Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Three-Day Weekend

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria (if sung): Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF) (omitted on Friday)
Sanctus through Agnus Dei: A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)

ALLELUIA: Robert Twynham
- Side Note: Robert Twynham was longtime music director at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD.

The rest (with some special notations on two of the First Friday hymns)...

Sacred Heart Community Mass (First Friday)
Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle
In Honor of Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest
Friday, VII-3, at 6 PM
MUSIC SHEETS WILL BE AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH.

Entrance hymn: To Jesus Christ, our sov'reign King ("Ich Glaub an Gott")
Psalm 117: R./ Go out to all the world and tell the Good News (BMP, based on the Benediction chant Adoremus in Aeternum Sanctissimum Sacramentum) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Godhead here in hiding ("Adoro Te Devote"/Mode V)
- Probably the best translation (or at least one of the best translations) of the beloved "Adoro Te Devote".  The Latin was penned in the 13th century by St. Thomas Aquinas (another St. Thomas, "who wouldda thunk?").  The English text (which will be provided) was translated by a 19th century Jesuit, Gerard Manley Hopkins.  Pay close attention to verses 2 and 3 when you sing (or listen to) this on Friday.  Good reflection on the Gospel of the day (the "doubting Thomas").  The tune is the same as another hymn we've sung before, "Jesus, Son of Mary".
Communion responsory: Ye sons and daughters ("O Filii et Filiae"/Mode II)
- This hymn, used mainly during Paschaltide, and especially Low Sunday (the Second Sunday of Easter), tells the Thomas story even more directly than the reflective hymn at the Offertory.  I omitted the Easter verses on the music sheet, but included the five verses that relate to the Gospel.
Recessional hymn: Holy God, we praise thy Name ("Grosser Gott")

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

Entrance hymn: God of our Fathers ("National Hymn")
- This was our recessional last week.
Psalm 145: R./ I will praise your Name for ever, my King and my God (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Jesus shall reign ("Duke Street")
Communion responsory: Psalm 34, R./ Taste and see the goodness of the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: All you who seek a comfort sure ("Kingsfold")
Recessional hymn: My country, 'tis of thee ("America")
- This tune is still used in England as "God Save the Queen".

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, June 26, 2020

Sunday XIII

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS: Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana)
- Last week of this setting until November.  From July till October we will use sung English settings.
ALLELUIA: music by Robert Twynham

The rest:
- NOTE: Since the hymnals are not in the pews and we're still using sheets, I inserted the tune name in quotation marks.  This is the name that you would see at the bottom of the hymn if you're in the Worship hymnal, or at the top of the hymn if you're in the Maroon hymnal.

Entrance hymn: Lift high the cross ("Crucifer")
Psalm 89: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Take up your cross ("O Jesu, Mi Dulcissime")
Communion, Psalm 96: Christ, rising from the dead, dies no more, alleluia (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Nearer, my God, to thee ("Bethany")
Recessional hymn: God of our Fathers ("National Hymn")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Patronal Feast and Sunday XII

As many know, the missalettes and hymnals have been removed from the pews due to the "pandemic".  We are keeping missalettes in the back of the church.  Feel free to take one with you - take it home and return it to Mass EACH weekend.  That will be your assigned copy.

Also, as you have seen, there are inserts in each week's bulletin with the text of the hymns and the readings.  For the Friday Mass (Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, our Patronal Feast - 6 PM), the hymn/reading sheets will be at the entrance of the Church as you enter.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:  Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Caudana)
ALLELUIA: setting by Robert Twynham

The rest:

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Friday, VI-19, at 6 PM

Entrance: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine
Psalm 103: The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him (Sam Schmitt) (music PDF)
Offertory: To Christ, the Prince of Peace
Communion, Psalm 34: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord (BMP) (music PDF)
Meditation: All you who seek a comfort sure
Recessional: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning 

Sunday XII through the Year
Saturday, VI-20, at 5 PM; Sunday, VI-21, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance: Fight the good fight 
Psalm 69: Lord, in your great love, answer me (BMP) (music PDF)
Offertory: Abide with me 
Communion, Psalm 34: What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light, says the Lord (BMP) (music PDF)
Meditation: Blest are the pure in heart
Recessional: Ye holy angels bright 

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Next Three Weekends (Pentecost, First Friday, Trinity, Corpus Christi)

There will be no hymnals or missalettes in the pews for a while, but during that time we will print the words to the hymns and the readings as bulletin inserts.  Also, we are printing the words to the Gloria in Latin, as during this time we usually use Latin settings that I think most at Sacred Heart are familiar with at this point.  I inherited these from my predecessor, Dave Sylvestre, who has also used these. ;)

Masses will be at the usual times: Saturday at 5 PM, Sunday at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM.
Friday, June 5, is the First Friday Sacred Heart Community Mass at 6 PM in the Church.
Also, please note (this will be in the bulletin anyways): all WEEKDAY Masses, at least for this week, will be in the CHURCH, not the chapel.

Also, please note that music may change as need arises.  We're reopening after a hiatus of almost three months.  We don't exactly know what to expect just yet.  If there are any changes in music, I will try to get it updated here in a timely manner.

So, without further ado...

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

May 30/31: The Solmenity of Pentecost

Ordinary of the Mass: Missa "Cristo Risusciti" (Luigi Picchi)
- Sung Creed in English at 11:15 (adaptation of "Credo III")

Hymns, etc:
Entrance hymn: Come, Holy Ghost
Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 104): R./ Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. (music by Owen Alstott)
Sequence: Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Mode I)
Alleluia "O Filii et Filiae" (excerpted from the Mode II chant of the same name, adapted by BMP) (PDF, see versicle 34)
Offertory hymn: Fire of God, undying flame (The tune here is same as the Advent hymn Savior of the nations, come.)
Music during Communion:
- Responsory (Psalm 68): R./ All were filled with the Holy Spirit, alleluia, alleluia (BMP) (PDF)
- or Hymn: Veni, Creator Spiritus (Mode VIII)
Meditation hymn: Regina caeli (Mode VI, English and Latin)
Recessional hymn: Now thank we all our God

June 5, 7, and 14

Ordinary of the Mass during the Month of June:  Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana) (Gloria omitted on June 5)
- Sung Creed in English at 11:15 (adaptation of "Credo III")

June 5: First Friday (Sacred Heart Community Mass)
Memorial of Saint Boniface

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O love divine
Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 117): R./ Go out to all the world and tell the Good News. (music by BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia by Robert Twynham
Offertory hymn: The King of love my shepherd is
Communion hymn: At that first Eucharist
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning

June 6/7: Most Holy Trinity

Entrance hymn: Come, thou almighty King
Responsorial Psalm (Daniel 3/Canticle of the Three Young Men): R./ Glory and praise for ever (music by BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia by Robert Twynham
Offertory hymn: Holy, holy, holy
Communion responsory (Tobit 12/13): Let us bless the God of heaven (music by BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All
Recessional hymn: O God, almighty Father

June 13/14: Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Entrance hymn: Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates
Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 147): R./ Praise the Lord, Jerusalem (music by BMP) (PDF)
Sequence: TBD
Alleluia by Robert Twynham
Offertory hymn: Alleluia, sing to Jesus
Music during Communion:
- Responsory (Psalm 23): R./ He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him, says the Lord (music by BMP) (PDF)
- OR motet: Ave Verum (Lorenzo Perosi)
Meditation hymn: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All
Recessional hymn: Holy God, we praise thy Name

So thankful to be back, as I'm sure many are you, and especially thankful for the recovery and return of Father Bucci!
Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A First Friday Reflection (in a musician's eyes)

The absence of Masses due to the COVID-19 "pandemic" (I'm using quotation marks for the word "pandemic", because I firmly believe the left wing is politicizing the daylights out of this, but nonetheless) has prompted me to utter these thoughts...

May, of course, is the Month of Mary, and a most opportune time to pray to our Blessed Mother via the Holy Rosary.  Don't just pray once, but pray often.  Pray for an end to the "pandemic".  Pray for the opening of churches and the restoration of public celebration of Holy Mass in all our churches.  Pray for a "return to normalcy" (term stolen by President Warren Harding), or perhaps even better than "normalcy".  Pray for our parish, the continuing recovery of our fearless leader, Father Bucci, for each other, for ourselves and our families.  Do it!

This Friday is May 1, the beginning of the Month of Mary.  But oddly enough, the month starts with the feast honoring her spouse, St. Joseph, not so much as her spouse as we do on March 19 (aka, "zeppole day"), but under the title St. Joseph the Worker.  This feast was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1955 and is celebrated on the fixed date of May 1.  In the traditional calendar, this feast is of the First Class, in other words, holding the same rank as the March 19 feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  In the modern calendar, it has been relegated to Optional Memorial (the March 19 feast is still a Solemnity, much higher rank), but can be elevated in the case of, let's say, a  patronal feast of a parish or a diocese.

For many of us laid off due to COVID-19, this is also a good time to pray that we may soon return to work!

While the usual St. Joseph hymns may be appropriate for the May 1 feast, I'd like to call attention to a particular hymn, Jesus, Thou Divine Companion.  This is in the Hymnal 1940 (our maroon hymnal) at #511, and is set to the tune "Pleading Savior" (which many may have sung with the hymn Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly).  The first verse is thus:

Jesus, thou divine companion, by thy lowly human birth,
Thou hast come to join the workers, burden bearers of the earth.
Thou the carpenter of Naz'reth, toiling for thy daily food;
By thy patience and thy courage, thou hast taught us toil is good.

OK.  You may ask, "OK, so this hymn talks about work, but what does this have to do with St. Jospeh?"  Some may remember, especially back in the late 1960's and well into the 1970's, a pew book simply called Monthly Missalette, which was published (in illo tempore) by J.S. Paluch Company of Chicago, Illinois.  Monthly Missalette included the same hymn, but the third line was altered thus to reference St. Joseph:

Son of Joseph, gifted worker, toiling for thy daily food

Another hymn from the maroon hymnal that I fell in love with doesn't reference Joseph, but does promote work!  Come, labor on can be found at #576.  Very stirring tune, and I'll post the first verse:

Come, labor on; who dare stand idle on the harvest plain,
While all around him waves the golden grain?
And to each servant does the Master say: GO WORK TODAY!


Stay safe, and pray without ceasing!

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, April 10, 2020

Improperia (aka, the Reproaches)

Today being Good Friday, I'd like to expose a piece that's important to Good Friday liturgy that is hardly ever seen in hymnals anymore, let alone sung - well, not in the Ordinary Form.  That piece is known as the "Reproaches", or more formerly, the "Improperia".

The Reproaches is a chant that is traditionally sung during the Adoration of the Holy Cross.  It is written in two portions.  Some may recognize this antiphon:
- My people, what have I done to you?  Or in what have I offended you?  Answer me! 
Or, in Latin:
- Popule meus, quid feci tibi?  Aut in quo contristavi te?  Responde mihi!

These are the words of Christ.  The verses are very strong as well.

Here is the entire chant, in English...

(Key: R./ = Response; V./ = Versicle)
Part I
Sung twice:
My people, what have I done to you?  Or in what have I offended you?  Answer me.

V./ Because I led you out of the land of Egypt, you have prepared a Cross for your Savior.

R./ Holy is God, / Holy and Strong, / Holy and Immortal One, have mercy on us.
(Traditionally, this is alternated with the Greek: "Hagios o Theos, / Hagios Ischyros, / Hagios Anthanatos, eleison himas,"  Each passage alternates Greek by chanters, then English as the response by full choir and/or congregation.  In a Latin Mass, it would be Greek then Latin.)

V./ Because I led you out through the desert for forty years and fed you with manna and brought you into a land of plenty, you have prepared a Cross for your Savior.  R./
V./ What more should I have done for you and have not done?  Indeed, I planted you as my most beautiful chosen vine, and you have turned very bitter for me, for in your thirst you gave me vinegar to drink and with a lance you pierced your Savior's side.  R./

Part II

V./ I scourged Egypt for your sake with its firstborn sons, and you scourged me and handed me over.

R./ My people, what have I done to you?  Or in what have I offended you?  Answer me.

V./ I led you from Egypt as Pharoah lay sunk in the Red Sea, and you handed me over to the chief priests.  R./
V./ I opened up the sea before you, and you opened my side with a lance.  R./
V./ I went before you in a pillar of cloud, and you led me into Pilate's palace.  R./
V./ I fed you with manna in the desert, and on me you rained blows and lashes.  R./
V./ I gave you saving water from the rock to drink, and for drink you gave me gall and vinegar.  R./
V./ I struck down for ou the kings of the Canaanites, and you struck my head with a reed.  R./
V./ I put your hand in a royal scepter, and you put on my head a crown of thorns.  R./
V./ I exalted you with great power, and you hung me on the scaffold of the Cross.  R./

I'm fixing to prepare a setting of this to be sung next year on Good Friday, God willing.

A blessed Triduum to you all!

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Saturday, March 21, 2020

How Does a Laid-Off Organist Kill Time...

...besides potentially collecting unemployment pay?

I keep myself musically awake at all times.  Not only do I have to prepare for that day when the Bishop lifts the ban on public Masses and other celebrations within the church proper, I keep my composition skills awake as much as possible, too.  As some of you know, I'm in the midst of a large pet project.  It started out as Psalm 151, which was the Proper of the Mass set to music for Sundays and major feasts.  I've since been expanding it to The Christus Vincit Gradual, to also include weekdays (both ferial and sanctoral).  Some of the Responsorial Psalms and many of the Communion responsories you may have heard at Holy Mass at Sacred Heart are part of this ongoing project.

As I continue this project, I continue my prayers for the recovery of our fearless pastor, Father Bucci, for those suffering from the Corona Virus, and an eventual "return to normalcy", where one can once again go to Mass and get the full reception of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament, where one can once again go to a market and get the basic necessities in normal quantities and not have to worry about hoarders and black market salespeople snatching them all (toilet paper, particularly), and my return to full duty as your organist.  Most importantly, my prayers for you, the wonderful people at Sacred Heart, who, along with Father Bucci, have given me the best nine years of my church music career which spans well over 3-1/2 decades.

I'm proud to say my daughter Jessica has taken up poetry writing again, something she did very well when she was a teenager.  She asked me if I could set her most recent poem to music.  I sent her a sample of just myself on guitar.  She has more to add to the poem, but thus far, she likes what she's heard.  This is our first father/daughter musical venture.

FINALLY, I'm considering doing a video of the Stations of the Cross and possibly a Tuesday evening posting thereof onto the parish Facebook page, as well as my own Facebook page.  I have to find my home copy of the booklet - the same one we use at Sacred Heart.  Something to turn to on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons in lieu of being able to physically be present there.  I obviously can't do Holy Communion (I'm not a priest, nor a trained extraordinary minister of Holy Communion).

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

III, IV, and V Lent, and St. Joseph Day

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Kyrie: recited or Laus Tibi Christe (Federico Caudana)
Gloria: recited or Mass VIII (St. Joseph Day ONLY; omitted on all other dates listed here)
The Credo will be RECITED for the time being
Sanctus and Agnus Dei: Mass VIII on St. Joseph Day; Mass XVII on the Sundays; Mass XVIII on First Friday
Memorial Acclamation: Save us, savior of the world (missalette, #12, page 93)
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII

Third Sunday of Lent
Saturday, III-14, at 5 PM; Sunday, III-15, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the height (Maroon hymnal, #342, first tune)
Psalm 95: R./ If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts (missalette, page 72)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: I heard the voice of Jesus say (Worship hymnal, #607)
Communion music:
- (11:15) My God, my Father, while I stray (Montani/Troyte)
- (all others) R./ He who drinks the water I shall give shall have a well within him springing unto eternal life, says the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: Jesus, Name all names above (Maroon hymnal, #342)

St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday, III-19, at 9 AM, followed by ZEPPOLES!

Entrance hymn: Joseph, be our guide and pattern (Worship hymnal, #693)
Psalm 89: R./ The Son of David will live for ever (BMP) (PDF)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Come now and praise the humble saint (Worship hymnal, #694)
Communion responsory: Psalm 27, R./ Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: Holy Patron, thee saluting (missalete, #106)

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)
Saturday, III-21, at 5 PM; Sunday, III-22, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: God, whose almighty word (Worship hymnal, #486)
Psalm 23: R./ The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want (Alstott)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: The King of love my shepherd is (Worship hymnal, #609)
Communion music:
- (11:15) Jesu, salvator noster (Rossini)
- (all others) R./ Psalm 27. I began to see, and I put my faith in God (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: Your hands, O Lord, in days of old (Worship hymnal, #750)

Fifth Sunday of Lent
Saturday, III-28, at 5 PM; Sunday, III-29, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: When I survey the wondrous cross (Maroon hymnal, #337)
Psalm 130: R./ With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption (Schmitt) (PDF)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Abide with me (Maroon hymnal, #467)
Communion music:
- (11:15) We give immortal praise (Watts/"Love Unknown")
- (all others) Psalm 130, R./ Out he came, hands and feet bound, he who had been dead four days (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: There is a green hill far away (Maroon hymnal, #65, first tune)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Three-Day Weekend

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

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

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine (on sheets provided)
Kyrie "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana)
Psalm 130: R./ If you, O Lord, should mark our sins, Lord, who would survive (Worship hymnal, #71, antiphon II)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Lord, who throughout these forty days (Maroon hymnal, #59)
Sanctus and Agnus Dei: Mass XVIII
Memorial: Save us, Savior of the world (ICEL chant)
Amen: adapted from the Sanctus of Mass VIII
Communion responsory: Attende, Domine (Worship hymnal, #414, in Latin)
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning (on sheets provided)

Second Sunday of Lent
Saturday, III-6, 5 PM; Sunday, III-7, 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: The glory of these forty days (Maroon hymnal, #61)
Kyrie "Laus Tibi Christe" (Caudana)
Psalm 33: R./ Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you (Worship hymnal, #790)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Credo III in English (on laminated cards in pew rack) - Click here to listen
Offertory hymn: O wondrous type, O vision fair (Maroon hymnal, #119)
Sanctus and Agnus Dei: Mass XVII
Memorial: Save us, Savior of the world (ICEL chant)
Amen: adapted from the Sanctus of Mass VIII
Communion music:
- (11:15) Fairest Lord Jesus (Maroon hymnal, #346, first tune)
- (all others) Psalm 27, R./ Tell no one about the vision you have seen until the Son of Man has risen from the dead (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: O God, unseen, yet ever near (Maroon hymnal, #198, first tune)
- NOTE: This is the same tune as the very familiar "Lord, who throughout these forty days", which we sang Last Sunday.

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, February 28, 2020

I Lent and Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

As per custom, Stations of the Cross is held on Fridays during Lent and Holy Week at 12:05 PM in the Chapel, and on Tuesdays during Lent and Holy Week at 7:00 PM in the Church.  The Tuesday Stations of the Cross contains music accompanied by the organ.

At the entrance, and at each station we sing selected verses of the Stabat Mater (At the Cross Her Station Keeping) in English, as given in the booklet provided.
Holy Communion is also included in the Stations.
We chant the Agnus Dei from Mass XVIII (the simple chant).
During Communion, we alternate by week:
Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All (Worship hymnal, #488) (on Weeks I, III, and V of Lent)
Let thy Blood in mercy poured (Maroon hymnal, #190) (on Weeks II and IV of Lent and in Holy Week)
The recessional hymn is Lift High the Cross (Worship hymnal, #704)

First Sunday of Lent

The 5:00 PM Saturday Mass and the 7:30 and 9:00 AM Masses are in the Ordinary Form.  The 11:15 AM this weekend will be the Anglican Use Mass.  Traditional Mass texts, but in English (though some sung Ordinary in Latin).

Also, beginning with this weekend, the Creed (I believe in one God...) will be chanted in English at all Masses (except 7:30 AM).  Music is on laminated cards in the pew rack.  Click here to listen.  This music will also be played as the prelude before all Masses this weekend.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
- Asperges Me (Mode VII) (11:15)
- Kyrie: Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana) (all Masses)
- Credo III in English (all Masses) (on laminated cards in the pew rack)
- Sanctus and Agnus Dei: Mass XVII (all Masses)
- Memorial Acclamation: Save us, Savior of the world... (#12 on page 93 in missalette)
- Amen: adapted from the Sanctus of Mass VIII 

Proper of the Mass:
- (Ordinary Form 5 PM Sat., 7:30 and 9 AM Sun.)
- - Psalm 51: R./ Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned (Worship hymnal, #1091)
- - - (This setting was written by C. Alexander Peloquin, who was the music director at Providence's Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, 1950-1990.)
- - Gospel Acclamation Vexilla Regis (BMP) (PDF)

- (Anglican Use 11:15 AM Sun.)
- - Introit, Gradual, Tract, Offertory, and Communion from the Anglican Use Gradual.

Hymns, etc.
Entrance: Lord, who throughout these forty days (Maroon hymnal, #59)
Offertory: The glory of these forty days (Maroon hymnal, #61) (At 11:15, this is after the proper)
Communion:
- (11:15, after the proper): Parce Domine (Fr. Carlo Rossini)
- (all other Masses): Parce Domine (Mode I/BMP) (PDF)
Meditation: When I survey the wondrous cross (Maroon hymnal, #337)
Recessional: Forty days and forty nights (Maroon hymnal, #55)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sunday VII and Ash Wednesday, plus a sung Creed!

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Sunday VII through the Year
Saturday, II-22, at 5 PM; Sunday, II-23, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)
Sanctus/Agnus: Mass for Christian Unity (Jan Vermulst)
Memorial: We proclaim your death... (Holy Angels Mass/BMP) (PDF)
Dresden Amen

Alleluia: Marier

Entrance hymn: Father, we thank thee who hast planted (Worship hymnal, #558)
Psalm 103: R./ The Lord is kind and merciful (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Love divine, all loves excelling (Worship hymnal, #588)
Communion music:
- (11:15): Fairest Lord Jesus (Maroon hymnal, #346, first tune)
- (all others): Psalm 9, R./ I will sing to your Name, O Most High (Bartlett)
Meditation hymn: What wondrous love is this (Worship hymnal, #600)
Recessional hymn: Christ is the King (Worship hymnal, #500)

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, II-26, at 9 AM and 7 PM

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Kyrie: Messa Popolare Laus Tibi Christe (Federico Caudana)
Sanctus Agnus: Mass XVIII
Memorial: Save us, Savior of the world... (ICEL chant)
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII

Entrance hymn: Lord, who throughout these forty days (Maroon hymnal, #59)
Psalm 51: R./ Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned (Worship hymnal, #1091)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Our Father, we have wandered (Worship hymnal, #755)
Communion responsory: Attende, Domine (Worship hymnal, #414)
Imposition of Ashes: Parce, Domine (Mode I/BMP or Rossini)

Coming soon: Sung Creed
Beginning on the weekend of February 29/March 1 (First Sunday of Lent): a sung setting of the Creed in ENGLISH.  Click here to listen.  Readers here will be the first to learn it.

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Sunday VI

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)
Sanctus/Agnus: Mass for Christian Unity (Jan Vermulst)
Memorial: We proclaim your death... (Holy Angels Mass/BMP) (PDF)
Dresden Amen

Alleluia: Theodore Marier

The rest:
Entrance hymn: We sing the praise of him who died (Maroon hymnal, #340)
Psalm 119: R./ Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord (Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB)
Offertory hymn: Jesus, Lover of my soul (Maroon hymnal, #415, first tune)
Communion music:
- (11:15) Pange Lingua (alternating between Mode III, found in the Worship hymnal at #813, and an original setting)
- (all others) Psalm 78, R./ They ate, and they were fully satisfied (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: I sought the Lord (Maroon hymnal, #405)
Recessional hymn: Sing praise to the Lord (Worship hymnal, #539)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Three-Day Weekend

Sorry so late.  Mea culpa!

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary:
Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (Gl/Mem)
Mass for Christian Unity (Jan Vermulst) (Sa/Ag)
Dresden Amen

Alleluia: Theodore Marier

The rest:

First Friday (Sacred Heart Community Mass)
Friday, II-7, at 6 PM

Entrance: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine
Psalm 18: R./ Blessed be God, my salvation (Tone 8G)
Offertory: Cor dulce, Cor amabile
Communion: Panis Angelicus (Cesar Franck)
Recessional: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning

My apologies for forgetting to put the Sacred Heart hymn sheets out this evening.  By the time I realized it, I had already started the entrance hymn.  Most of you regulars know the refrains on these anyways. ;)

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

Entrance: When morning gilds the skies (Maroon hymnal, #367)
Psalm 112: R./ The just man is a light in darkness to the upright (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory: O Jesus, I have promised (Maroon hymnal, #570, second tune)
Communion:
- (11:15) Laudate Dominum (Giuseppe Pitoni)
- (all others) Ps. 42, R./ I will go to the altar of God; praise the God of my joy (Worship hymnal, #38, antiphon I)
Meditation: Blest are the pure in heart (Maroon hymnal, #418)
Recessional: O worship the King (Maroon hymnal, #288)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Presentation of the Lord

Since the date of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2) falls on a Sunday this year, it pre-empts the Fourth Sunday through the Year.

The 11:15 Mass this Sunday will be the traditional Anglican Use Mass.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

HYMNODY for ALL Masses:
Procession: Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates (Maroon hymnal, #484)
Offertory: Hail to the Lord who comes (Maroon hymnal, #115)
Meditation: In his temple now behold him (Missalette, #126)
Recessional: O Sion, open wide thy gates (Maroon hymnal, #116)

ORDINARY of the Mass:
(Saturday 5:00 PM; Sunday 7:30 and 9:00 AM)
- Mass VIII (Gloria/Sanctus/Agnus Dei)
- Memorial Acclamation: Mortem tuam... (from Jubilate Deo)
- Amen: Dresden
(Sunday 11:15 AM)
- Asperges Me: Mode VII
- Mass of the Shepherds (Pietro Yon) (Kyrie/Gloria/Sanctus/Agnus Dei)
- Credo III

PROPER of the Mass:
(Saturday 5:00 PM; Sunday 7:30 and 9:00 AM)
- Entrance Antiphon: The Lord will come to us with mighty power... (Worship hymnal, #1023)
- Responsorial Psalm: Who is this King of glory? It is the Lord! (Jon Laird)
- Alleluia: Theodore Marier
(Sunday 11:15 AM)
- Entrance Antiphon, Blessing of the Candles, Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, and Communion are all taken from the Anglican Use Gradual.

COMMUNION MUSIC:
(Saturday 5:00 PM; Sunday 7:30 and 9:00 AM)
- Responsory: Guard us, O Lord, while we sleep, and keep us in peace (Nunc Dimittis) (Worship hymnal, #90)
(Sunday 11:15 AM)
- Anthem: Alma Redemptoris Mater (Samuel Webbe)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sunday III

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)
Sanctus/Agnus: Mass for Christian Unity (Jan Martin Vermulst)
Memorial: We proclaim your death... (Holy Angels Mass/BMP) (PDF)
Dresden Amen

Alleluia: Theodore Marier

The rest:
Entrance hymn: To the Name of our salvation (Maroon hymnal, #326)
Psalm 27: R./ The Lord is my light and my salvation (Worship hymnal, #871)
Offertory hymn: Go, make of all disciples (Worship hymnal, #628)
Communion music:
(11:15): Cantate Domino canticum novum (Vincent d'Indy)
(all others): Psalm 34: R./ Look toward the Lord and be radiant, let your faces not be abashed. (Adam Bartlett)
Meditation hymn: I sought the Lord (Maroon hymnal, #405)
Recessional hymn: Ye holy angels bright (Maroon hymnal, #600)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, January 17, 2020

Sunday II through the Year

Dominica II per Annum = Sunday II THROUGH the Year. ;)
Think Per ipsum... (Through him...)

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)
Sanctus/Agnus: Mass for Christian Unity (Jan Martin Vermulst)
Memorial: We proclaim your death... (Holy Angels Mass/BMP) (PDF)
Dresden Amen

Alleluia: Theodore Marier

The rest:
Entrance hymn: On Jordan's Bank (Maroon hymnal, #10)
Psalm 40: R./ Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will (Proulx/Gelineau) (Worship hymnal, #868)
Offertory hymn: Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding (Maroon hymnal, #9)
Communion music:
- Psalm 20: R./ We shall rejoice in your salvation (BMP) (PDF)
- (11:15) In thee is gladness (Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi)
Meditation hymn: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All (Worship hymnal, #488)
Recessional hymn: Songs of thankfulness and praise (Maroon hymnal, #53)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Baptism of the Lord

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Mass VIII (Gl/Sa/Ag)
- (11:15) Mass of the Shepherds (Gl/Sa/Ag)
Mortem tuam...
Dresden Amen

The rest:
Entrance hymn: On Jordan's Bank (Maroon hymnal, #10)
Psalm 29: R./ The Lord will bless his people with peace (Gregory Evans) (PDF)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding (Maroon hymnal, #9)
Communion music:
- Psalm 29: R./ All who have been baptized in Christ, you have put on Christ, alleluia (BMP) (PDF)
- (11:15) Blest be the God of Israel (Worship hymnal, #6)
Meditation hymn: Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Maroon hymnal, #197)
Recessional hymn: Songs of thankfulness and praise (Maroon hymnal, #53)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, January 3, 2020

An Action Packed Three-Day Weekend

Sorry so late.  Been a busy little bee.  This is an action-packed weekend in which we have:
- First Friday Mass (Optional Memorial of the Holy Name of Jesus)
- Epiphany (Four ordinary form Masses, three of them with brass, and one extraordinary form Mass).

Starting with this Sunday, we are celebrating Mass in the Extraordinary Form, that is, the Traditional Latin Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962, on the first Sunday of each month at 12:30 PM.  What makes these really special is that the first three of four "first Sundays" are:
- January 5: External solemnity of the Epiphany (the traditional calendar sets Epiphany on the fixed date of January 6, but can be celebrated as an external solemnity on Sunday)
- February 2: The Purification of Mary (name changed to "Presentation of the Lord" in the modern liturgical calendar, but the Roman Gradual propers are pretty much the same)
- April 5: Palm Sunday
March 1, the First Sunday of Lent, is the only numbered Sunday of any season in this four-month span.

So, without further ado...

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

First Friday (Sacred Heart Community Mass)
The Holy Name of Jesus (Optional Memorial)
Friday, I-3, at 6 PM

Ordinary: Mass VIII
- Mortem Tuam
- Dresden Amen

Entrance hymn: At the Name of Jesus (Worship hymnal, #499)
Psalm 8: R./ How great is your Name, O Lord, our God, through all the earth (Murray/Gelineau)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium", with versicle for January 3
Offertory hymn: Christians, sound the Name that saved us (on sheets provided)
Communion hymn: Puer Natus in Bethlehem (Mode I)
Recessional hymn: Hark! the herald angels sing (Worship hymnal, #387)

The Epiphany of the Lord (Ordinary Form)
Saturday, I-4, at 5 PM; Sunday, I-5, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Brass trio at all Masses except 7:30 AM.

Ordinary: Mass VIII (7:30); Mass of the Shepherds (Yon) (all others)
- Mortem Tuam
- Dresden Amen

Entrance hymn: O come, all ye faithful (Maroon hymnal, #12, vv. 1, 2, 3, 6)
Psalm 72: R./ Lord, every nation on earth will adore you (BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: We three kings of Orient are (Maroon hymnal, #51)
Communion music:
- (7:30) R./ We have seen his star in the East and have come with gifts to worship the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
- (all others) Tollite Hostias (Saint-Saëns)
Meditation hymn: As with gladness men of old (Maroon hymnal, #52)
Recessional hymn: What star is this with beams so bright (Maroon hymnal, #47)

The Epiphany of the Lord (Extraordinary Form/External Solemnity)
Sunday, I-5, at 12:30 PM

Solemn High Mass

Ordinary: Mass of the Shepherds (Yon)
- Asperges Me (Mode VII)
- Credo III

Proper of the Mass settings by A. Edmonds Tozer

Entrance hymn: We three kings of Orient are (Worship hymnal, #406)
Offertory hymn: Adeste Fideles (Worship hymnal, #392, Latin verses)
Communion motet: Tollite Hostias (Saint-Saëns)
Recessional hymn: What star is this with beams so bright (Worship hymnal, #407)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Holy Family and Mary, Mother of God

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
Kyrie/Gloria/Sanctus/Agnus: Mass of the Shepherds (Pietro Yon) or Mass VIII, depending on the availability of singers
Memorial Acclamation: Mortem tuam... (Jubilate Deo chant)
Amen: Dresden

The rest:

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Saturday, XII-28-19, at 5 PM; Sunday, XII-29-19, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

At the 5 PM Saturday Mass, we will also remember all those parishioners who have died the past year.

Entrance hymn: Once in royal David's city (Worship hymnal, #402)
Psalm 128: O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways (Gelineau)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: The First Nowell (Worship hymnal, #408)
Communion music:
- (11:15) Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine ("Resonet in Laudibus")  (This setting includes a third verse which the maroon hymnal does not include.)
- (all others) Responsory: Take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: See, amid the winter's snow (Worship hymnal, #375)
Recessional hymn: Angels we have heard on high (Worship hymnal, #376)

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
(A Holy Day of Obligation)
Tuesday, XII-31-19, at 5 PM; Wednesday, I-1-20, at 9 and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Maroon hymnal, #13)
Psalm 67: May God bless us in his mercy (music in missalette at the bottom of page 42)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP) (PDF as above, versicle for "Optional B")
Offertory hymn: The First Nowell (Maroon hymnal, #30)
Communion music: Ave Maria (Perosi) or responsory: Exult, O daughter of Sion (BMP) (PDF), depending on availability of singers
Meditation hymn: In the bleak midwinter (Maroon hymnal, #44)
Recessional hymn: Angels we have heard on high (Maroon hymnal, #42)

Best wishes for a happy and blessed Year of Our Lord MMXX.

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, December 20, 2019

IV Advent and Christmas

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Sunday IV of Advent
Saturday, XII-21, at 5 PM; Sunday, XII-22, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Ordinary of the Mass:
- Mass XVII (Kyrie/Sanctus/Agnus)
- Mortem Tuam (Memorial)
- Amen, adapted from Sanctus VIII

Entrance hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel (Maroon hymnal, #2)
Psalm 24: Let the Lord enter; he is King of glory (Worship hymnal, #775)
Alleluia "Conditor Alme" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory: Joseph dearest, Joseph mine (Maroon hymnal, #45)
Communion music:
(11:15): Alma Redemptoris Mater (Samuel Webbe)
(all others): Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and his Name shall be called Emmanuel (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Lo! how a rose e'er blooming (Worship hymnal, #374)
Recessional hymn: O come, divine Messiah (Worship hymnal, #367)

Christmas: The Nativity of the Lord
Tuesday, XII-24, at 5 and 10 PM; Wednesday, XII-25, at 9 and 11:15 AM
Preludes approximately 15 minutes before each Mass.  Brass trio will also be on hand for all Masses.

PRELUDE:
1. Carol by brass TBD
2. Gaudete, Christus Est Natus (Piae Cantationes, 1582; arr. BMP)
3. La Pastorale di Couperin (Antonio Allegra)
4. Carol by brass TBD

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
- Mass of the Shepherds (Pietro Yon) (Kyrie/Gloria/Sanctus/Agnus)
- Mortem Tuam (Memorial)
- Dreseden Amen

Entrance hymn: O come, all ye faithful (Worship hymnal, #392)
- Verse 1 in Latin, followed by verses 1-4 in English)
Psalm 96: Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord (Worship hymnal, #779)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Hark! the herald angels sing (Worship hymnal, #387)
Communion anthem: Tollite Hostias (Camille Saint-Saëns)
Meditation hymn: Silent night (Worship hymnal, #379)
Recessional hymn: Joy to the world (Worship hymnal, #399, vv. 1, 2, 4)
Postlude: Angels we have heard on high (organ/brass)

Merry Christmas and a blessed MMXX to all who read this!

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP