CPDL anthems for various days
A few treasures I have found on CPDL that would be very appropriate for various days:
Marian days: Anerio or Grieg “Ave maris”
All Saints: Stanford “And I Saw Another Angel”
Christ the King: “Worthy Is the Lamb” from Messiah
Early Advent: various settings of “O Pray for the Peace” (i.e. Ps. 122), Victoria “Conditor alme siderum”
any Ave Maria - I had in mind Elgar
Christmas Eve: “And the glory of the Lord” from Messiah (communion)
Christmas midnight: Hassler “Lætentur” (offertory)
Ash Wednesday: Lotti “Miserere”
Lent: Farrant “Lord, for thy tender mercies’ sake”, “Hide not Thou Thy face”, or “Call to Remembrance”
Palm Sunday / Good Friday: Anerio “Christus factus est” (gradual, BEFORE GOSPEL and not after first reading where the gradual usually goes)
Easter Vigil: Palestrina “Sicut cervus / Sitivit anima mea” (tract after Ezekiel reading, BUT you should resolve the slight text discrepancy between the chant text and the “Sitivit”)
Easter Sunday: Stanford “Why seek ye the living?”
Easter: Billings “Easter Anthem”
Ascension: Billings “Washington”
This piece could actually be easily adapted to any stanza of long meter.
Pentecost: Aichinger “Confirma hoc”
Body & Blood: Byrd or Mozart “Ave verum” - heck, tons of other settings of this text, too. Tallis “O sacrum” is nice if you have lots of altos.
Alas, the Anerio is apparently not up anymore. There is a MIDI, from which you could make a score, up at this site. Or email us, and I’ll send you a score.
I also have Victoria “Conditor” in English, for those interested. A nice thing to do with this, I am thinking, is to have the congregation sing the non-polyphonic verses.