Thursday, October 22, 2020

Sunday XXX

 MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP)
Sanctus, Amen, and Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation: We proclaim your death... from Holy Angels Mass (BMP)

ALLELUIA: Mode VI

The rest...

Entrance hymn: O that I had a thousand voices ("Mentzer") (Listen)
Psalm 30: R./ I love you, Lord, my strength (Sam Schmitt) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Fight the good fight ("Mendon")
Communion responsory: Ubi caritas (Mode VI)
Meditation hymn: O love that casts out fear ("Moseley") (Listen)
Recessional hymn: For all the saints ("Sine Nomine")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, October 16, 2020

Sunday XXIX

 MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP)
Sanctus, Amen, and Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation: We proclaim your death... from Holy Angels Mass (BMP)

ALLELUIA: Mode VI

The rest...

Entrance hymn: Love divine, all loves excelling ("Hyfrydol") (Listen)
- Same tune as "Alleluia! sing to Jesus!"
Psalm 96: R./ Give the Lord glory and honor (Sam Schmitt)
Offertory hymn: Crown him with many crowns ("Diademata") (Listen)
Communion responsory: How great is your Name, O Lord our God, through all the earth (R./ by Dom Anthony Gregory Murray, OSB, V./ by Pérè Joseph Gelineau, SJ)
- Now there's a collaboration: an English Benedictine and a French Jesuit!  Of course, Joseph Gelineau was probably the last known Jesuit who could write decent music.  After that was the infamous St. Louis Jesuits and their stuff that infiltrated and infested many a hymnal.
Meditation hymn: I sought the Lord ("Artavia") (Listen)
Recessional hymn: Christ is the King ("Gelobt sei Gott") (Listen)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Sunday XXVIII

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP)
Sanctus, Amen, and Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation: We proclaim your death... from Holy Angels Mass (BMP)

ALLELUIA: Mode VI

The rest...

Entrance hymn: We gather together ("Kremser") (Listen)
- NOTE: In the listen link, the hymn starts at about the 1:10 mark.
Psalm 23: R./ I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life (Sam Schmitt) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: My God, thy table now is spread ("Rockingham") (Listen)
- NOTE: This is the same tune as the more familiar "When I survey the wondrous cross"
Communion anthem: In heavenly love abiding ("Nyland")
Meditation hymn: Blest are the pure in heart ("Franconia") (Listen)
Recessional hymn: Hail, holy Queen enthroned above ("Salve Regina Caelitum")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Three-Day Weekend

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (omitted on Friday)
Sanctus, Amen, and Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation: We proclaim your death... from Holy Angels Mass (BMP)

ALLELUIA: Mode VI

The rest...

Sacred Heart Community Mass (First Friday)
Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
Friday, X-2, at 6 PM

Entrance hymn: Christ, the fair glory ("Coelites Plaudant") (Listen)
Psalm 91: R./ The Lord has put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways (Tone 8)
Offertory hymn: Hymn to St. Michael ("Madrid") (Listen)
- NOTE: The hymn in the listen link is different in text, but the melody is the same.
Communion responsory: Psalm 138, R./ In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord (Sam Schmitt)
Recessional: Soon may the last glad song arise ("Truro") (Listen)

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

Entrance hymn: Ye watchers and ye holy ones ("Lasst Uns Erfreuen") (Listen)
- NOTE 1: The accompaniment on this one was on the most part improvised by that church's then-organist/choirmaster, Mark Husey.  The church: St. Peter's, Columbia, South Carolina.
- NOTE 2: Some hymnals, like the maroon hymnal that was in our pews until the diocese called for removal of hymnals and missalettes due to the "pandemic", used the Latin title, "Vigiles et Sancti", for the tune.
Psalm 80: R./ The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel (Adam Bartlett)
Offertory hymn: Christ is made the sure foundation ("Westminster Abbey") (Listen)
Communion music:
- (11:15): O Sacrum Convivium (O Sacred Banquet) (Roberto Remondi)
- (all others): The Lord is good to all who hope in him, to the soul that seeks him (Adam Bartlett)
Meditation hymn: O God of love, O King of peace ("Quebec") (Listen)
- NOTE 1: The tune is known in some hymnals as "Hesperus".  In others, "Quebec".  I prefer to use the name "Quebec".  That's because as a child, my mom would tell me to clean my room, saying that it looked like "the wreck of the Hesperus" (apparently a ship or something, I don't know, but nonetheless).
- NOTE 2: The author of the text, Henry Williams Baker, and the composer of the tune, Henry Baker, are two different people.
Recessional hymn: A mighty fortress is our God ("Ein' Feste Berg") (Listen)
- Some may be thinking, "Why are you using a hymn written by Luther?"  Yes, I get it, he defected from the One True Church.  But he did write this great hymn which can easily be adapted to our Catholic viewpoint.  It reflects the Church Militant, as applied certainly in these testing times.  This hymn's theology is really more Catholic than much of the modern dreck that infiltrates many a Catholic hymnal today.

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Sunday XXVI

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP)
Sanctus, Amen, and Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation: We proclaim your death... from Holy Angels Mass (BMP)

ALLELUIA: Alstott chant melody

The rest...

Entrance hymn: To the Name of our salvation ("Oriel") (Listen)
Psalm 25: R./ Remember your mercies, O Lord (Sam Schmitt) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: At the Name of Jesus ("King's Weston")
Communion music:
- (11:15) To you I lift my soul (John Dunn/John Ireland)
- (all others): Psalm 119, R./ Be mindful of your word to your servant, O Lord, in which you caused me to hope (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Thou art the way ("St. James") (Listen)
Recessional hymn: All hail the pow'r of Jesus' Name ("Coronation") (Listen)
- It took me awhile to find a good listen link where the hymn wasn't hastily rushed.

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Sunday XXV

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP)
Sanctus, Amen, Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation "We proclaim your death...": Holy Angels Mass (BMP)

The rest:
Entrance hymn: Father, we thank thee who hast planted ("Rendez a Dieu")
Psalm 145: R./ The Lord is near to all who call him (Richard Rice) (PDF)
Alleluia: Owen Alstott
Offertory hymn: O Jesus, I have promised ("Day of Rest")
Communion responsory: Magnificat (Tone VIII; additional music at the 11:15 Mass by Ciro Grassi)
Meditation hymn: Soul of my Savior ("Anima Christi")
Recessional hymn: O praise ye the Lord ("Laudate Dominum")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Sunday XXIV and the Italian Heritage Mass

This Saturday (September 12), we are having our Italian Heritage Mass, honoring two saints from Fornelli, Italy: SS. Pietro Martire e Domenico Abate.  This will be at the 5:00 Mass.  The readings, of course, are for Sunday XXIV through the Year.

The brass trio will be on hand for that Mass.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Entrance hymn (all Masses): For all the saints ("Sine Nomine")
Gloria:
- (Saturday) Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana)
- (Sunday) recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP)
Psalm 103 (all Masses): R./ The Lord is kind and merciful; slow to anger and rich and compassion (BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia (all Masses): Owen Alstott
Offertory hymn (all Masses): By all your saints still striving ("St. Theodulph")
- NOTE: same tune as the Palm Sunday staple "All glory, laud, and honor"
Sanctus:
- (Saturday) Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana)
- (Sunday) Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation:
- (Saturday): Annunciamo la tua morte... (in Italian, source unknown)
- (Sunday): We proclaim your death... (BMP/Holy Angels Mass)
Amen:
- (Saturday) from the Gloria of Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana)
- (Sunday) Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Agnus Dei:
- (Saturday) Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana)
- (Sunday) Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Communion music:
- (Saturday) Lodate Maria (Italian)
- (Sunday) Psalm 96, R./ Bring an offering and enter his courts; in his temple worship the Lord (Clifford Howell/Joseph Gelineau)
Meditation hymn (all Masses): Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All ("Sweet Sacrament")
Recessional hymn (all Masses): Holy God, we praise thy Name ("Grosser Gott")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

First Friday, and Sundays XXIII and XXII (that is: This Week and Last Week, in that order!)

Just totally forgot about posting last week's list (sorry, mea maxima culpa), so here's the list for this week (including the First Friday Mass), followed by last week.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP)
September:
Sanctus, Amen, and Agnus: Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation: We proclaim your death... from Holy Angels Mass (BMP)
August:
Sanctus through Agnus: A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)

Alleluia: Owen Alstott

The rest:

Sacred Heart Community Mass
Friday, IX-4, at 6 PM

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine
Psalm 37: R./ The salvation of the just comes from the Lord (Tone 8G)
Offertory hymn: To Christ, the Prince of Peace ("Narenza") (Listen)
Communion responsory: Remember, Lord, thy servants (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning ("Cor Amoris")

Sunday XXIII through the Year
Saturday, IX-5, at 5 PM; Sunday, IX-6, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: All people that on earth do dwell ("Old 100th") (Listen)
- The listen link is to my all-time favorite arrangement of the hymn, written by Ralph Vaughan Williams for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England back in 1953 (67 years and STILL QUEEN; Prince Charles may never see the throne at her rate!) ;)
Psalm 95: R./ If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts (Owen Alstott)
Offertory hymn: Praise the Lord, ye heav'ns, adore him ("Austria") (Listen)
- The listen link here is the hymn "Glorious things of thee are spoken", different text, but same tune.
Communion responsory: Ubi caritas (Mode VI)
Meditation hymn: To Christ, the Prince of Peace ("Narenza")
Recessional hymn: To Jesus Christ, our sov'reign King ("Ich Glaub an Gott")

And now, for those who missed it, or would like to have the list for history purposes (or perhaps a souvenir, LOL; my apologies for dropping the ball on posting this, however, is sincere):

Sunday XXII through the Year
Saturday, VIII-29, at 5 PM; Sunday, VIII-30, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: When morning gilds the skies ("Laudes Domini")
Psalm 63: R./ My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, my God (Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB)
Offertory hymn: When I survey the wondrous cross ("Rockingham")
Communion responsory: Psalm 34, R./ Take up your cross and follow me (BMP)
Meditation hymn: All you who seek a comfort sure ("Kingsfold")
Recessional hymn: Lift high the cross ("Crucifer") 

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, August 21, 2020

Sunday XXI

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

MUSIC FOR THE ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)
Sanctus through Agnus: A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)

ALLELUIA: Owen Alstott

The rest...

Entrance hymn: Christ is made the sure foundation ("Westminster Abbey") (Listen)
Psalm 138: R./ Lord, your love ie eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands (Richard Proulx/Joseph Gelienau, SJ)
Offertory hymn: At that first Eucharist ("Unde et Memores") (Listen)
Communion responsory: Psalm 119, R./ He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him, says the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Soul of my Savior ("Anima Christi")
Recessional hymn: Go, make of all disciples ("Ellacombe")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Assumption and Sunday XX

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on a Saturday this year, thus, while it is still a holyday, the obligation is dropped.  We did, however, celebrate the Assumption at the 5:00 Saturday Mass (it is 8:30 PM Saturday, VIII-15, as I write this, mea culpa).  The Sunday Masses are those of the 20th Sunday of the Year.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

MUSIC FOR THE ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)
Sanctus through Agnus: A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)
ALLELUIA: Owen Alstott
The rest...

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saturday, VIII-15, at 5 PM

Entrance hymn: Hail, holy Queen enthroned above ("Salve Regina Caelitum")
Psalm 45: R./ The queen stands at your right hand arrayed in gold (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: O Sanctissima ("Sicilian Mariners")
Communion responsory: (Magnificat) R./ All generations shall call me blessed (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Salve Regina (Mode V)
Recessional hymn: Tell out, my soul ("Woodlands")

Sunday XX of the Year
Sunday, VIII-16, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: Praise, my soul, the King of heaven ("Lauda Anima") (Listen)
Psalm 67: R./ O God, let all the nations praise you (Sam Schmitt) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Your hands, O Lord, in days of old ("Mozart") (Listen)
Communion responsory: (Psalm 84) R./ My house shall be called a house of prayer, says the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds ("St. Peter") (Listen)
Recessional hymn: Tell out, my soul ("Woodlands") (Listen)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Saturday, August 8, 2020

The Three-Day Weekend

 Sorry this post is late.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

MUSIC FOR THE ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)
Sanctus through Agnus: A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)

ALLELUIA: Owen Alstott

The rest...

Sacred Heart Community Mass (First Friday)
Optional Memorial of Pope St. Sixtus II and His Companions

Friday, VIII-7, at 6 PM

Entrance hymn: For all the saints ("Sine Nomine")
Psalm 126: Those who sow in tears will reap rejoicing (Tone 8G)
Offertory hymn: Alleluia! sing to Jesus ("Hyfrydol")
Communion hymn: Panis Angelicus (Hungarian tune) (Listen)
Recessional hymn: By all your saints still striving ("St. Theodulph")
- Same tune as "All glory, laud, and honor", a Palm Sunday must-have, at least in the Ordinary Form.

Sunday XIX through the Year
Saturday, VIII-8, at 5 PM; Sunday, VIII-9, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: God of our fathers ("National Hymn") (Listen)
Psalm 85: Lord, let us see your kindness (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: O worship the King ("Hanover") (Listen)
Communion hymn: Adoro Te Devote (Mode V)
Meditation hymn: I sought the Lord ("Artavia") (Listen)
Recessional hymn: Battle Hymn of the Republic 

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Sunday XVIII of the Year

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

I inserted "listen links" on all the hymns, even those hymns familiar to Sacred Heart, for the benefit of any visitors and those not exposed to Catholic repertoire. :)

ORDINARY OF THE MASS: 
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (Listen) (PDF)
- Yes, my own Gloria setting made it out to St. Michael's Church in Stillwater, Minnesota! :)
Sanctus through Agnus: A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)

ALLELUIA: Owen Alstott

HYMNS, etc.
Entrance hymn: Alleluia! sing to Jesus! ("Hyfrydol") (Listen)
Psalm 145: R./ The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs (R./ Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB; V./ Pérè Joseph Gelineau, SJ)
Offertory hymn: Father, we thank thee who hast planted ("Rendez a Dieu") (Listen)
- The attributed composer, Louis Bourgeois, is also known for the very familiar "Old Hundredth", which is the tune used for "All people that on earth do dwell" and "Praise God, from whom all blessings flow".  Many of his tunes are part of the "Genevan Psalter", which dates back to the mid 1500's.
Music during Communion: 
- Responsory, Psalm 78: R./ You gave us bread from heaven, O Lord (BMP) (PDF)
- OR Hymn: Dear Lord and Father of mankind ("Repton")
- - The latter is composed by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, who gave us the music to last Sunday's recessional hymn, "O praise ye the Lord".
Meditation hymn: Pange Lingua (Chant, Mode III) (vv. 1-3) (Listen)
- While this hymn is always appropriate at Communion, it's good to note that it is also the assigned Proper on Holy Thursday, at the Solemn Translation of the Holy Eucharist (which concludes the Mass on that day).
Recessional hymn: Ye holy angels bright ("Darwall's 148th") (Listen)
- Same tune as "Rejoice, the Lord is King"

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Sunday XVII (and the forgotten Sunday XVI)

Sorry, folks.  Forgot all about posting last week's music here last week.  So, I'll post it at the end of this post for the sake of anyone who "missed me" last week (missed my posting, that is) and liked getting the particulars. ;)

One quick reminder when reading these lists:
If there are quotation marks containing the contents in parentheses, that's the "tune name".  If there are no quotation marks within the parentheses, it's the composer(s).

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: if sung, Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF); otherwise said.
Sanctus through Agnus Dei: A Community Mass (Richard Proulx)

ALLELUIA: Robert Twynham

THIS WEEKEND: Sunday XVII of the Year
Saturday, VII-25, and Sunday, VII-26

Entrance hymn: Christ for the world, we sing ("Italian Hymn") (Listen)
Psalm 119: Lord, I love your commands (Robert Batastini/Joseph Gelineau, SJ)
Offertory hymn: God, my King, thy might confessing ("Stuttgart") (Listen)
During Communion: Be thou my vision (Jean-Hubert Desrocquettes)
After Communion, hymn: O God, unseen yet ever near ("St. Flavian") (Listen)
Recessional hymn: O praise ye the Lord ("Laudate Dominum") (Listen)

LAST WEEKEND: Sunday XVI of the Year
(the forgotten list)
Saturday, VII-18, and Sunday, VII-19

Entrance hymn: Behold, a sower! from afar ("Weymouth")
Psalm 86: Lord, you are good and forgiving (BMP)
Offertory hymn: Come, ye thankful people, come ("St. George's Windsor")
During Communion: Ps. 51, Accept a sacrifice of justice, oblations and burnt offerings, placed upon your altar, O Lord (BMP, based in part on Parce Domine, Mode I)
After Communion, hymn: O Salutaris Hostia (Anthony Werner)
Recessional hymn: Soon may the last glad song arise ("Truro")
- Odd note about the actual credit on this last hymn: The text is attributed to a lady known only as "Mrs. Vokes", written in 1816.  I researched the daylights out of this, and came up empty.

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Sunday XV

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (Gloria), or said Gloria
A Community Mass (Richard Proulx) (Sanctus through Agnus Dei)

Alleluia: Robert Twynham

The rest:
Entrance hymn: Behold a sower! from afar ("Weymouth") (Listen)
Psalm 65: R./ The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest (Owen Alstott)
Offertory hymn: How firm a foundation ("Lyons") (Listen)
Communion responsory: Psalm 119, R./ He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him, says the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Come with us, O blessed Jesus ("Werde Munter") (Listen)
- Johann Sebastian Bach later took this tune and embellished the daylights out of it, the end result being the beloved anthem, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.
Recessional hymn: O Jesus, I have promised ("Day of Rest")

Prelude: improvised variations on "Werde Munter" (today's meditation hymn)
Postlude: improvisation based on two tunes: "Hanover" (O worship the King, which we've sung before) and "Lyons" (today's offertory hymn)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

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