People's Mass Book - Edition for Ireland (Chapman, 1966)


This book was published by Geoffrey Chapman Ltd of London and Dublin, and approved for use in Ireland by the Liturgical Commission of the Hierarchy for Ireland.

It was edited by Rev Michael Harty of St Patrick's College, Maynooth.

The first printing was in 1966, and there were eight re-prints through to 1968 (from which the listing below is taken).

It is Concordat cum originali from Eugene O'Doherty, Ep. Dromoren, 23 July 1966, and Imprimatur from Ioannes Carolus, Arch Dublinen, Hiberniae Primas, 15 August 1966.   There is a foreward by William Cardinal Conway, Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of all Ireland dated 3 August 1966.

It was printed in Ireland by Carhill and Co Ltd, and is set in 9pt and 11pt Univers typeface.   There are 127 pages, and the page size is slightly smaller than A6.

The book is divined into four sections:
  • Some thoughts before Mass - two pages of reflections
  • The text of the Ordinary of the Mass
  • Texts for "the four chants, the Introit, Gradual-Alleluia, Offertory and Commuion" for the major seasonal Masses through the year, as well as nuptial and requiem Mass.
  • Words of 16 hymns and Psalms for use at Mass - all in the English language.


About the contents listing

The listing below shows the hymns and psalms that are included.  Composer, author and copyright ownership are shown as they are recorded in the book, in accordance with Godsongs.net's copyright policies.    This means that the copyright information is not necessarily correct today.

Detail  pages for some songs are linked from the titles, and more detail-pages will be added as time and copyright permissions allow..  They may include:
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  • the full lyrics, 
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Table of Contents


Title (first-line) Number
Glory to Thee Lord God 14
Glory to thee Lord God, in faith and hope we sing
Lyrics: J Greally SJ © Rev Clifford Howell SJ and Rev J Greally SJ
Number of verses: 3
Recommended uses: Communion
Holy God we Praise Thy Name 15
Lyrics: Ignaz Franc c 1774. Tr C Winkworth, 1820-1900
Number of verses: 3
Recommended uses: Communion
Magnificat 16
My soul glorifies the Lord / The Lord has done marvels for me
Lyrics: The Grail © The Grail, England
Number of verses: 10
O God Thy People Gather 2
O God thy people gather, obedient to thy word,
Lyrics: A J Nye SJ © Rev Clifford Howell SJ and Rev Anthony Nye SJ
Number of verses: 3
Recommended uses: Processional and Introit
O God we Give Ourselves Today 7
O God we give ourselves today with this pure host to thee
Lyrics: A Nye SJ © Rev Clifford Howell SJ and Rev Anthony Nye SJ
Number of verses: 6
Recommended uses: Offertory
O King of Might and Splendour 8
O king of might and splendour, creator most adored
Lyrics: Ratisbon - 19th century. Translated by A. Gregory Murray © Rev Gregory Murray OSB
Number of verses: 2
Recommended uses: Offertory
From Sanuale Cantus Sancti
Praise to the Lord 1
Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of creation
Lyrics: J Neander1650-80. Tr Catherine Winkworth D 1778, et al
Number of verses: 4
Recommended uses: Processional and Introit
Psalm 102 13
My Soul Give Thanks to the Lord / And bless his holy name
Lyrics: The Grail © The Grail, England
Number of verses: 4
Recommended uses: Communion
Psalm 115 9
I trusted even when I said / How can I repay the Lord
Lyrics: The Grail © The Grail, England
Number of verses: 6
Recommended uses: Offertory
Psalm 22 12
The Lord is my Shepherd / My shepherd is the Lord OR His goodness shall follow me
Lyrics: The Grail © The Grail, England
Number of verses: 5
Recommended uses: Communion
Psalm 42 3
Defend me O God and plead my cause against a godless nation / I will go to the altar of God
Lyrics: The Grail © The Grail, England
Number of verses: 5
Recommended uses: Processional and Introit
Psalm 92 4
The Lord is king with majesty enrobed
Lyrics: The Grail © The Grail, England
Number of verses: 3
Recommended uses: Gradual
Psalm 99 5
Cry out with joy to the Lord / Arise, come to God OR Glory to you O God OR Alleluia
Lyrics: The Grail © The Grail, England
Number of verses: 5
Recommended uses: Gradual
See us Lord About Thine Altar 10
See us Lord about thine altar, though so many we are one
Lyrics: J Greally SJ © Rev Clifford Howell SJ and Rev J Greally SJ
Number of verses: 6
Recommended uses: Communion
Soul of my Saviour 11
Soul of my saviour, sanctify my breast
Lyrics: Ascribed to Pope John XXII 1249-1334. Translator anonymous
Number of verses: 3
Recommended uses: Communion
To Christ the Prince of Peace 6
To Christ the prince of peace and Son of God most high
Lyrics: Tr E Casswall (1814-1878)
Number of verses: 4
Recommended uses: Gradual

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