Saturday, March 21, 2020

How Does a Laid-Off Organist Kill Time...

...besides potentially collecting unemployment pay?

I keep myself musically awake at all times.  Not only do I have to prepare for that day when the Bishop lifts the ban on public Masses and other celebrations within the church proper, I keep my composition skills awake as much as possible, too.  As some of you know, I'm in the midst of a large pet project.  It started out as Psalm 151, which was the Proper of the Mass set to music for Sundays and major feasts.  I've since been expanding it to The Christus Vincit Gradual, to also include weekdays (both ferial and sanctoral).  Some of the Responsorial Psalms and many of the Communion responsories you may have heard at Holy Mass at Sacred Heart are part of this ongoing project.

As I continue this project, I continue my prayers for the recovery of our fearless pastor, Father Bucci, for those suffering from the Corona Virus, and an eventual "return to normalcy", where one can once again go to Mass and get the full reception of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament, where one can once again go to a market and get the basic necessities in normal quantities and not have to worry about hoarders and black market salespeople snatching them all (toilet paper, particularly), and my return to full duty as your organist.  Most importantly, my prayers for you, the wonderful people at Sacred Heart, who, along with Father Bucci, have given me the best nine years of my church music career which spans well over 3-1/2 decades.

I'm proud to say my daughter Jessica has taken up poetry writing again, something she did very well when she was a teenager.  She asked me if I could set her most recent poem to music.  I sent her a sample of just myself on guitar.  She has more to add to the poem, but thus far, she likes what she's heard.  This is our first father/daughter musical venture.

FINALLY, I'm considering doing a video of the Stations of the Cross and possibly a Tuesday evening posting thereof onto the parish Facebook page, as well as my own Facebook page.  I have to find my home copy of the booklet - the same one we use at Sacred Heart.  Something to turn to on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons in lieu of being able to physically be present there.  I obviously can't do Holy Communion (I'm not a priest, nor a trained extraordinary minister of Holy Communion).

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

III, IV, and V Lent, and St. Joseph Day

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Kyrie: recited or Laus Tibi Christe (Federico Caudana)
Gloria: recited or Mass VIII (St. Joseph Day ONLY; omitted on all other dates listed here)
The Credo will be RECITED for the time being
Sanctus and Agnus Dei: Mass VIII on St. Joseph Day; Mass XVII on the Sundays; Mass XVIII on First Friday
Memorial Acclamation: Save us, savior of the world (missalette, #12, page 93)
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII

Third Sunday of Lent
Saturday, III-14, at 5 PM; Sunday, III-15, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the height (Maroon hymnal, #342, first tune)
Psalm 95: R./ If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts (missalette, page 72)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: I heard the voice of Jesus say (Worship hymnal, #607)
Communion music:
- (11:15) My God, my Father, while I stray (Montani/Troyte)
- (all others) R./ He who drinks the water I shall give shall have a well within him springing unto eternal life, says the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: Jesus, Name all names above (Maroon hymnal, #342)

St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday, III-19, at 9 AM, followed by ZEPPOLES!

Entrance hymn: Joseph, be our guide and pattern (Worship hymnal, #693)
Psalm 89: R./ The Son of David will live for ever (BMP) (PDF)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Come now and praise the humble saint (Worship hymnal, #694)
Communion responsory: Psalm 27, R./ Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: Holy Patron, thee saluting (missalete, #106)

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)
Saturday, III-21, at 5 PM; Sunday, III-22, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: God, whose almighty word (Worship hymnal, #486)
Psalm 23: R./ The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want (Alstott)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: The King of love my shepherd is (Worship hymnal, #609)
Communion music:
- (11:15) Jesu, salvator noster (Rossini)
- (all others) R./ Psalm 27. I began to see, and I put my faith in God (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: Your hands, O Lord, in days of old (Worship hymnal, #750)

Fifth Sunday of Lent
Saturday, III-28, at 5 PM; Sunday, III-29, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: When I survey the wondrous cross (Maroon hymnal, #337)
Psalm 130: R./ With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption (Schmitt) (PDF)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Abide with me (Maroon hymnal, #467)
Communion music:
- (11:15) We give immortal praise (Watts/"Love Unknown")
- (all others) Psalm 130, R./ Out he came, hands and feet bound, he who had been dead four days (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: There is a green hill far away (Maroon hymnal, #65, first tune)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Three-Day Weekend

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Sacred Heart Community Mass (First Friday)
Friday, III-5, at 6 PM

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine (on sheets provided)
Kyrie "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana)
Psalm 130: R./ If you, O Lord, should mark our sins, Lord, who would survive (Worship hymnal, #71, antiphon II)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Lord, who throughout these forty days (Maroon hymnal, #59)
Sanctus and Agnus Dei: Mass XVIII
Memorial: Save us, Savior of the world (ICEL chant)
Amen: adapted from the Sanctus of Mass VIII
Communion responsory: Attende, Domine (Worship hymnal, #414, in Latin)
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning (on sheets provided)

Second Sunday of Lent
Saturday, III-6, 5 PM; Sunday, III-7, 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: The glory of these forty days (Maroon hymnal, #61)
Kyrie "Laus Tibi Christe" (Caudana)
Psalm 33: R./ Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you (Worship hymnal, #790)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Credo III in English (on laminated cards in pew rack) - Click here to listen
Offertory hymn: O wondrous type, O vision fair (Maroon hymnal, #119)
Sanctus and Agnus Dei: Mass XVII
Memorial: Save us, Savior of the world (ICEL chant)
Amen: adapted from the Sanctus of Mass VIII
Communion music:
- (11:15) Fairest Lord Jesus (Maroon hymnal, #346, first tune)
- (all others) Psalm 27, R./ Tell no one about the vision you have seen until the Son of Man has risen from the dead (BMP) (PDF)
Recessional hymn: O God, unseen, yet ever near (Maroon hymnal, #198, first tune)
- NOTE: This is the same tune as the very familiar "Lord, who throughout these forty days", which we sang Last Sunday.

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, February 28, 2020

I Lent and Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

As per custom, Stations of the Cross is held on Fridays during Lent and Holy Week at 12:05 PM in the Chapel, and on Tuesdays during Lent and Holy Week at 7:00 PM in the Church.  The Tuesday Stations of the Cross contains music accompanied by the organ.

At the entrance, and at each station we sing selected verses of the Stabat Mater (At the Cross Her Station Keeping) in English, as given in the booklet provided.
Holy Communion is also included in the Stations.
We chant the Agnus Dei from Mass XVIII (the simple chant).
During Communion, we alternate by week:
Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All (Worship hymnal, #488) (on Weeks I, III, and V of Lent)
Let thy Blood in mercy poured (Maroon hymnal, #190) (on Weeks II and IV of Lent and in Holy Week)
The recessional hymn is Lift High the Cross (Worship hymnal, #704)

First Sunday of Lent

The 5:00 PM Saturday Mass and the 7:30 and 9:00 AM Masses are in the Ordinary Form.  The 11:15 AM this weekend will be the Anglican Use Mass.  Traditional Mass texts, but in English (though some sung Ordinary in Latin).

Also, beginning with this weekend, the Creed (I believe in one God...) will be chanted in English at all Masses (except 7:30 AM).  Music is on laminated cards in the pew rack.  Click here to listen.  This music will also be played as the prelude before all Masses this weekend.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary of the Mass:
- Asperges Me (Mode VII) (11:15)
- Kyrie: Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana) (all Masses)
- Credo III in English (all Masses) (on laminated cards in the pew rack)
- Sanctus and Agnus Dei: Mass XVII (all Masses)
- Memorial Acclamation: Save us, Savior of the world... (#12 on page 93 in missalette)
- Amen: adapted from the Sanctus of Mass VIII 

Proper of the Mass:
- (Ordinary Form 5 PM Sat., 7:30 and 9 AM Sun.)
- - Psalm 51: R./ Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned (Worship hymnal, #1091)
- - - (This setting was written by C. Alexander Peloquin, who was the music director at Providence's Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, 1950-1990.)
- - Gospel Acclamation Vexilla Regis (BMP) (PDF)

- (Anglican Use 11:15 AM Sun.)
- - Introit, Gradual, Tract, Offertory, and Communion from the Anglican Use Gradual.

Hymns, etc.
Entrance: Lord, who throughout these forty days (Maroon hymnal, #59)
Offertory: The glory of these forty days (Maroon hymnal, #61) (At 11:15, this is after the proper)
Communion:
- (11:15, after the proper): Parce Domine (Fr. Carlo Rossini)
- (all other Masses): Parce Domine (Mode I/BMP) (PDF)
Meditation: When I survey the wondrous cross (Maroon hymnal, #337)
Recessional: Forty days and forty nights (Maroon hymnal, #55)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sunday VII and Ash Wednesday, plus a sung Creed!

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Sunday VII through the Year
Saturday, II-22, at 5 PM; Sunday, II-23, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)
Sanctus/Agnus: Mass for Christian Unity (Jan Vermulst)
Memorial: We proclaim your death... (Holy Angels Mass/BMP) (PDF)
Dresden Amen

Alleluia: Marier

Entrance hymn: Father, we thank thee who hast planted (Worship hymnal, #558)
Psalm 103: R./ The Lord is kind and merciful (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Love divine, all loves excelling (Worship hymnal, #588)
Communion music:
- (11:15): Fairest Lord Jesus (Maroon hymnal, #346, first tune)
- (all others): Psalm 9, R./ I will sing to your Name, O Most High (Bartlett)
Meditation hymn: What wondrous love is this (Worship hymnal, #600)
Recessional hymn: Christ is the King (Worship hymnal, #500)

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, II-26, at 9 AM and 7 PM

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Kyrie: Messa Popolare Laus Tibi Christe (Federico Caudana)
Sanctus Agnus: Mass XVIII
Memorial: Save us, Savior of the world... (ICEL chant)
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII

Entrance hymn: Lord, who throughout these forty days (Maroon hymnal, #59)
Psalm 51: R./ Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned (Worship hymnal, #1091)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Our Father, we have wandered (Worship hymnal, #755)
Communion responsory: Attende, Domine (Worship hymnal, #414)
Imposition of Ashes: Parce, Domine (Mode I/BMP or Rossini)

Coming soon: Sung Creed
Beginning on the weekend of February 29/March 1 (First Sunday of Lent): a sung setting of the Creed in ENGLISH.  Click here to listen.  Readers here will be the first to learn it.

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Sunday VI

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)
Sanctus/Agnus: Mass for Christian Unity (Jan Vermulst)
Memorial: We proclaim your death... (Holy Angels Mass/BMP) (PDF)
Dresden Amen

Alleluia: Theodore Marier

The rest:
Entrance hymn: We sing the praise of him who died (Maroon hymnal, #340)
Psalm 119: R./ Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord (Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB)
Offertory hymn: Jesus, Lover of my soul (Maroon hymnal, #415, first tune)
Communion music:
- (11:15) Pange Lingua (alternating between Mode III, found in the Worship hymnal at #813, and an original setting)
- (all others) Psalm 78, R./ They ate, and they were fully satisfied (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: I sought the Lord (Maroon hymnal, #405)
Recessional hymn: Sing praise to the Lord (Worship hymnal, #539)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Three-Day Weekend

Sorry so late.  Mea culpa!

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Ordinary:
Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (Gl/Mem)
Mass for Christian Unity (Jan Vermulst) (Sa/Ag)
Dresden Amen

Alleluia: Theodore Marier

The rest:

First Friday (Sacred Heart Community Mass)
Friday, II-7, at 6 PM

Entrance: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine
Psalm 18: R./ Blessed be God, my salvation (Tone 8G)
Offertory: Cor dulce, Cor amabile
Communion: Panis Angelicus (Cesar Franck)
Recessional: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning

My apologies for forgetting to put the Sacred Heart hymn sheets out this evening.  By the time I realized it, I had already started the entrance hymn.  Most of you regulars know the refrains on these anyways. ;)

Sunday V of the Year
Saturday, II-8, at 5 PM; Sunday, II-9, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance: When morning gilds the skies (Maroon hymnal, #367)
Psalm 112: R./ The just man is a light in darkness to the upright (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory: O Jesus, I have promised (Maroon hymnal, #570, second tune)
Communion:
- (11:15) Laudate Dominum (Giuseppe Pitoni)
- (all others) Ps. 42, R./ I will go to the altar of God; praise the God of my joy (Worship hymnal, #38, antiphon I)
Meditation: Blest are the pure in heart (Maroon hymnal, #418)
Recessional: O worship the King (Maroon hymnal, #288)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Presentation of the Lord

Since the date of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2) falls on a Sunday this year, it pre-empts the Fourth Sunday through the Year.

The 11:15 Mass this Sunday will be the traditional Anglican Use Mass.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

HYMNODY for ALL Masses:
Procession: Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates (Maroon hymnal, #484)
Offertory: Hail to the Lord who comes (Maroon hymnal, #115)
Meditation: In his temple now behold him (Missalette, #126)
Recessional: O Sion, open wide thy gates (Maroon hymnal, #116)

ORDINARY of the Mass:
(Saturday 5:00 PM; Sunday 7:30 and 9:00 AM)
- Mass VIII (Gloria/Sanctus/Agnus Dei)
- Memorial Acclamation: Mortem tuam... (from Jubilate Deo)
- Amen: Dresden
(Sunday 11:15 AM)
- Asperges Me: Mode VII
- Mass of the Shepherds (Pietro Yon) (Kyrie/Gloria/Sanctus/Agnus Dei)
- Credo III

PROPER of the Mass:
(Saturday 5:00 PM; Sunday 7:30 and 9:00 AM)
- Entrance Antiphon: The Lord will come to us with mighty power... (Worship hymnal, #1023)
- Responsorial Psalm: Who is this King of glory? It is the Lord! (Jon Laird)
- Alleluia: Theodore Marier
(Sunday 11:15 AM)
- Entrance Antiphon, Blessing of the Candles, Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, and Communion are all taken from the Anglican Use Gradual.

COMMUNION MUSIC:
(Saturday 5:00 PM; Sunday 7:30 and 9:00 AM)
- Responsory: Guard us, O Lord, while we sleep, and keep us in peace (Nunc Dimittis) (Worship hymnal, #90)
(Sunday 11:15 AM)
- Anthem: Alma Redemptoris Mater (Samuel Webbe)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sunday III

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)
Sanctus/Agnus: Mass for Christian Unity (Jan Martin Vermulst)
Memorial: We proclaim your death... (Holy Angels Mass/BMP) (PDF)
Dresden Amen

Alleluia: Theodore Marier

The rest:
Entrance hymn: To the Name of our salvation (Maroon hymnal, #326)
Psalm 27: R./ The Lord is my light and my salvation (Worship hymnal, #871)
Offertory hymn: Go, make of all disciples (Worship hymnal, #628)
Communion music:
(11:15): Cantate Domino canticum novum (Vincent d'Indy)
(all others): Psalm 34: R./ Look toward the Lord and be radiant, let your faces not be abashed. (Adam Bartlett)
Meditation hymn: I sought the Lord (Maroon hymnal, #405)
Recessional hymn: Ye holy angels bright (Maroon hymnal, #600)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, January 17, 2020

Sunday II through the Year

Dominica II per Annum = Sunday II THROUGH the Year. ;)
Think Per ipsum... (Through him...)

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: recited or Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)
Sanctus/Agnus: Mass for Christian Unity (Jan Martin Vermulst)
Memorial: We proclaim your death... (Holy Angels Mass/BMP) (PDF)
Dresden Amen

Alleluia: Theodore Marier

The rest:
Entrance hymn: On Jordan's Bank (Maroon hymnal, #10)
Psalm 40: R./ Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will (Proulx/Gelineau) (Worship hymnal, #868)
Offertory hymn: Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding (Maroon hymnal, #9)
Communion music:
- Psalm 20: R./ We shall rejoice in your salvation (BMP) (PDF)
- (11:15) In thee is gladness (Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi)
Meditation hymn: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All (Worship hymnal, #488)
Recessional hymn: Songs of thankfulness and praise (Maroon hymnal, #53)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Baptism of the Lord

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Mass VIII (Gl/Sa/Ag)
- (11:15) Mass of the Shepherds (Gl/Sa/Ag)
Mortem tuam...
Dresden Amen

The rest:
Entrance hymn: On Jordan's Bank (Maroon hymnal, #10)
Psalm 29: R./ The Lord will bless his people with peace (Gregory Evans) (PDF)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding (Maroon hymnal, #9)
Communion music:
- Psalm 29: R./ All who have been baptized in Christ, you have put on Christ, alleluia (BMP) (PDF)
- (11:15) Blest be the God of Israel (Worship hymnal, #6)
Meditation hymn: Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Maroon hymnal, #197)
Recessional hymn: Songs of thankfulness and praise (Maroon hymnal, #53)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, January 3, 2020

An Action Packed Three-Day Weekend

Sorry so late.  Been a busy little bee.  This is an action-packed weekend in which we have:
- First Friday Mass (Optional Memorial of the Holy Name of Jesus)
- Epiphany (Four ordinary form Masses, three of them with brass, and one extraordinary form Mass).

Starting with this Sunday, we are celebrating Mass in the Extraordinary Form, that is, the Traditional Latin Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962, on the first Sunday of each month at 12:30 PM.  What makes these really special is that the first three of four "first Sundays" are:
- January 5: External solemnity of the Epiphany (the traditional calendar sets Epiphany on the fixed date of January 6, but can be celebrated as an external solemnity on Sunday)
- February 2: The Purification of Mary (name changed to "Presentation of the Lord" in the modern liturgical calendar, but the Roman Gradual propers are pretty much the same)
- April 5: Palm Sunday
March 1, the First Sunday of Lent, is the only numbered Sunday of any season in this four-month span.

So, without further ado...

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

First Friday (Sacred Heart Community Mass)
The Holy Name of Jesus (Optional Memorial)
Friday, I-3, at 6 PM

Ordinary: Mass VIII
- Mortem Tuam
- Dresden Amen

Entrance hymn: At the Name of Jesus (Worship hymnal, #499)
Psalm 8: R./ How great is your Name, O Lord, our God, through all the earth (Murray/Gelineau)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium", with versicle for January 3
Offertory hymn: Christians, sound the Name that saved us (on sheets provided)
Communion hymn: Puer Natus in Bethlehem (Mode I)
Recessional hymn: Hark! the herald angels sing (Worship hymnal, #387)

The Epiphany of the Lord (Ordinary Form)
Saturday, I-4, at 5 PM; Sunday, I-5, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Brass trio at all Masses except 7:30 AM.

Ordinary: Mass VIII (7:30); Mass of the Shepherds (Yon) (all others)
- Mortem Tuam
- Dresden Amen

Entrance hymn: O come, all ye faithful (Maroon hymnal, #12, vv. 1, 2, 3, 6)
Psalm 72: R./ Lord, every nation on earth will adore you (BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: We three kings of Orient are (Maroon hymnal, #51)
Communion music:
- (7:30) R./ We have seen his star in the East and have come with gifts to worship the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
- (all others) Tollite Hostias (Saint-Saëns)
Meditation hymn: As with gladness men of old (Maroon hymnal, #52)
Recessional hymn: What star is this with beams so bright (Maroon hymnal, #47)

The Epiphany of the Lord (Extraordinary Form/External Solemnity)
Sunday, I-5, at 12:30 PM

Solemn High Mass

Ordinary: Mass of the Shepherds (Yon)
- Asperges Me (Mode VII)
- Credo III

Proper of the Mass settings by A. Edmonds Tozer

Entrance hymn: We three kings of Orient are (Worship hymnal, #406)
Offertory hymn: Adeste Fideles (Worship hymnal, #392, Latin verses)
Communion motet: Tollite Hostias (Saint-Saëns)
Recessional hymn: What star is this with beams so bright (Worship hymnal, #407)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP