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Music at Saint Paul Cathedral

In many churches, the music during Ordinary Time is just that...ordinary. The following "Order of Worship" shows that this need not be the case. It comes from Saint Paul Cathedral in Birmingham, Alabama, when Calvert Shenk was Organist and Director of Music. Mr. Shenk is currently serving as Director of Music and Associate Professor at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.

The Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

  • Organ Prelude: Cortège et Litanie (Marcel Dupré, 1886-1971)
  • Introitus: Da pacem, Domine (chant)
    Antiphon- Da pacem, Domine, sustinenibus te, ut prophetæ tui fideles inveniantur: exaudi preces servi tui et plebis tuæ Israel.
    Give peace, O Lord, to them that patiently wait for thee, that thy prophets may be found faithful; hear the prayers of thy servant, and of thy people Israel. Sirach 36:18
    Psalm 122:1- Lætatus sum in his quæ dicta sunt mihi: "In domum Domini ibimus."
    Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.
    I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: "We shall go into the house of the Lord."
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is nw, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
    Antiphon- Da pacem, Domine...
    Give peace, O Lord...

  • Opening Song: O God, Our Help in Ages Past
    text: Isaac Watts (1674-1748) metrical paraphrase of Psalm 90
    tune: SAINT ANNE, C.M.; William Croft (1678-1721) arr. Calvert Shenk

  • The Sign of the Cross
  • The Greeting
  • Penitential Rite: Sacramentary option B
  • Kyrie eleison: from Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk) [CNP Catalog #3120]
  • Gloria in excelsis: from Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk) [CNP Catalog #3120]
  • Collect

  • Old Testament Lesson: Sirach 27:30 - 28:7
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103 (Calvert Shenk)
    Responsory: "The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger and rich in compassion."
    Tone V faux-bourdon setting, verses 1-4, 9-12

  • Epistle: Romans 14:7-9
  • Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia (Calvert Shenk)
    Acclamation- Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
    Verse: I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you. John 13:34

  • The Holy Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
  • Homily
  • Credo
  • General Intercessions

  • Offertory Anthem: O Praise the Lord (Adrian Batten, 1591-1637)
    O praise the Lord, all ye heathens; praise him, all ye nations. For his merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us, and the truth of the Lord endureth forever and ever. Amen. Psalm 117

  • Prayer over the Gifts
  • Preface
  • Sanctus: from Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk) [CNP Catalog #3120]
  • Memorial Acclamation: from A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)
  • Great Amen: from A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)
  • Pater noster: chant formulary
  • The Exchange of Peace
  • Agnus Dei: from Missa Benedicamus Domino (Lorenzo Perosi, 1872-1956)
  • Communio: Tollite hostias (chant)
    Tollite hostias, et introite in atria eius: adorate Dominum in aula sancta eius.
    Bring up sacrifices and come into his courts; adore ye the Lord in his holy court. Psalm 96:8-9

  • Communion Motet: O salutaris Hostia (Lorenzo Perosi, 1872-1956)

    1. O salutaris Hostia, Quæ cæli pandis ostium, Bella premunt hostilia: Da rober fer auxilium.
    2. Uni trinoque Domino Sit sempiterna gloria: Qui vitam sine termino Nobis donet in patria. Amen.
    1. O saving Victim, who openest the gate of heaven, hostile wars press upon us. Give us strength; bring us help.
    2. Eternal praise be to the one and triune Lord. May he give us life without ending in our fatherland. Amen.

  • Post-Communion Prayer

  • The Blessing
  • The Dismissal
  • Recessional Hymn: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
    text: Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) metrical paraphrase of Psalm 103
    tune: LAUDA ANIMA,; John Goss (1800-1880)

  • Organ Postlude: Toccata in G (Théodore Dubois)

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