Thursday, September 4, 2014



This weekend, we debut a new Mass Ordinary, Holy Angels Mass, an original setting I wrote in 2010.  We have used the Gloria in some Masses in July and August.  This weekend, we start the Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation C (Save Us, Savior of the world), and Agnus Dei from that same Mass.  The music to these will be found on laminated cards in the pew rack.  I will go over these briefly with you before Mass begins this weekend.

The music of this Mass (which is in English, by the way) is based mainly on the chant setting that is Mass VIII (Missa de Angelis), the second most familiar of the Gregorian Masses these days (second only to the simpler Mass XVIII in its two versions (Missa per Feriis Adventus et Quadragesimae and Missa Pro Defunctis, that is, Mass for Weekdays of Advent and Lent and Mass for the Dead, respectively).  Rhythmically, it has a flavor that resembles the two familiar Masses of the late Jan Vermulst (Mass of Christian Unity and People's Mass), both of which we've sung here for quite some time, during my time here, the time of my esteemed predecessor Dave Sylvestre, and I'm sure many organists before him as well.

The Memorial Acclamation Save us, Savior of the world, is sung to a tune similar to the acclamation We proclaim your death, O Lord, which we did in July and August, its melody based on the chant Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine.

The Amen (often referred to as the "Great Amen") we are using (also on the laminated cards) is not of this Mass setting (I did not write one for this setting).  It is the Dresden Amen, which we have sung here before.  While most Amens we use are triple Amens, this one is a double Amen which begins with the chant "A-men___" then goes to a grand "fortissimo" finish!


Sung Ordinary of the Mass: Holy Angels Mass, music by yours truly, as described above, plus the Dresden Amen, not written by yours truly.
Alleluia (before the Gospel): music by Robert Twynham (you'll recognize it upon intonation)

(First Friday) IX-5 at 6 PM

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine (on sheets)
Psalm 37: The salvation of the just comes from the Lord, using Psalm Tone 8G
Offertory anthem: Cor Jesu Trinitatis, tune: "Gott soll Gepriesen" 
Communion anthem: Panis Angelicus, Hungarian tune from the Pius X Hymnal 
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning (on sheets)


Numbers given are in the red Worship hymnal.

Entrance hymn: All people that on earth do dwell, #669
- Same tune as the familiar Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.  May include some fanfares which come from an arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams known as The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune, which he wrote for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England.  Vaughan Williams described this setting (which, in some instances, called for "all available trumpets") as "a mess-up of Old Hundredth".

Psalm 95: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts, music by Owen Alstott (as written in the missalette within the readings of September 7)

Offertory hymn: Praise the Lord, you heav'ns, adore him, #529
- Could not find a "listen link" to give you for this one.  Sorry.  I tried.

Communion anthem: Ubi Caritas, Chant, Mode VI, #598
- You may join in the antiphon Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est (Where there is charity and love, God is there), if you wish.

Meditation hymn: To Christ, the Prince of Peace, #491 (Listen)

Recessional hymn: Jesus shall reign wheree'er the sun, #492 (Listen)