I haven’t done a hymn list for a while so here is a definitive ‘cut out and keep’ guide to what to sing and what not to sing for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary A.
Hymns to pick that everyone will know:
Love Divine all love excelling
Christ is Made the sure foundation
O God our help in ages past
The church’s one foundation
When I survey the wondrous cross
Crucum Tuam (Taize)
A Marian hymn – It is October after all
Hymns that are ripe for picking but sadly our parish won’t know:
Shepherd of Souls – A beautiful beautful hymn complete with JS Bach harmonisation
God is my great desire
Hymns we will be leaving in the field unharvested:
We plough the fields and scatter
I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
You are the vine – Chris O’Hara
And if you have eight wonderful singers, then O Vos Omnes by Casals is fabulous and very difficult to sing well. Sopranos 1 have a top B flat.
The text is the Antiphon at the 3rd Nocturn on Holy Saturday.