalm 150 / Liturgical Press]
  • Offertory:
    1. Benedictus sit Deus Pater [Graduale Romanum, p.375]
    2. Benedictus sit Deus Pater [Gregorian Missal, p.411]
    3. Benedictus es in firmamento cæli [Graduale simplex, p.198]
    4. Blessed be God the Father [Simple English Propers, p.158 (Adam Bartlett)]
    5. Blessed be God the Father [Simple Choral Gradual, p.124 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Blest be God the Father [Lumen Christi Missal, p.957 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. Blessed be God the Father [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.737-739]
    8. Blest be God the Father [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #334, with Daniel 3 / Illuminare Publications]
    9. Blessed are you, O God [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.135, with Daniel 3 / Liturgical Press]
    10. Blest be God the Father [Mass Propers for Solemnities and Feasts I (Penkala) p.4, with Psalm 72]
  • Communion:
    1. (A/C) Bendicimus Deum [Graduale Romanum, p.376]
    2. (A/C) Bendicimus Deum [Gregorian Missal, p.412]
    3. Laudate Dominum de cælis [Graduale simplex, p.199]
    4. (A/C) Benedicimus Deum [Communio, p.22]
    5. (A/C) Let us bless the God of heaven [Simple English Propers, p.160 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. (A/C) Let us bless the God of heaven [Choral Communio, p.88 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    7. You are the sons of God [Simple Choral Gradual, p.125 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    8. We bless the God of heaven [Lumen Christi Missal, p.957 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    9. (A/C) Let us bless the God of heaven [Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons (Andrew Motyka)]
    10. Since you are children of God [Saint Meinrad Antiphons for the Church Year (Columba Kelly OSB) p.92, Mode 8 / OCP]
    11. Since you are children of God [The Proper of the Mass (Fr. Samuel F. Weber OSB) 4 versions, pp.740-742]
    12. Since you are children of God [English Proper Chants (John Ainslie) p.101, with Psalm 103[102] / Liturgical Press]
    13. We bless the God of heaven [Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (Adam Bartlett) #335, with Tobit 13 / Illuminare Publications]
    14. Praise the Lord of Heaven for ever [By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford) p.135, with I Chr 29 / Liturgical Press]
    15. Since you are children of God [Mass Propers for Solemnities and Feasts I (Penkala) p.7, with Psalm 23]
  • 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

  • All Glory Be to God on High (CD #909, HPSC #104, WIII #527, SMH #411)
  • All Hail, Adored Trinity (PMB #110, ICEL #90, AH #462, SMH #414)
  • Come, Holy Spirit, Ever One (HPSC #136)
  • Come, Thou Almighty King (WIII #487, ICEL #91, CH #307, PMB #114, AH #484, SMH #488, EH #271, LCH #128)
  • Eternal Trinity of Love (HH #244)
  • Father, Lord of Earth and Heaven (HPSC #154, CBW #534)
  • Father of Mercy, God of Consolation (HPSC #155, ICEL #333, CH #409, CHB #216, EH #238)
  • Firmly I Believe and Truly (ICEL #92, CBW #533, CH #505, SMH #522, LCH #107)
  • Glory Be to God the Father (CH #588, CBW #528)
  • God Father, Praise and Glory (AH #464, HPSC #163)
  • God of Gods, We Sound His Praises (HPSC #166)
  • God, We Praise You (WIII #535, SMH #540, LCH #125)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy (WIII #485, ICEL #94, HPSC #185, CBW #634, CH #306, AH #460, CHB #96, SMH #562, EH #266, VII #209, LCH #126)
  • I Bind unto Myself Today (HPSC #189, AH #463, CH #305, CHB #97, ICEL #95, EH #268)
  • I Clasp unto My Heart This Day (HPSC #189, ICEL #95, CH #305, AH #463)
  • Lord, You Gave the Great Commission (WIII #470, HPSC #597, CH #639)
  • O Christ, the World's Salvation (Dennis DiPaolo)
  • O Father, Whose Creating Hand (CBW #530)
  • O God, Almighty Father (WIII #484, HH #248, CH #309, CBW #529, VII #365)
  • O God of Loveliness (PMB #136, ICEL #96, AH #608)
  • O How Glorious, Full of Wonder (HPSC #243)
  • On This Day the First of Days (WIII #662, ICEL #241, PMB #235, CBW #590, HH #179, AH #610, CH #596, CD #853, SMH #701, LCH #113)
  • Our Father By Whose Name (WIII #570, CH #621, EH #504)
  • Praise to the Holy Trinity (PMB #111)
  • Sing Praise to Our Creator (PMB #112, AH #500, SMH #750)
  • Sing Ye Praises to the Father (CBW #531)
  • The Father Loves the Son from Hymns for the Liturgical Year (Kathleen Pluth)
  • We Give Immortal Praise (HPSC #345)
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

  • Benedicta sit Sancta creatrix (Jacob Handl)
  • Benedictus es, Domine [Canticle of David] (Gregorian chant) Graduale simplex, p.199
  • Cherubim Song (Alexander Arkhangelsky)
  • Complete Thy Work, O Lord (Calvert Shenk)
  • Concentus gaudii: Cantate Domino (J. William Greene)
  • From All That Dwell (Colin Brumby)
  • Gloria Patri from Music from Taizé (Jacques Berthier) [GIA Publications]
  • Gloria Patri from Magnificat in D (J.S. Bach)
  • Holy Blessed Trinity (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
  • How Glorious Is Thy Name (Eugene Englert) [GIA Publications]
  • Humbly I Adore Thee (J. David Hart)
  • Laudate Dominum from Solemn Vespers (W.A. Mozart)
  • O Lord, Our Governor (Henry Purcell, Benedetto Marcello)
  • O lux beata Trinitas (William Byrd)
  • O Praise God in His Holiness [Psalm 150] (Charles Villiers Stanford)
  • Praise Ye the Lord [Psalm 150] (Louis D. Zumstein)
  • Psalm 150 (César Franck, Adrian Wall)
  • Remember Your Love for Me, O Lord (Eugene Englert)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Gregorian chant) Liber usualis p.1834
  • Te Deum laudamus (Calvert Shenk)
  • The Heavens Are Telling from The Creation (F.J. Haydn)
  • The Spirit of the Lord (Cabena)

Organ Music

  • All Glory Be to God on High (J.S. Bach) [Wedding Music, Part II - Concordia 97-1370]
  • All Glory Be to God on High (J.S. Bach) [Parish Organist, Book 8 - Concordia 97-1404]
  • All Glory Be to God on High (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for Pentecost & Trinity Sunday - Morning Star Music Publ 10-500]
  • All Glory Be to God on High (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 1 - Concordia 97-5019]
  • All Glory Be to God on High (Johann Pachelbel) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Allegro maestoso (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Allegro vivo e maestoso (Dom Paul Benoit) from Esquisses liturgiques [J. Fischer & Bros.]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (Andreas Armsdorf) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.C. Bach) [Organist's Companion, June 1980]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VI - Peters 245] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (Georg Böhm) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.P. Kirnberger) [Organist's Companion, October 1982]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (F.W. Marpurg) [Twenty-one Chorale Preludes - Augsburg] [Organist's Companion, July 1998]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (Johann Pachelbel) [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, August 1982]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (David Polley) [Organist's Companion, May 1989]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.C.H. Rinck) [Organist's Companion, July 1992]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (G.P. Telemann) [Organist's Companion, July 1995]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (A.N. Vetter) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (J.G. Walther) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Church Organist's Golden Treasury I - Oliver Ditson Co] [Organist's Companion, October 1984]
  • Allein Gott in der Höh (F.W. Zachau) [Eighty Chorale Preludes - Peters 4448] [Organist's Companion, June 1984]
  • Festive Processionals for Organ and Brass (Calvert Shenk)
  • Fugue in Eb / Saint Anne (J.S. Bach)
  • Gloria tibi Trinitas (Thomas Tallis) from Treasury of Early Organ Music [Theodore Presser #258]
  • God Who Madest Earth and Heaven(Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year [Carl Fischer #4667]
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Prelude on Rhosymedre (Ralph Vaughan Williams) [Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes - Galaxy Music Corp]
  • Trinity Fugues (Stephen McManus)
  • Verses from Te Deum (anonymous) from Treasury of Early Organ Music [Theodore Presser #258]
  • Wir glauben all' an einen Gott (Samuel Scheidt, J.S. Bach)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

A creative approach to the organ prelude music today would be the use of a "Triptych" made up of three short chorale preludes, one addressed to each Person of the Holy Trinity — for example:

  1. God the Father, Be Our Stay (Paul Manz)
  2. Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense (J.S. Bach)
  3. O Holy Spirit, Enter In (Sigfrid Karg-Elert)

This could be further enhanced by choosing all three from a specific repertoire: German Baroque, French Romantic, American Contemporary.

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