[quote=SMHW]I can’t help with providing such a resourse but I can offer some general advice.
Perhaps using the OCP book you can come up with some selections of songs with themes from the various books of the Old or New Testaments, or perhaps hymns based on various psalms. If the daily readings are from a particular book then such a song would be appropriate even if it wasn’t the reading for the day. These could be used for the offeratory. You could have a different list of songs that are always appropriate for Communion.
Yes, this is what we have done. We have a little homespun booklet (“for private use only” so it does not infringe on copyright laws). And the songs are divided by themes:
For the Eucharistic songs, depending on the readings, we have 2 types of songs:
- Eucharistic themes: Christ’s Body and Blood, Sacrifice, Union with God, Divine Mercy and forgiveness.
- Gathering, Supper, Service, Unity ,Peace
Most of the time, we are on #1. Among our song selections thus far are:
Abide, O Lord by Sr. Stacey Whitfield
Beyond the Veil by Jim Cowan
Gift of the Finest Wheat by Robert Kreut
Godhead in Me Hiding by St Thomas Aquinas
Holy God, We Praise thy Name by Ignaz Franz
Jesus, my Lord, My God by Frederick Faber
I am the Bread of Life by Sr M. S. Toolan
Lord, Enkindle Me by Ed Conlin
O God of Loveliness by St Alphonsus Liguori
My Soul is Thirsting
O Sacrament Most Holy by Irivn Udulutsch
O Let the Son of God Enfold You by Jim Wimber
Panis Angelicus by St Thomas Aquinas
Soul of My Saviour by L. Dobici
Stay with Us, Lord by Annie Karto
Sweet Sacrament Divine by Francis Stanfield
The Cup of Life Outpoured by Jim Cowan
To Jesus Heart All Burning by Aloys Schlor
Less than a third of these songs can be found in the OCP book.
We have a bigger selection for Offertory Songs.
In the beginning, when my friend and I are not around to do the selections, the group would just choose any songs from the list but now quite a few of them are wanting to relate the songs thematically to the readings of the day. It is often a HolySpirit prodding. We are also careful not to make the songs too long (not all verses somtimes) as many of the people who come are people working in the neighboring offices and do so during their lunch break. But surely, the singing is making such a difference as we are growing at this daily Mass, almost doubled in one year.
(we are 30-40 now )
I think that we are being truly blessed-- we are now examing the possibility of having a one hour exposition (quiet adoration) at 11 a.m. before Holy Mass. There is also a small group of us who pray the Rosary and the Chaplet everyday before Mary’s Shrine after the Mass e. Our biggest blessings are 2 young priests who alternate to offer a most Holy and correct Mass, taking their time and showing such love and reverenace for our Eucharistic Lord.