Thursday, December 27, 2012


of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

30 December 2012


All selections with numbers can be found in the Red "Worship" hymnal.

Entrance hymn: 382 While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Listen)

Gloria: Mass of the Shepherds by Pietro A. Yon (except 7:30) / Mass VIII, chant (7:30 only)
- Mass of the Shepherds is the sung Mass setting many at Sacred Heart heard at our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses.  The composer, Italian-born Pietro A. Yon, is best known for his Christmas composition Gesu Bambino, and was also organist at New York City's St. Patrick's Cathedral during the early part of the 20th century.  Intended mainly for choral singing, the congregation may also join in singing if they wish.

Responsorial Psalm: Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord, music by yours truly.  The people's response:

Alleluia: adapted by yours truly from a Mode V chant usually heard at Christmas called Divinum Mysterium, often found with the hymn Of the Father's Love Begotten (Worship hymnal, #398).  Those who came to Mass for Christmas will recognize this tune.

Offertory hymn: 408 The first Nowell

Sanctus: Mass of the Shepherds by Pietro A. Yon (except 7:30) / Mass XVIII, chant (7:30 only)
- Mass XVIII is the simple chant setting we use most often at Sacred Heart.  This, along with the Gloria from Mass VIII, the Mortem Tuam (see below), and other very commonly-used simpler Mass chants in Latin come from a collection called Jubilate Deo, which Pope Paul VI gave to all the parishes in 1974, in hopes that their flocks would get to know and sing readily certain simple Latin Mass chants.

Mysterium Fidei (the Mystery of Faith): Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine, chant
- The full text is as follows: Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine, et tuam resurrectionem confitemur, donec venias.  The translation is: We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your resurrection until you come again.  Those who watch the Mass on EWTN may hear this often. (Listen)

Amen: At all Masses except 7:30, the triple Amen that ends the Gloria from Mass of the Shepherds.  At the 7:30 Mass, the Dresden Amen (the short double Amen we used during Advent), as arranged by the late Theodore Marier (founder of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School at St. Paul's Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts).

Agnus DeiMass of the Shepherds by Pietro A. Yon (except 7:30) / Mass XVIII, chant (7:30 only)

Communion anthem: Of the Father's Love Begotten, chant (Listen)
- Though intended for choral singing, the congregation may follow in the Worship hymnal, #398

Meditation hymn: 375 See, amid the winter's snow (Listen)

Recessional hymn: 376 Angels we have heard on high