Music for the Order of the Dedication of a Church and an Altar

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"Through his Death and Resurrection, Christ became the true and perfect temple of the New Covenant and gathered a people to be his own. Moreover, this holy people, made one by the unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the Church, that is, the temple of God built of living stones, where the Father is worshiped in Spirit and in truth. Rightly, therefore, from ancient times the name 'church' has also been given to the building in which the Christian community is gathered to hear the Word of God, to pray together, to take part in the Sacraments, and to celebrate the Eucharist."
— The Order of the Dedication of a Church and an Altar (ODCA), ch. II, no. 1

The Order of the Dedication of a Church and an Altar, implemented in the United States as of November 9, 2018, is enriched with many chant settings for the actions connected with the blessing of the church site, dedication of the new church and/or altar, and related rites.

To assist choirs and in the preparation of worship aids, the various chants are made available here. For easier reference and use, the titles of some chant settings on this webpage vary slightly from those found in the ritual book.

The following music and texts may be reproduced free of charge in printed form, for non-commercial purposes, in publications not for sale, by parishes, dioceses, schools, and religious communities, provided that the copyright acknowledgment which appears at the foot of each page is included.

Chapter I – The Laying of a Foundation Stone or the Commencement of Work on the Building of a Church

"When the building of a new church begins, it is desirable to celebrate a rite by which God's blessing may be implored on the work to be undertaken and the faithful may be reminded that the structure to be built of stones will be a visible sign of the living Church, God’s building, which they themselves constitute."
— ODCA, ch. I, no. 1

Approach to the Place Where the Church Is to Be Built

Blessing of the Site of the New Church

Blessing and Laying of the Foundation Stone

Chapter II – The Dedication of a Church

"Because the church is a visible building, this house is a special sign of the pilgrim Church on earth and an image of the Church dwelling in heaven. Moreover, when a church is constructed as a building destined solely and permanently for gathering the People of God and for carrying out sacred functions, it is fitting that it be dedicated to the Lord with a solemn rite, in accordance with the ancient custom of the Church."
— ODCA, ch. II, no. 2

Introductory Rites


Liturgy of the Eucharist

Chapter III – The Dedication of a Church in Which Sacred Celebrations are Already Regularly Taking Place

Introductory Rites


Liturgy of the Eucharist

Chapter IV – The Dedication of an Altar

"When Christ the Lord instituted in the form of a sacrificial banquet a memorial of the Sacrifice he was about to offer the Father on the altar of the Cross, he made holy the table where the faithful would come to celebrate their Passover. Therefore the altar is the table of the Sacrifice and of the banquet at which the Priest, representing Christ the Lord, does what the Lord himself did and what he handed on to his disciples to do in his memory."
— ODCA, ch. IV, no. 3

Introductory Rites


Liturgy of the Eucharist

Chapter V – The Blessing of a Church

Chapter VI – The Blessing of an Altar

Chapter VII – The Blessing of a Chalice and Paten

"Since the chalice and paten are used for the offering and consecration of the bread and wine and for communion, they are reserved exclusively and permanently for the celebration of the Eucharist, and so become 'sacred vessels.' The intention of reserving these vessels exclusively for the celebration of the Eucharist is made manifest before the community of the faithful by a special blessing which is appropriate to impart during Mass."
— ODCA, ch. VII, nos. 1-2

The English translation and chants of The Order of the Dedication of a Church and an Altar © 2014, 2018 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010 ICEL. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

The Revised Grail Psalms, copyright © 2010, Conception Abbey/The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc., All rights reserved.

English Psalm Tones © 2018 Adam Bartlett. Used with permission. All rights reserved.