Saturday, November 17, 2018

MICROPHONES: Do We REALLY Need Them to Sing?

I'm sure many have gone into another church from time to time, whether out of town on vacation, or visiting family, friends, etc., and find that the person "leading the singing" is standing up front, blaring into a microphone, waving arms when it's "your turn to sing" (even when there is an able choir present).  I've seen it live.  I've seen it on TV.  I've seen it on YouTube.  And every time I see and hear these things, I utter one word: WHY?

At 11 years old, I sang tenor in a choir of boys and men at (the now closed and demolished) Holy Trinity Church in Central Falls.  We had a wonderful organist/choirmaster, Mr. Reuel Gifford.  The church, though not huge, was larger than Sacred Heart, but still a bit smaller than, let's say, SS. John and James in beautiful downtown Arctic.  The acoustics were no better nor worse than those of Sacred Heart.  We were accompanied by a 26-rank pipe organ (this organ most likely had around 1,400-1,500 pipes).  There was not one microphone in the choir loft, yet we were well-heard, even over a generously registered organ.  There was no one up front to lead the hymns into a microphone (the lector/commentator announced the hymns from the lectern, but that was all).  Many of the Responsorial Psalms were sung a capella (no instrumental accompaniment whatsoever).

I had the pleasure of singing in the chorus at Cumberland High School under the venerable Mrs. Nectar Lennox.  Again, not one microphone was in use.  Why is that?  Mrs. Lennox taught us that to get the sound to carry, we need to project our voices to the audience.  This was effective not only to our 100+ voice full chorus, but to the 20+ voice Clef Singers, which I also was a part of.

I was also lucky enough to work as organist/music director at Precious Blood Church in Woonsocket, a church a bit larger than SS. John and James, with a pipe organ about the size of that of SS. John and James (only difference: the pipe organ at Precious Blood still works and is well-maintained).  In the eight years I was there (1989-1997), there were, once again, no microphones in the choir loft.  Didn't need one, even with that strong organ.  Didn't want one.

The ability to project creates a natural amplification when needed.  I refuse to sing into the microphone I have at the organ console.  I use that contraption to announce the hymns only.  When singing, I shut it off and push it aside.  Otherwise, you'd all be fleeing town in fright.  When the singing is really good from the congregation, and I DO hear it, especially at the 5:00 and 11:15 Masses, I tend to shut up for a line or two just to listen and just let the organ lead.  The singers (who will still sing with us on major feasts, like the forthcoming Solemnity of Christ the King), though mic'd, are far enough away from the mic not to "blare".  (Yes, I'm still trying to form a parish choir!)

The other problem with having someone in front "leading song" is that these "song leaders" or "cantors" in conventional churches have quality voices but still use the mic.  Couple that with the hand gestures they use to cue you in, it is merely drawing attention to themselves.  And again, they're still up front, bellowing and waving (I hope they use deodorant), even when there is an able choir present.

I met an organist - a really good organist - in fact, he was a predecessor from Precious Blood three organists before me, George Beaudet.  When he would work alone at the console, he would sing the first couple of words of a hymn, then stop singing, and let the organ lead, especially in his later years.  It worked for many, many years.

Finally, in another Woonsocket church (Our Lady of Victories, which folded around the year 2000-ish), the liturgy committee chair (brother of the pastor of Precious Blood who hired me there) once told me that if your singing is strong enough, people tend to "start listening and stop singing" (this, of course, pertaining to when the congregation should be singing).

Does the music leadership (organist, singers, etc.) really need to blare into a mic up front and flap their arms like a cuckoo bird?  The short answer is NO.  The long answer is, NO, especially if there is an able choir present.  I will consider in very large churches or cathedrals, but 1) only for Psalm verses, not while the congregation and/or choir is singing, and 2) not up front where attention is attracted visually.

Unmic'd, I remain,
BMP

PS: Quod scripsi, scripsi!  (What I have written, I have written!)

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Next Couple of Weeks

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Common to all dates below:
Ordinary of the Mass: Messa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana)
Alleluia: from Gelobt sei Gott (Melchior Vulpius)

The rest:

Sunday XXXIII of the Year
Saturday, XI-17, at 5 PM; Sunday, XI-18, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: When morning gilds the skies (Maroon hymnal, #367)
Psalm 16: R./ You are my inheritance, O Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Lo! he comes with clouds descending (Maroon hymnal, #5, second tune)
Psalm 61 (Communion): R./ Whatever you ask in your prayers, believe that you shall receive it, and it shall be granted unto you (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Thine for ever! God of love (Maroon hymnal, #427) (Listen)
Recessional hymn: Soon may the last glad song arise (Maroon hymnal, #539, second tune)

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, XI-22, at 9 AM

Entrance hymn: We gather together (Maroon hymnal, #315)
Psalm 113: R./ Blessed be the Name of the Lord for ever (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Come, ye thankful people, come (Maroon hymnal, #137)
Psalm 96 (Communion): R./ Bring your offering and enter his courts; adore the Lord in his holy temple (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: Now thank we all our God (Maroon hymnal, #276)

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Saturday, XI-24, at 5 PM; Sunday, XI-25, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Singers and brass trio at all Masses except 7:30.

Entrance hymn: Rejoice! the Lord is King (Worship hymnal, #493)
Psalm 93: R./ The Lord is King; he is robed in majesty (Sam Schmitt) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Christ is the King (Worship hymnal, #500)
Music during Communion:
- (except 7:30): Laudate Dominum (Giuseppe Pitoni)
- (7:30): Psalm 29: R./ The Lord will bless his people with peace (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: We praise thee, King of kings (on sheets provided) (Listen)
Recessional hymn: To Jesus Christ, our sov'reign King (Worship hymnal, #497)

A SIDE NOTE:

Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent (December 2), I will try to offer regular musings on music and liturgy, pertaining mostly to the Ordinary Form of the Mass (which we celebrate), and on occasion incorporating tidbits pertaining to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (according to the Roman Missal of 1962).

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sunday XXXII

Looking for a few good singers to form a choir for the 11:15 Mass on Sundays. So far, got one. Need more! Feel free to come upstairs and see me (Brian Page, organist) after any weekend Mass!

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass: Messa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana)
Alleluia: from Gelobt sei Gott (Melchior Vulpius)
- (aka the tune used for the hymn Christ is the King)

The rest:
Entrance hymn: God of our fathers (Maroon hymnal, #143)
Psalm 146: R./ Praise the Lord, my soul (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Almighty Father, strong to save (Maroon hymnal, #513) (Listen)
- (This is familiarly known as The Navy Hymn.)
Psalm 23 (Communion): R./ The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: I vow to thee, my country (on sheets provided) (Listen)
- (The hymn itself is popular in the UK, but has good relevance here in the USA in the first verse.  The second verse, which sings of "another country", refers to heaven.  The music is part of the movement "Jupiter" in Gustav Holst's The Planets.)
Recessional hymn: My country, 'tis of thee (Maroon hymnal, #141)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The FOUR-Day Weekend

Two announcements:
1) Looking for a few good singers to form a choir for the 11:15 Mass on Sundays.  So far, got one.  Need more!  Feel free to come upstairs and see me (Brian Page, organist) after any weekend Mass!
2) Don't forget the BAZAAR: Friday from noon to 7 PM, Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM!

All Saints, All Souls, and Sunday XXXI, all in one little bundle!

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
- (except All Souls): Messa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana)
- (All Souls only): Mass XVIII pro defunctis

Alleluia:
- (except All Souls): from Gelobt sei Gott (Melchior Vulpius)
- - These are the alleluias sung at the end of each stanza of the hymn "Christ is the King"
- (All Souls only): Theodore Marier

The rest:

All Saints (Holy Day of Obligation)
Thursday XI-1 at 9 AM and 7 PM

Entrance hymn: For all the saints (Worship hymnal, #705)
Psalm 24: R./ Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face (Carroll/Gelineau)
Offertory hymn: By all your saints still striving (Worship hymnal, #706)
Communion responsory: R./ Remember, Lord, thy servants, when thou dost take thy throne (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: Ye watchers and ye holy ones (Worship hymnal, #707)

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
Friday XI-2 at 9 AM and 6:30 PM

Entrance antiphon: Requiem aeternam (Mode VI)
Psalm 23: R./ The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Jesus, Son of Mary (Maroon hymnal, #223)
Communion responsory: R./ May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord... (BMP, adapted from Lux Aeterna) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: In Paradisum (Worship hymnal, #178, in Latin)

Sunday XXXI of the Year
Saturday XI-3 at 5 PM; Sunday XI-4 at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: Immortal, invisible, God only wise (Worship hymnal, #512)
Psalm 18: I love you, Lord, my strength (Schmitt) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Sing praise to God who reigns above (Worship hymnal, #528)
Communion responsory: R./ Lord, you will show us the path of life (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: To Christ, the Prince of Peace (Worship hymnal, #491)
Recessional hymn: From all that dwell below the skies (Worship hymnal, #521)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

"Singers Wanted" and Sunday XXX

Looking for a few good singers to form a choir for the 11:15 Mass on Sundays.  So far, got one.  Need more!  Feel free to come upstairs and see me (Brian Page, organist) after any weekend Mass!

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
Gloria from Holy Angels Mass (BMP) or recited
A Community Mass (Richard Proulx) (Sanctus through Agnus Dei)

Alleluia: Dom Anthony Gregory Murray, OSB

The rest:
Entrance hymn: Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Maroon hymnal, #545)
- We will use the tune "Ellacombe", which is the tune we sing with "The Day of Resurrection" and "Go, make of all disciples".
Psalm 126: R./ The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy (Alfred Calabrese) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Your hands, O Lord, in days of old (Worship hymnal, #750)
Psalm 20 (Communion): R./ We shall rejoice in your salvation (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew (Worship hymnal, #593)
Recessional hymn: Rejoice! the Lord is King (Worship hymnal, #493)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

"Glorify the Lord with Me", and Sunday XXIX

GLORIFY THE LORD WITH ME (Psalm 34: 4)

I must say that I have been hearing some really good singing at Mass, especially as of late. It's high time we have some of those really good voices upstairs in the choir. YES, we are looking to re-form a parish choir! For the starting weeks, we will be rehearsing at roughly 10 AM on Sundays (shortly after the end of the 9 AM Mass) so we can sing the 11:15 AM Mass. As we grow (and hopefully we will), I may consider adding a weeknight. Let us sing to the Lord, for glorious is his triumph! (Exodus 15: 1) 
Please see me, Brian Page, after Mass.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
Gloria from Holy Angels Mass (BMP) or recited
A Community Mass (Richard Proulx) (Sanctus through Agnus Dei)

Alleluia: Dom Anthony Gregory Murray, OSB

The rest:
Entrance hymn: We sing the praise of him who died (Maroon hymnal, #340)
Psalm 33: R./ Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you (response: Richard Proulx; versicles: Pére Joseph Gelineau, SJ)
- You may find this in the Worship hymnal at #950.
Offertory hymn: At the Name of Jesus (Maroon hymnal, #356, first tune)
Psalm 8 (Communion): R./ How great is your Name, O Lord our God, through all the earth (Pére Joseph Gelineau, SJ)
- You may find this in the Worship hymnal at #27.
Meditation hymn: Hark! my soul, it is the Lord (Maroon hymnal, #459)
Recessional hymn: God, the omnipotent (Maroon hymnal, #523) (Listen)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, October 11, 2018

"Glorify the Lord with Me" and Sunday XXVIII

GLORIFY THE LORD WITH ME (Psalm 34: 4)

I must say that I have been hearing some really good singing at Mass, especially as of late. It's high time we have some of those really good voices upstairs in the choir. YES, we are looking to re-form a parish choir! For the starting weeks, we will be rehearsing at roughly 10 AM on Sundays (shortly after the end of the 9 AM Mass) so we can sing the 11:15 AM Mass. As we grow (and hopefully we will), I may consider adding a weeknight. Let us sing to the Lord, for glorious is his triumph! (Exodus 15: 1) 
Please see me, Brian Page, after Mass.


MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
Gloria from Holy Angels Mass (BMP) or recited
A Community Mass (Richard Proulx) (Sanctus through Agnus Dei)

Alleluia: Dom Anthony Gregory Murray, OSB

The rest:
Entrance hymn: Fight the good fight (Maroon hymnal, #560)
- Alternate tune, different from the two given in the hymnal
Psalm 90: R./ Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Jesus, Name all names above (Maroon hymnal, #342)
Psalm 119 (Communion): R./ Your law is my meditation (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Blest are the pure in heart (Maroon hymnal, #418)
Recessional hymn: Rejoice, ye pure in heart (Maroon hymnal, #579, second tune) (Listen)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, October 4, 2018

"Glorify the Lord with Me" and Sunday XXVII

GLORIFY THE LORD WITH ME (Psalm 34: 4)

I must say that I have been hearing some really good singing at Mass, especially as of late. It's high time we have some of those really good voices upstairs in the choir. YES, we are looking to re-form a parish choir! For the starting weeks, we will be rehearsing at roughly 10 AM on Sundays (shortly after the end of the 9 AM Mass) so we can sing the 11:15 AM Mass. As we grow (and hopefully we will), I may consider adding a weeknight. Let us sing to the Lord, for glorious is his triumph! (Exodus 15: 1) 
Please see me, Brian Page, after Mass.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
Gloria from Holy Angels Mass (BMP) or recited
A Community Mass (Richard Proulx) (Sanctus through Agnus Dei)

Alleluia: Dom Anthony Gregory Murray, OSB

The rest:

First Friday (Sacred Heart Community Mass)
Friday, X-5, at 6 PM

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine (on sheets provided)
Psalm 139: R./ Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way (Tone 8G)
Offertory hymn: Cor dulce, Cor amabile
Psalm 119 (Communion): R./ Remember your word to your servant, O Lord (Adam Bartlett)
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning ("Cor Amoris") (on sheets provided)

Sunday XXVII of the Year
Saturday, X-6, at 5 PM; Sunday, X-7, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Worship hymnal, #547)
Psalm 128: R./ May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives (Richard Rice)
Offertory hymn: Praise the Lord, ye heav'ns, adore him (Worship hymnal, #529)
Psalm 119 (Communion): R./ My soul has longed for your salvation, I hope in his word (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Our Father, by whose Name (Worship hymnal, #570)
Recessional hymn: Sing praise to the Lord (Worship hymnal, #539)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

"Glorify the Lord with Me", and Sunday XXVI

GLORIFY THE LORD WITH ME (Psalm 34: 4)

I must say that I have been hearing some really good singing at Mass, especially as of late. It's high time we have some of those really good voices upstairs in the choir. YES, we are looking to re-form a parish choir! For the starting weeks, we will be rehearsing at roughly 10 AM on Sundays (shortly after the end of the 9 AM Mass) so we can sing the 11:15 AM Mass. As we grow (and hopefully we will), I may consider adding a weeknight. Let us sing to the Lord, for glorious is his triumph! (Exodus 15: 1) 
Please see me, Brian Page, after Mass.

The above announcement will appear in this weekend's bulletin!

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
Gloria from Holy Angels Mass (BMP) or recited
A Community Mass (Richard Proulx) (Sanctus through Agnus Dei)

Alleluia: Dom Anthony Gregory Murray, OSB

The rest:
God of our fathers (Worship hymnal, #764)
Psalm 19 (Responsorial Psalm): R./ The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart (BMP) (PDF)
Love divine, all loves excelling (Worship hymnal, #588)
Psalm 119 (Communion): R./ Remember your word to your servant, O Lord (Adam Bartlett)
How good the Name of Jesus sounds (Worship hymnal, #610)
Jesus shall reign (Worship hymnal, #492)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sunday XXV

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
Gloria from Holy Angels Mass (BMP) or recited
A Community Mass (Richard Proulx) (Sanctus through Agnus Dei)

Alleluia: Dom Anthony Gregory Murray, OSB

The rest:
Christ is made the sure foundation (Worship hymnal, #617)
Psalm 54: The Lord upholds my life (Royce Nickel) (PDF)
Take up your cross (Worship hymnal, #634)
May my ways be firm in keeping your statutes (Adam Bartlett)
When I survey the wondrous cross (Worship hymnal, #433)
Lift high the cross (Worship hymnal, #704)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sunday XXIV and the Italian Heritage Feast

This Saturday's 5:00 Mass is our annual Italian Heritage Mass in which we honor two patrons of Fornelli, Italy (birthplace of much of the parish ancestry): San Pietro Martire e San Domenico Abate.  We will be joined by our brass trio.
MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
Saturday: Messa Populare Laus Tibi Christe (Federico Caudana)
- Memorial Acclamation in Italian
Sunday: Community Mass (Richard Proulx)
- Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP)

Alleluia: Murray

The rest:
Entrance hymn: For all the saints (Worship hymnal, #705)
Psalm 116: I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living (Sam Schmitt) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: By all your saints still striving (Worship hymnal, #706)
Communion music:
- Saturday: Lodate Maria (Italian)
- Sunday: Take up your cross and follow me (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All (Worship hymnal, #488)
Recessional hymn: Holy God, we praise thy Name (Worship hymnal, #524)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Three-Day Weekend

First Friday (Sacred Heart Community Mass) and Sunday XXIII of the Year

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Common for the entire three-day weekend:

Ordinary of the Mass:
- Gloria: Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF) or recited
- Sanctus through Agnus Dei: Community Mass (Proulx)

Alleluia: Murray

Sacred Heart Community Mass
Friday IX-7 at 6 PM

Hail, holy Queen enthroned above (Worship hymnal, #702)
Psalm 13: R./ With delight I rejoice in the Lord (Tone 8G) (missalette, page 169(=)
Sing of Mary, pure and lowly (Worship hymnal, #404)
All generations shall call me blessed (BMP) (PDF)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (Worship hymnal, #534)

Sunday XXIII of the Year
Saturday IX-8 at 5 PM; Sunday IX-9 at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Your hands, O Lord, in days of old (Worship hymnal, #750)
Psalm 146: R./ Praise the Lord, my soul (BMP) (PDF)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (Worship hymnal, #530)
Make your vows unto the Lord, and accomplish them (BMP) (PDF)
I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew (Worship hymnal, #593)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (Worship hymnal, #534)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sunday XXII

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Mass Ordinary:
- Gloria: Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF) or recited
- Sanctus through Agnus Dei: Community Mass (Richard Proulx)

Alleluia: Dom Anthony Gregory Murray, OSB
- Side note: Dom Murray, a Benedictine, wrote a number of antiphons for many of the Gelineau Psalms in their original conception (late 1950's/early 1960's).

The rest:
Entrance hymn: To the Name of our salvation (Maroon hymnal, #326)
Psalm 15: R./ He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: At the Name of Jesus (Maroon hymnal, #356, first tune)
Communion responsory: R./ O Lord, I will be mindful of your justice alone (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Soul of my Savior (Back section of missalette, #22)
Recessional hymn: When morning gilds the skies (Maroon hymnal, #367)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sunday XXI

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary:
- Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (Gloria if sung, Memorial A) (PDF's)
- Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott) (Sanctus, Agnus)

Alleluia: Owen Alstott

The rest:
Entrance hymn: God himself is with us (Maroon hymnal, #477, vv. 1, 3, 4)
Psalm 34: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: O Jesus, I have promised (Maroon hymnal, #570, second tune)
Communion responsory: The earth will be satisfied... (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Shepherd of souls (Maroon hymnal, #213)
Recessional hymn: Fight the good fight (Maroon hymnal, #560)
- using the alternate tune that we have sung before!

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sunday XX

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary:
- Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (Gloria if sung, Memorial A) (PDF's)
- Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott) (Sanctus, Agnus)

Alleluia: Owen Alstott

The rest:
Entrance hymn: Hail, holy Queen enthroned above (Worship hymnal, #702)
Psalm 34: R./ Taste and see the goodness of the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Worship hymnal, #523)
Communion responsory: He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood... (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: O Salutaris Hostia (Worship hymnal, #757)
Recessional hymn: Tell out, my soul (Worship hymnal, #534)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sunday XIX and Assumption

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary:
- Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (Gloria if sung, Memorial A) (PDF's)
- Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott) (Sanctus, Agnus)

Alleluia: Alstott

The rest:

Sunday XIX of Ordered Time
Saturday VIII-11 at 5 PM; Sunday VIII-12 at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: God the Omnipotent (Maroon hymnal, #523) (Listen)
Psalm 34: R./ Taste and see the goodness of the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: My God, thy table now is spread (Maroon hymnal, #203)
- The tune is the same as that of "When I survey the wondrous Cross", which we often sing during Lent.
Communion responsory: The bread that I will give... (BMP) (PDF)
Post-Communion hymn: O God, unseen, yet ever near (Maroon hymnal, #198, first tune)
- The tune is the same as that of "Lord, who throughout these forty days", probably the most familiar of Lenten hymns
Recessional hymn: Glorious things of thee are spoken (Maroon hymnal, #385) (Listen)

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday VIII-15 at 9 AM and 7 PM

Entrance hymn: Hail, holy Queen enthroned above (Worship hymnal, #702)
Psalm 45: R./ The Queen stands at your right hand... (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: O Sanctissima (Worship hymnal, #712)
Communion responsory: All generations shall call me blessed (BMP) (PDF)
Post-Communion hymn: Salve, Regina (Worship hymnal, #703)
Recessional hymn: Immaculate Mary (Worship hymnal, #708)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Three-Day Weekend

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (Gloria if sung, Memorial A) (PDF's)
Note: Gloria omitted on Friday
Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott) (Sanctus, Agnus)

Sacred Heart Community Mass (First Friday)
Friday, VIII-3, at 6 PM

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine (on sheets provided)
Psalm 69: R./ Lord, in your great love, answer me (BMP, but with versicles in missalette) (PDF)
Alleluia: Owen Alstott
Offertory hymn: Panis Angelicus (Louis Lambillotte, SJ)
Communion responsory: Bless the Lord, O my soul... (Adam Bartlett)
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning (on sheets provided)

Sunday XVIII of the Year
Saturday, VIII-4, at 5 PM; Sunday, VIII-5, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: Alleluia! sing to Jesus (Worship hymnal, #737 / vv. 1, 3, 4)
Psalm 78: R./ The Lord gave them bread from heaven (Rice) (PDF)
Alleluia: Alstott
Offertory hymn: Father, we thank thee who hast planted (Worship hymnal, #558)
Communion responsory: You gave us bread from heaven, O Lord (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Tantum ergo (Worship hymnal, #758, in Latin)
Recessional hymn: Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (Worship hymnal, #534)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, July 27, 2018

Sunday XVII

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary:
Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (Gloria if sung, Memorial A) (PDF's)
Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott) (Sanctus, Agnus)

The rest:
Entrance hymn: Father, we thank thee who hast planted (Worship hymnal, #558)
Psalm 145: R./ The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs (V./ by Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, who died just a couple of months ago; R./ by Pére Joseph Gelineau, SJ).  Music in the Worship hymnal, #914
Alleluia: Owen Alstott
Offertory hymn: At that first Eucharist (Worship hymnal, #733)
Communion responsory: Bless the Lord, O my soul... (Adam Bartlett)
Meditation hymn: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All (Worship hymnal, #488)
Recessional hymn: Holy God, we praise thy Name (Worship hymnal, #524)

DID YOU KNOW:
When I'm singing with the congregation, I tend to back off at times to listen to the singing from the congregation.  Keep singing.  You're doing great (especially at the 5:00 and 11:15 Masses).  This is part of the reason I do not use a microphone to sing from (another part being that I might scare you all out of town, let alone out of church). ;)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sundays XV and XVI

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF) (Omitted on Friday)
Sanctus, Amen, and Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial: Holy Angels Mass (BMP)

The rest:
July 15: Sunday XV
Entrance hymn: All glory be to God on high (Worship hymnal, #527)
Psalm 85: Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation (BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia: Alstott (A-flat chant-like version - so so so la do...)
Offertory hymn: Go, make of all disciples (Worship hymnal, #628)
Communion responsory: He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood... (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: How good the Name of Jesus sounds (Worship hymnal, #610)
Recessional hymn: All creatures of our God and King (Worship hymnal, #520)

July 22: Sunday XVI
Entrance hymn: At the Lamb's high feast we sing (Worship hymnal, #459)
Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want (Alstott)
Alleluia: Alstott (A-flat chant-like version - so so so la do...)
Offertory hymn: At the Name of Jesus (Worship hymnal, #499)
Communion responsory: Accept a sacrifice of justice...  (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Shepherd of souls (Worship hymnal, #728)
Recessional hymn: Rejoice, the Lord is King (Worship hymnal, #493)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Sunday XIII and XIV, plus First Friday

This weekend marks the beginning of "summer mode", in which the sung Ordinary of the Mass is in English for the next four months (with the exception of one date in September).

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Today we have two weekends, plus First Friday, all in one post: Sunday XIII (July 1) and Sunday XIV (July 8).

Ordinary of the Mass:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF) (Omitted on Friday)
Sanctus, Amen, and Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial: Holy Angels Mass (BMP)

The rest:
July 1: Sunday XIII
Entrance hymn: Christ for the world, we sing (Maroon hymnal, #537)
Psalm 30: I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me (Sam Schmitt) (PDF)
Alleluia: Alstott (A-flat chant-like version - so so so la do...)
Offertory hymn: Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old (Maroon hymnal, #517)
- NOTE: The tune we will use is the one we usually sing from Worship, but with the text in the Maroon.)
Communion responsory: Bless the Lord, O my soul (Adam Bartlett)
Meditation hymn: When Jesus left his Father's throne (Maroon hymnal, #331)
Recessional hymn: Our National Anthem (Maroon hymnal, #142)

July 6: Sacred Heart Community Mass 6 PM (First Friday)
Optional Memorial: St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr
Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine (on sheets provided)
Psalm 31: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit (Tone 2)
Alleluia: Alstott (A-flat chant-like version - so so so la do...)
Offertory hymn: Ave Maria (Arcadelt) or Panis Angelicus (Lambillotte)
Communion responsory: Any man who serves me must follow me... (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning (on sheets provided)

July 8: Sunday XIV
Entrance hymn: God of our fathers (Maroon hymnal, #143)
Psalm 123: Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy (Marier)
Alleluia: Alstott (A-flat chant-like version - so so so la do...)
Offertory hymn: Fight the good fight (Maroon hymnal, #560)
- Tune different from what's in the hymnal, but is more familiar
Communion responsory: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Hark, my soul! it is the Lord (Maroon hymnal, #459)
Recessional hymn: Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Maroon hymnal, #545)
- Tune different from what's in the hymnal.  It is the tune we usually sing with "Go, make of all disciples" and "The Day of Resurrection".

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP