Friday, December 21, 2018

The Music of Christmas at Sacred Heart

Masses Christmas Eve (Monday) at 5 and 10 PM and Christmas Day (Tuesday) at 9 and 11:15 AM.  There will be a prelude of music by singers and brass approximately 15-20 minutes before each Mass.


1. Tu scendi dalle stelle (traditional Italian)
2. Break forth, O beauteous heav'nly light (Johann Schop, arr. Johann Sebastian Bach)
3. Gaudete, Christus est natus (Piae Cantationes, 1582, arr. BMP)
4. selected carols performed by brass
5. if time permits, organ improvisations on Christmas themes

Holy Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Mass of the Shepherds (Pietro Yon) (Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei)
- - Pietro Yon, longtime organist/choirmaster of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (in St. Louis, MO, of course), is well known for his Gesu Bambino, but he also gave us this gem, which we will be using for this, my eighth Christmas at Sacred Heart.
- Memorial Acclamation: Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine
- Amen: Dresden

Entrance hymn: O come, all ye faithful (Worship hymnal, #392, arr. David Willcocks)
- Verse 1 in Latin, followed by verses 1-4 in English)
Psalm 96: Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord (Richard Proulx/Père Joseph Gelineau, SJ)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Hark! the herald angels sing (Worship hymnal, #387, arr. David Willcocks)
Communion anthem: Hallelujah! (George Frederick Handel, from his most famous work, Messiah)
Meditation hymn: Silent night (Worship hymnal, #379)
Recessional hymn: Joy to the world (Worship hymnal, #399, verses 1, 2, 4)
Postlude: Angels we have heard on high (organ/brass)
- Organ improvisation: based on Louis-Claude Daquin's Noel Suisse

Merry Christmas and a Blessed MMXIX to all who read this!

Quod scripsi, scripsi!