Wednesday, May 13, 2015


This Thursday (May 14) is the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a holy day of obligation.  Masses are at 9 AM and 7 PM.  There is no vigil Mass on Wednesday (May 13).

Further, at the 7 PM Mass, we will have two youngsters (both boys) receiving Holy Communion for the first time, AND the Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered to 16 candidates by the Most Reverend Robert C. Evans, Auxiliary Bishop of Providence.  Our brass trio will also be on hand.

On the most part, the music is the same for both Masses.  However, there will be some additions in the evening Mass.


All numbers given are in the red Worship hymnal.  Unless noted, selection is for both Masses.

Entrance hymn(s):
- At both Masses, Hail the day that sees him rise, #471.
- However, at the evening Mass, the above hymn will be preceded by Maximillian Stadler's setting of the Ecce Sacerdos (taken from the St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book), which is traditionally sung to welcome the Bishop.  This will be the first time that I've been able to use an Ecce Sacerdos, and was more than happy that Father Bucci suggested it.
- The Latin: Ecce sacerdos magnus, qui in diébus suis plácuit Deo: Ideo jure jurando fecit illum Dóminus crescere in plebem suam. Benedictiónem ómnium géntium dedit illi, et testaméntum suum confirmávit super caput ejus. Ideo jure jurando fecit illum Dóminus crescere in plebem suam. Gloria patri et filio et spiritui sancto...
- Translation: Behold a great priest who in his days pleased God: Therefore by an oath the Lord made him to increase among his people. To him He gave the blessing of all nations, and confirmed His covenant upon his head. Therefore by an oath the Lord made him to increase among his people. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Kyrie (sung at the evening Mass): Laus Tibi Christe, music by Federico Caudana
Gloria: Cristo Riscuciti, music by Luigi Picchi (the one we've been using all season)
Psalm 47: God mounts his throne to shouts of joy; a blare of trumpets for the Lord, music by Robert Kreutz (response) and Pére Joseph Gelineau, SJ (versicles)
Alleluia: O filii et filiae, chant, Mode II, adapted by yours truly
During the anointing of the Confirmation candidates: Veni, Creator Spiritus, #479
Offertory hymn: Crown him with many crowns, #496
Sanctus through Agnus Dei: same as we've been using all season (Picchi's Cristo Riscuciti Mass)

Communion anthem(s):
- Christus Vincit, music by yours truly (at both Masses)
- At the evening Mass, the above anthem will be preceded by Camille Saint-Saëns' setting of the Ave Verum, to accompany the Sacrament of Holy Communion being received by our two young boys for the first time.

Meditation hymn: Regina Caeli, #443 (English and Latin)
Recessional hymn: Go, make of all disciples, #628 (same tune as The Day of Resurrection)

Congratulations to our First Communion and Confirmation candidates of Sacred Heart Parish!