Sanctus / Holy Holy & Communion Settings

Some Holy Holies
  • TiS 761 / GA124 Holy holy holy Lord God of power and might (Colin Smith) This is the Holy Holy we used to sing each week for Communion at Brunswick.
  • A&M418 / GtG552 / G(3)367 / WoV616a Holy Holy Holy Lord (Marcia Pruner) A lovely Holy Holy, sung to the lilting American folk melody "Land of Rest". Sound sample. Lyrics.
  • AoV1-196 / GA097 / GtG565 / GC(II)288 / GC166 / G(II)144 / G(3)198 / Lau490 / WoV619a Holy Holy Holy Lord, God of power (Marty Haugen) (Communion response) On of my favourite Holy Holies; from the Mass of Creation Sheet music and sound sample (search for the song number). We have sung this occasionally. 
  • Music by Heart 40 Holy holy holy Lord / Mercer Sanctus (Marilyn Haskel) A simple tune (JEFFERSON, from Southern Harmony) for standard Sanctus words. 
  • ATOK 380 / SFFS 2256 / TiS 764 Holy holy holy Lord (Iona community) Holies and Hosannas in an excellent two part call and response. The two parts overlap a little bit, so will need to be familiar, or introduced carefully if not familiar to your congregation; this has become a favourite at Brunswick.  Good for kids.
  • GtG593 Holy holy holy holy (David Poole) Energetic, groovy, and with a KEY CHANGE! Will need to be taught, but would be fun. A bit bluesy. Sheet music
  • TiS 763 / ATFG559 Holy holy holy Lord God of power (Bernadette Farrell) A nice quiet variation. 
  • GtG596 You are holy you are whole (Per Harling) An adaptation of a well known song - the last few lines have been changed to say "Sing Hosanna in the highest, sing Hosanna, sing Hosanna to our God"; makes it much more like a Sanctus! Original lyrics in English.Good for kids.  
  • FFS33 Holy Holy Holy (Cecily Sheehy) Simple tune and inclusive words that retain a beautiful formality, solemnity and grace; this also has a matching Eucharistic Acclamation, Great Amen and Agnus Dei. 
  • NCH794 Holy holy holy God of all power and might (Johann Sebastian Bach, adapted by Ronald Nelson) Adaptation of plainsong. Nice. Will need to be taught. 
  • NCH790 Holy holy holy God of love and majesty (Alice Jordan) A little bit tricky, but good; I like the adapted lyrics that extend it to the whole universe speaking of God's glory. 
  • GtG556 Holy holy holy Lord (Leon Roberts) A simple flowing and inclusive Holy holy. Peaceful. Sheet music sample.
  • NCH792 Holy holy holy God ruler almighty (Martie McMane) Sanctus Simple, lilting and folksy. Would be good for kids
  • Holy Holy Holy One (Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan) A more energetic Holy holy. Sound sample and lyrics.
  • Iona Holy Holy Holy Lord (John Bell / Graham Maule) St. Bride; this call and response version of the Sanctus is very energetic. It will need to be taught more than once, but I think it's pretty cool. Sheet music.
  • AoV1-173 Holy Holy Holy Lord (Chung Ham) Simple chant. "Holy holy holy Lord; praise and honour are yours, for you alone are worthy to receive the glory and praise." 
  • NCH789 Holy holy holy God of love and majesty (Ronald Nelson) Quite nice Sanctus. I like how it climbs up!
  • TiS 722 / Taize Holy holy holy Lord / Sanctus Dominus II (Taize) A good opportunity to use a cantor and invite the congregation to chant the ostinato. This would be a simple way of bringing some of the "wonder" to your congregation if you have a capable cantor (it's not that hard really!) 
  • STB129 Lamb of God (Wu) An unusual Agnus Dei set to a Taiwanese tune. Will need to be taught, and sounds best in Taiwanese.
  • GtG559 Holy holy holy Lord (Per Harling) Majestic and joyful.
  • STB128 Holy Holy Holy God (Indonesia) (Sukamto) Holy holy A Sanctus from Indonesia, based on a traditional melody. It works best in Bahasa.
  • WoV617a /  GtG562 / G(3)364 / Lau576 Holy Holy Holy Lord (Franz Schubert) Peaceful and gentle. From Schubert's Deutsche Messe. 
  • GtG592 Holy Holy Holy Lord God of power (Paul Vasile) Energetic and a bit jazzy. Lyrics.
  • GC(II)192 Holy Holy Holy Lord (Beneath the Tree of Life) (Marty Haugen) A good Holy holy. Sheet music and sound sample (search for "beneath the tree")
  • AoV2-081 Holy Holy Holy Lord of power and might (John Bell / Graham Maule) This is also good, but I can't remember what I liked about them.
  • GC(II)182 / G(3)375 Holy holy holy Lord God of power and might (Steven Janco) A nice joyful (or majestic) Sanctus depending on how you do it. From the Mass of the Angels and Saints, which is altogether lovely. Sound sample
  • Walk as one Holy holy holy / The whole earth is filled (Andrew Ferguson) A very groovy new Holy Holy. Worth a look! Book available to purchase here
Full sets of Communion Responses 

Modernised & fully inclusive words
  • FFS33 Holy Holy Holy (Cecily Sheehy) Simple tune and inclusive words that retain a beautiful formality, solemnity and grace, with a matching Eucharistic Acclamation, Great Amen and Agnus Dei.
  • GtG551-555 / G(3)367 Land of Rest Setting (Richard Proulx) A lovely set of responses, including a Kyrie, Sanctus, Eucharistic Acclamation, Great Amen, and Agnus Dei, arranged to the lilting American folk melody "Land of Rest". Very simple! Sound sample. Sheet music sample.
  • Online Resource Casa del Sol Communion Responses (John Phillip Newell / David Poole) A set of responses with significantly altered words, in a folk style. This uses a cantor and a two-part congregation plus guitar and drum. Sound and score samples, and purchase options.
  • MV203-205 Kingsfold Communion Set (William Kervin) A set of communion responses with altered and inclusive language (Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation, Great Amen) to a simple and well known English tune (Kingsfold) which is really similar to another English tune (Star of the County Down). 
More traditional words
  • G(3)194-202 / GtG565-568 Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen) (Communion response) The responses from this mass are beautiful and majestic at moments. It requires strong leadership as each section has a different (albeit related) melody; note that the Sanctus is listed above because it's in many resources and is just excellent! You could easily use just the Sanctus, Acclamation and Amen Full sound sample (youtube). Score.
  • GC233-240 / GtG562-564 Deustche Messe (Franz Schubert, arr. Richard Proulx) Easy to sing. A quiet and restful set of responses. A slow version on youtube.


Heather Nicole said...

I'm looking for a "holy, holy" with a global feel (African is particularly loved in my congregation). Any suggestions?

Robin G. Jordan said...

Contact the Community of Celebration, Alquippa PA. Betty Pulkingham or another member of that community composed a Mass that fits that description a number of years ago if I remember rightly.