Music Planner

Here are few ideas for music for forthcoming Sundays and Solemnities. However, we recommend The Liturgy Planner which is published by Decani Music. We also recommend Music & Liturgy, the journal of The Society of St Gregory, which includes an excellent music planner and is free to members – worth taking out an annual subscription.

02 February – Presentation of the Lord (Thursday)
Bread of life – Farrell
Christ be our light – Farrell
Hail to the Lord’s anointed
Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Praise to the Lord, the almighty
Sing of Mary pure and lowly
Tell out my soul
Within the reign of God

Resurrexit
Music for Lent, the Triduum and Eastertide

Planning Ahead: It’s time to think of music for Lent and Easter. And it’s worth investing in a copy of Resurrexit, published by Decani Music. Click here for details. This is an updated edition with music for the 2010 texts, particularly the Exsultet with settings from the Missal and by Peter Jones and Martin Foster. There are also settings for the procession of the Cross, the Reproaches and the Litany of Saints.

Print or download editions. £16.95 or £12.95.
Available from Decani Music

05 February – 5 Year A
All that is hidden – Farrell
Be thou my vision
Bring forth the kingdom – Haugen
Bread for the world – Farrell
Christ be our light – Farrell
Out of darkness – Walker
Seek ye first
The cry of the poor
We are your people – Walsh
When I needed a neighbour

12 February – 6 Year A
Blest are the pure in heart
Eye has not seen
O God thy people gather
On bread alone – Baty (Communion Song)
I received the living God
Seek ye first the kingdom of God
Teach me, O God – Walker (Psalm)

19 February – 7 Year A
A new commandment I give unto you
Bless the Lord, my soul
Brother, sister, let me serve you
For the healing of the nations
If there is this love – Barry
Let there be love shared among us
Praise my soul the king of heaven
This is my will, my one command
Ubi Caritas et amor – Taizé
Ubi Caritas et vera – Hurd

We Come to Your Table contains 21 songs for the Communion Procession. Each piece has a refrain for the assembly and verses for the cantor.

All can be accompanied by keyboard or guitar, but optional instrument and choir parts are provided for the more adventurous community.

A4 paperback. 64 pages. £12.
ISBN: 9798840779330

22 February – Ash Wednesday
A broken heart – Mayernik
Come back to me – Norbert
From ashes to ashes – Brown (Imposition of ashes)
Give me a new heart – Walker
Grant to us, O Lord – Deiss
Lord Jesus think on me
My God, accept my heart
Remember your mercy, Lord – Inwood
Return to God – Haugen
Turn to me – Foley

26 February – 1 Lent A
A broken heart – Mayernik
Be not afraid
Come back to me
Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Grant to us, O Lord
I will walk in the presence of God – Haugen
Lord Jesus, think on me
On bread alone – Baty (Communion Song)
On eagle’s wings
Remember your mercy, Lord – Inwood
Return to God – Haugen

05 March – 2 Lent A
Adoramus te, Domine – Taizé
At the name of Jesus
Be still for the presence of the Lord
Be thou my vision
Eye has not seen
Father we come to you – Walsh
Godhead here in hiding
God, your glory we have seen
Immortal Invisible God only wise
Shine, Jesus, shine
We behold the splendour of God

12 March – 3 Lent A
Come to the Feast – Haugen
Give me a new heart, O Lord – Walker
Grant to us, O Lord
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful – Taizé
O God, you search me – Farrell
O Lord (Yahweh) I know you are near
Praise my soul the King of heaven (NOT the version with Alleluias)
To God be the glory
We shall draw water joyfully – Inwood
You know me, Lord – Walsh

Until you come again contains a selection of service music in a variety of styles. The collection includes three settings of the Gloria, seven Gospel Greetings and six sets of Eucharistic Acclamations.

All can be accompanied by organ/piano or guitar and often both but optional instrument and choir parts and provided for the more adventurous community.

A4 paperback. 102 pages. £10.

19 March – 4 Lent A
Amazing Grace
Awake, O Sleeper – Haugen
God forgave my sin in Jesus name
How can I repay the Lord – Baty (Communion Song)
How can I repay the Lord – Dean
Love divine, all loves excelling
Now in this banquet – Haugen
Out of darkness – Walker
Praise my soul the King of heaven (NOT the version with Alleluias)
Praise we our God with joy
Shepherd me, O God – Haugen
We shall draw water joyfully – Inwood

26 March – 5 Lent A
Breathe on me, breath of God
Grant to us, O Lord
I heard the voice of Jesus say
Neither death, not life – Haugen
Sing to the mountains
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
Unless a grain of wheat – Bernadette Farrell

02 April – Palm Sunday
Today’s Mass has a different opening rite – in fact, there are three differing forms to choose from. But you could simply gather outside the church, or in a adjoining space, while the priest or deacon blesses the palms and proclaims the story of Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem. Then all process into the church, waving palms aloft.
Songs for the procession include:
All glory, praise and honour
Hosanna Filio David – Bill Tamblyn
Hosanna to the King – Baty
Hosanna to the Son of David – Schutte
Sing Hosanna – Walker
Songs for other parts of the liturgy:
From heaven you came
Jesus, remember me – Taizé
My song is love unknown
O sacred head ill-used/sore wounded
Ours were the griefs he bore
The royal banners forward go

We Come to Your Table contains 21 songs for the Communion Procession. Each piece has a refrain for the assembly and verses for the cantor.

All can be accompanied by keyboard or guitar, but optional instrument and choir parts are provided for the more adventurous community.

A4 paperback. 64 pages. £12.
ISBN: 9798840779330

06 April – Maundy Thursday
This evening’s Mass differs from the norm in two places: The Washing of Feet and The Transfer of the Eucharist.
Songs for The Washing of Feet (Mandatum)
Some of these may be useful in other parts of the liturgy.

As I have done for you – Schutte
If there is this love – Barry
Jesu, Jesu, fill us with you love
My new commandment – Feeley (or as a Communion Song)
This is my will, my one command
Songs for the Offertory Procession
Ubi Caritas et amor – Taizé
Ubi Caritas et vera – Hurd
Where is love and loving kindness God is fain to dwell
Where is love and loving kindness – Rees
Songs for the Communion Procession
Blessing Cup – Baty
Come Christ’s beloved – Walsh
Eat this bread – Taizé
How can I repay the Lord – Dean
Taste and See – Baty
Taste and See – Dean
This is my body, broken for you
Transfer of the Eucharist
Hail our Saviour’s glorious body
Of the glorious body telling
Pange Lingua gloriosi
Watching
Stay with me – Taizé (repeated to create a real silence as the Watching begins)
Other Songs:
An upper room
Into one we all are gathered
Praise to the holiest in the height

Good Friday
Today begins in silence which really makes the first musical item (the psalm) stand out.
Psalm 30
Father, into your hands – Feeley
Father, into your hands – Plainsong (A Responsorial Psalm Book ed Geoffrey Boulton Smith – if you still have a copy)
Procession of the Cross
We are supposed to use the text as given in the Missal: Behold the Wood of the Cross…
Behold the Wood of the Cross – Alstott (Has verses between the chant)
Behold the Wood of the Cross – Baty
Other settings include:
Behold the Wood of the Cross – St Louis Jesuits
Processional Song of the Cross – Inwood
Veneration of the Cross
Adoramus Te – Haugen
Answer me – Quigley
Crucem Tuam – Taizé
Jesus, Remember Me – Taizé
O my people what have done to you – Lundy
Sing, my tongue the song of triumph (Crux Fidelis)
The Reproaches ­– Baty
The Reproaches – Jones
When I survey the wondrous Cross
Communion and/or Post Communion
My song is love unknown
O sacred head ill-uséd
Praise to the Holiest in the height

08 April – Easter Vigil
Today’s liturgy begins with the lighting of the Pascal Candle outside the church
Procession of the Candle
Lumen Christi/The Light of Christ Light – Missal Tone (stark simplicity)
The Exsultet
The Exsultet – Plainsong
See also the settings in Resurrexit (Decani Music)
The Psalms
With up to seven psalms and canticles, there is no end to the suggestions available. We have provided one or two suggestions for each psalm here. There may already be settings in your parish repertoire. See also Resurrexit.
Psalm 103: Send forth your Spirit – Baty
Psalm 15: Keep me safe, O God – Inwood
Psalm 15: Preserve me, God – Baty
Exodus 15: I will sing to the Lord – Baty
Exodus 15: I will sing to the Lord – Foster
Psalm 29: I will praise you, Lord – Inwood
Isaiah 12: With you shall draw water – Haugen
Isaiah 12: We shall draw water joyfully – Inwood
Psalm 18: You, Lord, have the message of eternal life
Psalm 41: Like as the deer – Tamié/Watson
Alleluia/Psalm 117: Plainsong
The Eucharist
From here, Mass continues as usual. For the Offertory and Communion processions, see the Easter section of your hymnbook. And today, of all days, is a good time to end the liturgy in song!
One or two particular items worth considering:
Christ be our light – Farrell (Use the Easter version from Resurrexit)
This is the day – Barry

Forthcoming dates
09 Easter Sunday
18 May: Ascension Thursday
28 May: Pentecost
04 June: Trinity
11 June: Corpus Christi

18 June: 11 Year A
06 August: Transfiguration of the Lord
03 December: 1 Advent B
25 December (Monday): Nativity of the Lord


2024
14 February: Ash Wednesday
18 February: 1 Lent B

24 March: Palm Sunday
28 March: Maundy Thursday
29 March: Good Friday
30 March: Holy Saturday
31 March: Easter Sunday