Friday, May 14, 2021

THE NEXT TWO WEEKS and THE HYMNALS ARE BACK

As many may have noticed this week, our two hymnals have returned to the pews, thanks to our diocesan liturgical restrictions being pretty much lifted.  And some may have even read that Bishop Tobin has rescinded the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass as of the weekend of June 6, which is (appropriately enough), the Solemnity of the Most Body and Blood of Christ ("Corpus Christi").

As a result, the Mass guides have been reduced to the readings, the music to the Psalm, Alleluia, and Communion responsory, and the hymn titles and where you can find them in the hymnals.  I listed the hymn references in the Mass guides so that, just like we have with the full-blown Mass guides, the need to "announce" the hymns continues to be eliminated.  This keeps the Mass flowing more smoothly, and it seems that a number of people caught on nicely on Ascension Thursday, especially at the evening Mass.

We are in the process of getting missalettes.  The Ignatius Pew Missal will be our new missalette, and instead of three separate books each year, this is one missal for the entire year which contains the Order of Mass, the readings for the Sundays and Holy Days, the antiphons (Entrance, Responsorial Psalm, and Communion) for the weekday Masses, and over 200 hymns.  Once these come in, I'll only have to list the hymns and where to find them, the musical setting of the Psalm, Alleluia, and Communion responsory, and the page on which the readings will be found.  Yes, there are some hymns that we continue to blacklist (those hymns that don't fit the criteria of what is called for in the Church's liturgy documents), but the ratio of good hymns to bad songs is far better (about 80-90% good music in the Ignatius Pew Missal, compared to about 20-30% in the previous missalette, Today's Missal and its companion still found in many parishes, the Music Issue).  Overall, add on the savings of having one shipment per year instead of three, and this is a very pleasing improvement.

Our two hardbound hymnals, the red hymnal, Worship, and the maroon hymnal, The Hymnal, will continue, of course, to be the source of the bulk of our hymns.

That said, here is the music for the next two weekends.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:  Messa "Cristo Riscuciti" and adaptations thereof (Luigi Picchi)

Sunday VII of Easter
Saturday, V-15, at 5 PM; Sunday, V-16, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: Hail the day that sees him rise ("Llanfair"/Worship, #471)
Psalm 103: The Lord has set his throne in heaven (BMP, adapted from "Lauda Anima") (PDF)
- "Lauda Anima" is the tune used for a hymn we've sung numerous times, "Praise, my soul, the King of heaven".
Alleluia "O Filii et Filiae" (Mode II/BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: A hymn of glory let us sing ("Lasst uns Erfreuen"/Worship, #469)
- same tune as "Ye watchers and ye holy ones", which we sang last Sunday.
Communion responsory: Christus Vincit (BMP) (PDF)
- OR anthem: Ave Maria (Lorenzo Perosi)
Meditation hymn: Regina caeli (Mode VI/Worship, #443)
Recessional hymn: Hail, holy Queen enthroned above ("Salve Regina Caelitum"/Worship, #702)

The Solemnity of Pentecost (Whitsunday)
Saturday, V-22, at 5 PM; Sunday, V-23, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Our brass trio (two trumpets and horn) will join us for all Masses of Pentecost except the 7:30 AM Mass.

Entrance hymn: Come, holy Ghost ("Lambillotte"/Worship, #482)
Psalm 104: Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth (Owen Alstott)
Alleluia "O Filii et Filiae" (Mode II/BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Fire of God, undying flame ("Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland"/Worship, #474)
Communion motet: Veni, Creator Spiritus (Mode VIII/Oreste Ravanello)
- (7:30 responsory): All were filled with the Holy Spirit (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Regina caeli (Mode VI/Worship, #443)
Recessional hymn: Now thank we all our God ("Nun Danket"/Worship, #560)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, May 7, 2021

THE THREE-DAY WEEKEND PLUS ASCENSION

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:  Messa "Cristo Riscuciti" and adaptations thereof (Luigi Picchi)

The rest:

Sacred Heart Community Mass
Friday, V-7, at 6:00 PM

Entrance hymn: Crown him with many crowns ("Diademata")
Psalm 57: R./ I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia "O Filii et Filiae" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Hail the day that sees him rise ("Llanfair")
Communion responsory: Ubi caritas (Mode VI)
Meditation hymn: Regina caeli (Mode VI)
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning ("Cor Amoris")

The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Saturday, V-8, at 5:00 PM; Sunday, V-9, at 7:30, 9:00, and 11:15 AM

At the 7:30 Mass, the First Communion students will crown the Blessed Mother during the Entrance.

Entrance hymn:
(7:30) Hail, holy Queen enthroned above ("Salve, Regina Caelitum")
(all others) Jesus lives! thy terrors now ("St. Albinus")
Psalm 98: R./ The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power (Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB) (PDF)
Alleluia "O Filii et Filiae" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Ye watchers and ye holy ones ("Lasst uns Erfreuen")
Communion music:
- Responsory: Psalm 45, R./ I have chosen you from the world, alleluia (BMP) (PDF)
- or hymn: Daily, daily, sing to Mary/Omni die dic Mariae (German tune)
Meditation hymn: Lodate Maria (Italian)
Recessional hymn: Hail the day that sees him rise ("Llanfair")

The Ascension of the Lord (Holy Day of Obligation)
Thursday, V-13, at 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Entrance hymn: Hail the day that sees him rise ("Llanfair")
Psalm 47: R./ God mounts his throne to shouts of joy, a blare of trumpets for the Lord (Robert Twynham/Pére Joseph Gelineau, SJ)
Alleluia "O Filii et Filiae" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Crown him with many crowns ("Diademata")
Communion responsory:
- Psalm 34, R./ They shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover, alleluia (BMP) (PDF)
- or Psalm 93: R./ Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat (BMP) (PDF)
Meditation hymn: Regina caeli (Mode VI)
Recessional hymn: Go, make of all disciples ("Ellacombe")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, April 30, 2021

SUNDAY V OF PASCHALTIDE

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:  Messa "Cristo Riscuciti" and adaptations thereof (Luigi Picchi)

ALLELUIA "O Filii et Filiae" (Mode II, arr. BMP; versicle tone by BMP) (PDF)

The rest:

Entrance hymn: This joyful Eastertide ("Vreuchten")
Psalm 22: R./ I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people (Sam Schmitt) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Christ is alive ("Truro")
- NOTE: Same tune as "Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates"
Communion music:
Responsory: Psalm 80, R./ I am the true vine, you are the branches, alleluia (PDF)
or Motet: Regina caeli (Antonio Lotti)
Meditation hymn: Be joyful, Mary, heavenly Queen ("Regina caeli, jubila")
Recessional hymn: The strife is o'er ("Gelobt sei Gott")
- NOTE: Same tune as "Christ is the King"

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Saturday, April 24, 2021

SUNDAY IV OF PASCHALTIDE (Good Shepherd Sunday)

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:  Messa "Cristo Riscuciti" and adaptations thereof (Luigi Picchi)

ALLELUIA "O Filii et Filiae" (Mode II, arr. BMP; versicle tone by BMP) (PDF)

The rest:
Entrance hymn: At the Lamb's high feast we sing ("Salzburg")
Psalm 118: R./ The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: The King of love my shepherd is ("St. Columba")
Communion music:
- Responsory: R./ I am the good shepherd, alleluia w/Psalm 23 (BMP) (PDF)
- OR anthem: He shall feed his flock (G.F. Handel, from Messiah)
Meditation hymn: Savior, like a shepherd lead us ("Sicilian Mariners") (Listen)
- NOTE: You are most likely familiar with the Marian hymn "O Sanctissima".  The hymn we are singing this weekend is an altered form of that tune.
Recessional hymn: Crown him with many crowns ("Diademata")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, April 16, 2021

SUNDAY III OF PASCHALTIDE and a little primer on Latin (accents and pronunciations)

For those who follow (or at least try to follow) and sing the Latin sung Ordinary of the Mass, here's a quick ditty on syllables...

When setting the text to music, I follow what many of the older hymnals do (including chant books like the Liber Usualis, the Graduale Romanum, and the Gregorian Missal), that is, leaving an accent mark over the vowel of the accented syllable for words with three or more syllables.  One- and two-syllable words don't need said accent mark, obviously.  Two-syllable words are usually accented on the first syllable.  Words of three syllables or more, not always the case.  For example...

Benedíctus (as in "Benedictus qui venit", or "Blessed is he who comes") - note the accent is over the "i".  Might be hard to tell the accent over the dot if the font is small, but it is there.  Beh-neh-DEE-ctus.  (And note where the "c" is placed in the phonetic spelling, making the consonant cluster "ct" the beginning of the fourth syllable, unlike English, where the "c" would be at the beginning of the third.)

Laudámus (as in "Laudámus te", or "We praise you") - OK, you can see the accent more clearly over the "a", a non-dotted vowel.  Lau-DAH-mus.

Some other words that do use the first syllable for accent:

Dómine ("Lord") is one of those words - DOH-mee-meh, or more accurately, DAW-mee-neh.

To many, this may be useless trivia, but one may wonder, "You're using a computer.  How do you get the accent marks."  A few years back, I went into the abyss that is "Character map", found the accented vowels and wrote down (and eventually memorized, as well as Germanic umlauts) the five vowels in lower case with their accent marks, plus the "sometimes 'y'".  They go like this:

á = Hold the "Alt" key while typing "0225".
é = Hold the "Alt" key while typing "0233".
í = Hold the "Alt" key while typing "0237".
ó = Hold the "Alt" key while typing "0243".
ú = Hold the "Alt" key while typing "0250".
ý = Hold the "Alt" key while typing "0253".

Added bonus (albeit this pertains mainly to words in English):
è = (the accent down instead of up, which is often used for "Blessèd" when the two-syllable "Bless-èd" is intended, especially if not written under music, or to give certain past-tense verbs that extra syllable, as in traditional sung English) = Hold the "Alt" key while typing "0232".

In 2008, I did a two-part podcast series, and it still on YouTube to this day, regarding pronunciations.  Part 1 and Part 2.

And now, without further ado:

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:  Messa "Cristo Riscuciti" and adaptations thereof (Luigi Picchi)

ALLELUIA "O Filii et Filiae" (Mode II, arr. BMP; versicle tone by BMP) (PDF)

The rest:
Entrance hymn:  The strife is o'er ("Gelobt sei Gott")
- NOTE: This is not the typical tune for this hymn (the typical tune is "Victory"), but is an alternative tune - the same tune we use with "Christ is the King".  The St. Michael Hymnal (which is now nearing the release of its fifth edition, which I am looking forward to), uses both tunes.
Psalm 4: Lord, let your face shine on us (Sam Schmitt) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: Crown him with many crowns ("Diademata")
Communion music:
- responsory: O sing to the Lord, alleluia...(with Psalm 96) (Adam Bartlett)
- or motet: Cantáte Dómino cánticum novum (yes, I put the accent marks in for educational purposes; this, by the way, translates to "Sing to the Lord a new song", and also comes with passages from Psalm 96.) (music by Vincent d'Indy)
Meditation antiphon: Regína caeli (Mode VI)
Recessional hymn: This joyful Eastertide ("Vreuchten")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, April 9, 2021

Low Sunday, Quasimodo Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday (whatever ya wanna call it!) ;)

The Second Sunday of Easter, no matter which way you slice it.  Traditionally known as "Low Sunday" (to contrast with the high feast of Easter the Sunday before) or "Quasimodo Sunday" ("Quasimodo" is the first word of the Introit of the day in Latin which translates, "Like newborn babes, alleluia, crave for pure spiritual milk, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia"), this day is now "Divine Mercy Sunday", as declared by Pope John Paul II in 2000.  It seems fitting that the first versicle of the day's Responsorial Psalm triples down on the words "His mercy endures for ever."

Without further ado...

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:  Messa "Cristo Riscuciti" (Luigi Picchi)
- NOTE: The Memorial Acclamation (We proclaim your death, O Lord...) and Amen are adaptations thereof.  Since the Mass setting was written in 1948, there was no memorial acclamation at that time.  The memorial acclamation was a 1969 add-on in the "Novus Ordo", what is now known as the "Ordinary Form of the Mass".  So, to keep with the same setting, I simply adapted the acclamation and the amen (which was simply a single "amen" at that time) to passages from Picchi's Mass.

ALLELUIA "O Filii et Filiae" (Mode II, arr. BMP; versicle tone by BMP) (PDF)

The rest:
Entrance hymn: Jesus lives, thy terrors now ("St. Albinus") (Listen)
Psalm 118: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love is everlasting (Owen Alstott)
Offertory hymn: He is risen, he is risen ("Unser Herrscher") (Listen)
Communion responsory: O sons and daughters ("O Filii et Filiae", Mode II)
Meditation hymn: Christians, to the Paschal Victim (Mode I - Sequence of Easter)
Recessional hymn: Jesus Christ is ris'n today ("Easter Hymn")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Saturday, March 27, 2021

HOLY WEEK and EASTER

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Saturday, III-27 at 5 PM; Sunday, III-28, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance Antiphon:
- (7:30) Hosanna Filio David (Mode VII)
- (all others) Pueri Hebraeorum (from Six Palm Sunday Acclamations, Franz Schubert)
Processional hymn: All glory, laud, and honor ("St. Theodulph") (Listen)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
At the Death of the Lord (the "Kneel/Pause" part of the Passion) (except 7:30):
- Adoramus Te, Christe (from Seven Last Words of Christ, Theodore Dubois)
Offertory hymn: O sacred Head, surrounded ("Passion Chorale")
Sanctus:
- (7:30) Mass XVIII
- (all others): from Six Palm Sunday Acclamations (Franz Schubert)
Memorial Acclamation: Save us, Savior of the world (ICEL chant)
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII 
Agnus Dei: Mass XVIII
Communion:
- (7:30) Father, if this cup shall not pass away (BMP) (PDF)
- (all others): Vexilla Regis Prodeunt (Mode I/Fr. Carlo Rossini)
Recessional: To Jesus Christ, our Sov'reign King ("Ich Glaub an Gott")

Holy Thursday of the Supper of the Lord
Thursday, IV-1, at 7 PM

Entrance hymn: Lift high the cross ("Crucifer")
Gloria "Laus Tibi Christe" (Federico Caudana)
Psalm 116: Our blessing cup (BMP) (PDF)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Offertory hymn: At that first Eucharist ("Unde et Memores")
Sanctus: Mass XVIII
Memorial Acclamation: Save us, Savior of the world (ICEL chant)
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII 
Agnus Dei: Mass XVIII
Communion: Ave Verum (Lorenzo Perosi)
Solemn Translation of the Holy Eucharist: Pange Lingua (Mode III/BMP) (PDF)
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 PM.

Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord
Friday, IV-2, at 7 PM

Enter in silence
Psalm 31: Father, into your hands (Theodore Marier)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)
Music during the Adoration of the Holy Cross:
1. Vexilla Regis Prodeunt (Mode I/Fr. Carlo Rossini)
2. O sacred Head, surrounded ("Passion Chorale")
3. (at the throning of the Cross): Christ, Jesus Victor
Music during Communion:
1. Tantum Ergo (Oreste Ravanello)
2. Adoro Te, O Panis Caelice (Louvain)
3. Jesu, Salvator Noster (Fr. Carlo Rossini)
Meditation hymn: Abide with me ("Eventide")
Depart in silence

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night
Saturday, IV-3, at 7 PM

Enter in silence
Exsultet: chanted
Psalm 104: Lord, send out your Spirit (Owen Alstott)
Psalm 16: You are my inheritance, O Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Responsory (Exodus 15): Let us sing to the Lord... (Theodore Marier)
Gloria "Cristo Risusciti" (Luigi Picchi)
Alleluia "O Filii et Filiae" (BMP) (PDF)
Litany of saints: chanted
Rite of Sprinkling: Vidi Aquam (Nicola A. Montani)
Offertory hymn: The Day of Resurrection ("Ellacombe")
Sanctus through Agnus Dei: "Cristo Risusciti" (Luigi Picchi)
- NOTE:  The Memorial Acclamation and Amen are adaptations from the aforementioned Mass setting.
Communion motet: O sacrum Convivium (Roberto Remondi)
Meditation hymn: Regina Caeli (Mode VI)
Recessional hymn: Jesus Christ is risen today ("Easter Hymn")

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Sunday, IV-4, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: The Day of Resurrection ("Ellacombe")
Gloria "Cristo Risusciti" (Luigi Picchi)
Psalm 118: This is the day the Lord has made (Owen Alstott)
Sequence: Christians, to the Paschal Victim (Mode I)
Alleluia "O Filii et Filiae" (BMP) (PDF)
Rite of Sprinkling: Vidi Aquam (Nicola A. Montani)
Offertory hymn: That Easter Day with joy was bright ("Puer Nobis") (Listen)
Sanctus through Agnus Dei: "Cristo Risusciti" (Luigi Picchi)
- NOTE:  The Memorial Acclamation and Amen are adaptations from the aforementioned Mass setting.
Communion motet: O sacrum Convivium (Roberto Remondi)
Meditation hymn: Regina Caeli (Mode VI)
Recessional hymn: Jesus Christ is risen today ("Easter Hymn")

You will hear my usual closing words - "Quod scripsi, scripsi!", well, its translation, "What I have written, I have written!" - in the Good Friday Passion.  In John's account, the chief priests say to Pilate about his inscription on the Cross of Christ, "You should not have written 'The King of Jews', but 'He said: I am the King of the Jews'."  Pilate's answer: "What I have written, I have written!"

Blessed Passiontide and Paschaltide to all!

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, March 11, 2021

IV Lent, St. Joseph's Day, and V Lent (and of zeppole withdrawals and worship sheets)

Friday, March 19, is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  9:00 Mass that morning will be in the Church.  Sadly, with the distancing rules still in place, we can't have them in the hall this year.  But we can definitely come to Mass, honor the good saint who was the great protector of Mary and Jesus, then go out and bring some zeppoles home.  If anyone knows the best place to get them, please let me know.  I'm considering the Original Italian Bakery on Atwood Ave. near St. Rocco's, since I travel north to go home.

Also, starting this weekend, you will see the Mass guides in trifold form.  You can fit more content in them if needed, and although the font sizes are exactly the same as the previous format, the smaller pages make these fonts come out at you more.  They're not swimming in the paper like before.  So instead of four 8-1/2 x 11 pages, there are now six 5-2/3 x 11 pages.  Width-wise, the new pages are almost like that of a standard pew-edition hymnal (in which the pages are 6 x 9 usually).

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:

- Messa Popolare Laus Tibi Christe (Kyrie) (Sundays)
- Mass XVII (Sanctus and Agnus) (Sundays)
- Mass VIII (Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus) (St. Joseph's Day)
- Save us, Savior of the World (ICEL chant) (Memorial) (All Masses)
- Amen adapted from the Sanctus of Mass VIII (All Masses)

The rest:

Sunday IV of Lent (Laetare Sunday)
Saturday, III-13, at 5 PM; Sunday, III-14, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

We sing the praise of him who died ("Breslau") (Listen)
Psalm 137: Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you (BMP) (PDF)
Gospel Acclamation Vexilla Regis (BMP, based on Mode I) (PDF)
- NOTE: The PDF has "Third Week of Lent" as the header.  However, the versicle for this Sunday is the same as that of last Sunday, Year B ("God so loved the world...")
At the Name of Jesus
 ("King's Weston") (Listen)
- NOTE: The organ fanfare before the hymn is about a minute long in this listen link.
Communion music:
- Responsory, w/Psalm 122: Jerusalem, built as a city, bonded as one together (BMP) (PDF)
- or anthem: My song is love unknown (John Ireland)
Amazing Grace ("New Britain") (I don't think we need a listen link for this one) ;)
There is a green hill far away ("Horsley") (Listen)

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity
Friday, III-19, at 9 AM in the CHURCH

Joseph, be out guide and pattern ("Oriel")
Psalm 89: The Son of David will live for ever (BMP) 
Gospel Acclamation Vexilla Regis (BMP, based on Mode I) (PDF) (versicle 38 in the PDF link)
Come now, and praise the humble saint ("Land of Rest") (Listen)
Communion responsory: w/Psalm 27: Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business (PDF)
Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All ("Sweet Sacrament")
Holy Patron, thee saluting ("Pleading Savior") (same tune as Sing of Mary, pure and lowly)

Sunday V of Lent
Saturday, III-20, at 5 PM; Sunday, III-21, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

O Love, how deep, how broad, how high ("Deus Tuorum Militum") (Listen)
Psalm 51: Create a clean heart in me, O God (BMP, based on Parce Domine) (PDF)
Gospel Acclamation Vexilla Regis (BMP, based on Mode I) (PDF)
Abide with me ("Eventide") (Listen)
Communion music:
- Responsory, w/Psalm 17: Any man who serves me must follow me... (PDF)
- or anthem: My God, my Father, while I stray (Montani//Troyte)
Soul of my Savior ("Anima Christi") (Listen)
We sing the praise of him who died ("Breslau")

Holy Week music listings coming soon --- very soon!

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, March 5, 2021

The Three-Day Weekend

This First Friday will be two events back to back.  We will start with Stations of the Cross at 7 PM, immediately followed by the Liturgy of the Eucharist portion of our Sacred Heart Community Mass (that is, beginning with the Offertory).

That said:

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS (and Stations)

Stations of the Cross and Sacred Heart Community Mass
(Liturgy of the Eucharist/First Friday)
Friday, III-5, at 7 PM

Ordinary of the Mass:
- Mass XVIII (Sanctus and Agnus)
- Save us, Savior of the World (ICEL chant) (Memorial)
- Amen adapted from the Sanctus of Mass VIII

Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)

The rest:
Stations begins with two verses of the Stabat Mater in English, two verses before the first station, one verse after stations 1-6, two after station 7, one after verses 8-13, and two after station 14.

Offertory hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine 
Communion hymn: Let thy Blood in mercy poured ("Jesu, Meine Zuversicht")
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning ("Cor Amoris")

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

Ordinary of the Mass:
- Mass XVII (Sanctus and Agnus)
- Save us, Savior of the World (ICEL chant) (Memorial)
- Amen adapted from the Sanctus of Mass VIII

Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)

The rest:
Entrance hymn: Lord Christ, when first thou cam'st to men ("Mit Freuden Zart") (Listen)
Psalm 19: Lord, you have the words of everlasting life (Proulx/Gelineau)
Offertory hymn: When I survey the wondrous cross ("Rockingham")
Communion music:
- Responsory: Psalm 84: Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord (BMP) (PDF)
- or anthem: Jesu, Salvator Noster (Fr. Carlo Rossini)
Meditation hymn: Behold the Lamb of God ("Wigan") (Listen)
- The author: Matthew Bridges, who also gave us "Crown him with many crowns", the composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, who gave us the tune "Aurelia", most commonly used with "The Church's one foundation"
Recessional hymn: Jesus, lover of my soul ("Aberystwyth") (Listen)
- The key will be a whole step lower than that in the listen link.

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, February 26, 2021

II Lent

Some circuits refer to this Second Sunday of Lent as "Transfiguration Sunday", as the Gospel (in all three years of the liturgical cycle, this year according to St. Mark) depicts the story of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Kyrie: Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Caudana)
Sanctus and Agnus Dei XVII
Memorial Acclamation: Save us, Savior of the world... (ICEL chant)
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII

Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)

The rest:
We sing the praise of him who died ("Breslau") (Listen)
Psalm 116: I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living  (Sam Schmitt)
- NOTE: The melody of the response is very similar to that of last week's Psalm response.
O wondrous type, O vision fair ("Wareham") (Listen)
Communion music:
- Responsory: Psalm 45, Tell no one about the vision you have seen until the Son of Man has risen from the dead (BMP) (PDF)
- or Anthem: Fairest Lord Jesus ("Schönster Herr Jesu")
Let thy blood in mercy poured ("Jesu, Meine Zuversicht")
- NOTE: We sang this at Stations this past Friday.
There is a green hill far away ("Horsley") (Listen)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP
 

Friday, February 19, 2021

I Lent

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Kyrie: Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Caudana)
Sanctus and Agnus Dei XVII
Memorial Acclamation: Save us, Savior of the world... (ICEL chant)
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII

Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)

The rest:
Praise to the Holiest in the height ("Newman") (Listen)
Psalm 25: R./ Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant (Sam Schmitt) (PDF)
Lord, who throughout these forty days ("St. Flavian")
Communion music:
- Responsory: Psalm 91, R./ Upon his shoulders the Lord will shield you, and under his wings you will find refuge (BMP) (PDF)
- or Anthem: To you I lift my soul (Text: John Dunn, Tune: "Love Unknown", John Ireland)
When I survey the wondrous cross ("Rockingham")
Jesus, Name all names above ("St. Theoctistus") (Listen)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Past, Present, and Future

Mea maxima culpa!  I forgot to post last weekend's hymnody (including First Friday).  So, here we go...

The Past (First Friday/St. Agatha and Sunday V)
The Present (Sunday VI)
The Future (Ash Wednesday and Stations of the Cross)

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS (up through this coming weekend, Sunday VI):

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF) or said (omitted on First Friday)
Sanctus, Amen,and Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation: We proclaim your death... from Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)

ALLELUIA I for Ordinary Time (BMP) (First Friday and Sunday V)
ALLELUIA "Adoremus in Aeternum" (BMP) (Sunday VI) (PDF)

The rest...

Sacred Heart Community Mass (First Friday)
Memorial of St. Agatha

Friday, II-5, at 6 PM

O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine (traditional)
Psalm 31: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit (BMP)
In the cross of Christ I glory ("Charlestown")
Pange lingua gloriosi (Mode III)
Jesu, the Virgin's Son ("Wareham")

Sunday V through the Year
Saturday, II-6, at 5 PM; Sunday, II-7, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Fight the good fight ("Mendon")
Psalm 147: Praise the Lord who heals the brokenhearted (Sam Schmitt)
O Love, how deep, how broad, how high ("Deus Tuorum Militum")
Communion: Psalm 34: A power came out from him which healed them all (BMP)
Take my life and let it be ("Hollingside")
Jesus shall reign ("Duke Street")

Sunday VI through the Year
Saturday, II-13, at 5 PM; Sunday, II-14, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Ye watchers and ye holy ones ("Lasst uns Erfreuen")
Psalm 32: I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation (BMP) (PDF)
Tell out my soul ("Woodlands")
Communion: Psalm 78: They ate, and they were fully satisfied (BMP) (PDF)
I sought the Lord ("Artavia")
O praise ye the Lord ("Laudate Dominum")

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, II-17, at 9 AM, 12 Noon, and 7 PM

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:

Kyrie: Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe" (Caudana)
Sanctus and Agnus Dei XVIII
Memorial Acclamation: Save us, Savior of the world... (ICEL chant)
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII

Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (BMP) (PDF)

The rest:

Lord, who throughout these forty days ("St. Flavian")
Psalm 51: Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned (C. Alexander Peloquin)
Our Father, we have wandered ("Passion Chorale")
- NOTE: same tune as "O sacred Head, surrounded"
Attende, Domine (Mode V)
During the Imposition of Ashes: Parce Domine (setting by BMP or Fr. Carlo Rossini, depending on singers' availability)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, January 29, 2021

Sunday IV

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF) or said
Sanctus, Amen,and Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation: We proclaim your death... from Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)

ALLELUIA I for Ordinary TIme (BMP) (PDF)

Hymns, etc.:
All people that on earth do dwell ("Old Hundredth") (Listen)
- NOTE: The organ part may include pieces of "The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune", an arrangement of the above hymn by Ralph Vaughan Williams composed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II a long, long time ago.  I swear, she is to UK royalty as Betty White is to US comedy.  Anyhoo, the listen link given is to the complete arrangement by Vaughan Williams (who is about as much known as "RVW" as I am as "BMP" - tee hee!).
Psalm 95: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts (Owen Alstott)
Your hands, O Lord, in days of old ("Mozart") (Listen)
- NOTE: yes, attributed to the great Mozart himself, though the Christian Science Hymnal attributes the tune to Schubert!
Communion music:
Responsory: Psalm 31: Let your face shine down upon your servant (BMP)
or Motet: Cantate Domino canticum novum (Vincent d'Indy)
How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds ("St. Peter") (Listen)
Rejoice, the Lord is King ("Darwall's 148th") (Listen)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Sunday III

As you may have noticed last week, we switched to English Mass ordinary settings for this five week stretch, as we usually do during most of the season "through the year" (or as many call it, "Ordinary Time", which is really less ordinary than the phrase sounds).

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF) or said
Sanctus, Amen,and Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Owen Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation: We proclaim your death... from Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)

ALLELUIA I for Ordinary TIme (BMP) (PDF)

Hymns, etc.:
O love, how deep, how broad, how high ("Deus Tuorum Militum") (Listen)
Psalm 25: R./ Teach me your ways, O Lord (Sam Schmitt) (Listen)
Christ is made the sure foundation ("Westminster Abbey") (Listen)
- NOTE: I love the organist's intro in this listen link! :)  However, that church's hymnal dumbed down the text. :(
Communion music:
- Responsory: Psalm 34, R./ Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (PDF)
- OR Anthem: In thee is gladness ("In der ist Freude", Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi)
God, deigning man to be ("Little Cornard") (Listen)
For all the saints ("Sine Nomine") (Listen)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Sunday II through the Year (Domenica II per Annum)

Hymns are the same as last week, however, the Mass Ordinary, Psalm, Alleluia and Communion differ.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Gloria: Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF) or said
Sanctus, Amen,and Agnus Dei: Heritage Mass (Alstott)
Memorial Acclamation: We proclaim your death... from Holy Angels Mass (BMP) (PDF)

ALLELUIA I for Ordinary TIme (BMP) (PDF)

Hymns, etc.:
On Jordan's bank ("Winchester New")
Psalm 40: Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will (Richard Proulx/Joseph Gelineau, SJ)
Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding ("Merton")
Communion from Psalm 34: We have found the Messiah, the Christ (BMP) (PDF)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence ("Picardy") (organ accompaniment on verses 3 and 4 based in part on the famed arrangement by Gustav Holst)
Songs of thankfulness and praise ("Salzburg")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Saturday, January 9, 2021

The Baptism of the Lord

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Mass VIII OR Mass of the Shepherds (Yon) (depending on singer's availability)
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine
Dresden Amen

ALLELUIA Divinum Mysterium (BMP, adapted from Mode V) (PDF)

Hymns, etc.:
On Jordan's bank ("Winchester New")
Responsory from Isaiah 12: You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation (Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB)
Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding ("Merton")
Communion from Psalm 29: All who have been baptized in Christ, you have put on Christ, alleluia (BMP) (PDF)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence ("Picardy") (organ accompaniment on verses 3 and 4 based in part on the famed arrangement by Gustav Holst) (Listen) (Listen link is to the complete Holst arrangement.  Learned the tenor part at 11 years old and fell in love with the arrangement.  Very mysterious.)
Songs of thankfulness and praise ("Salzburg") (Listen)

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Thursday, December 31, 2020

More Past, Present, and Future...TWO Four-Day Weekends!

Last weekend (Christmas, updated list, and Holy Family, which I forgot to post last week, mea maxima culpa) and this weekend (Mary, Mother of God and Epiphany).

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Christmas - The Nativity of the Lord (updated)
Thursday, XII-24, at 5 and 10 PM; Friday, XII-25, at 9 and 11:15 AM

Ordinary of the Mass:
10:00 PM Mass only: Mass VIII
All other Masses: Mass of the Shepherds (Pietro Yon)

PRE-MASS (5:00 Christmas Eve and 11:15 Christmas Day):
1. Away in a Manger (William J. Kirkpatrick, arr. by David Willcocks)
2. Ninna Nanna di Natale (Traditional Italian)
3. Gaudete Christus est Natus (Piae Cantationes, 1582, arr. BMP)

Mass (ALL Masses):
Tu scendi dalle stelle (Traditional Italian: except 10:00)
O come, all ye faithful ("Adeste Fideles": ALL Masses)
Psalm 96: Today is born our Savior (Richard Proulx/Joseph Gelineau)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP, adapted from Mode V) (PDF)
Hark! the herald angels sing ("Mendelssohn")
Communion:
- (5:00, 9:00, 11:15): Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light (Johann Schop, arr. J.S. Bach)
- (10:00): The word of God became Man; we have seen his glory (Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB)
Silent Night ("Stille Nacht")
Joy to the world ("Antioch")

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Saturday, XII-26, at 5 PM; Sunday, XII-27, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Ordinary of the Mass: Mass VIII

Angels we have heard on high ("Gloria")
Psalm 105: The Lord remembers his covenant for ever (BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP, adapted from Mode V) (PDF)
Once in royal David's city ("Irby")
Communion: Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business? (BMP) (PDF)
What Child is this ("Greensleeves")
Hark! the herald angels sing ("Mendelssohn")

Mary, Mother of God
Thursday, XII-31-20 at 5 PM; Friday, I-1-21, at 9 and 11:15 AM

Ordinary of the Mass: Mass VIII

While shepherds watched their flocks by night ("Winchester Old")
Psalm 67: May God bless us in his mercy (Owen Alstott)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP, adapted from Mode V) (PDF)
The first Nowell (Traditional English)
Communion: Exult, O daughter of Sion (BMP) (PDF)
In the Bleak Midwinter ("Cranham")
O Mater Alma Providentiae (Rev. Norman LeBeouf, +1984, a priest of the Diocese of Providence)

The Epiphany of the Lord
Saturday, I-2, at 5 PM; Sunday, I-3, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Ordinary of the Mass:
7:30 PM Mass only: Mass VIII
All other Masses: Mass of the Shepherds (Pietro Yon)

O come, all ye faithful ("Adeste Fideles")
Psalm 72: Lord, ever nation on earth will adore you (BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP, adapted from Mode V) (PDF)
We three kings of Orient are ("Kings of Orient")
Communion:
- (5:00, 9:00, 11:15): Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light (Johann Schop, arr. J.S. Bach)
- (7:30): We have seen his star in the East, and have come with gifts to worship the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
As with gladness men of old ("Dix")
What star is this ("Puer Nobis")

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas season (ha! not too late, still in Christmas season until January 10, or for many others, February 2) and a blessed, prosperous, and HOPEFULLY IMPROVED New Year MMXXI.

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Past, Present, and Future

Following are the lists for the Third Sunday of Advent (which I forgot to post last week, mea maxima culpa), the Fourth Sunday of Advent (this coming weekend), and Christmas.

The Masses for Christmas Eve are at 5:00 and 10:00 PM.  The Masses for Christmas Day are at 9:00 and 11:15 AM.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
Advent:
Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei: Mass XVII
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine
Amen (adapted from Sanctus VIII)
Christmas:
Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei:
- (5:00 PM, 9:00 and 11:15 AM): Mass of the Shepherds (Pietro Yon)
- (10:00 PM): Mass VIII
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine
Dresden Amen

Hymns, etc.:

Third Sunday of Advent (last weekend)

Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding ("Merton")
Responsorial Psalm: My soul rejoices in my God (Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB)
Alleluia "Conditor Alme Siderum" (BMP, adapted from Mode IV)
On Jordan's bank ("Winchester New")
Communion: Magnificat (Tone VIII) (11:15: alternating tone by Ciro Grassi)
Hark! the glad sound ("Bristol")
O come, O come, Emmanuel ("Veni, Veni, Emmanuel"/Mode I)

Fourth Sunday of Advent (this weekend)

O come, O come, Emmanuel ("Veni, Veni, Emmanuel"/Mode I)
Psalm 89: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord (BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia "Conditor Alme Siderum" (BMP, adapted from Mode IV) (PDF)
Joseph dearest, Joseph mine ("Resonet in Laudibus") (Listen)
Communion: Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and his Name shall be callèd Emmanuel (BMP) (PDF)
Ave Maria (Mode I) (Listen)
O come, divine Messiah ("Venez, Divin Messie")

Christmas: The Nativity of the Lord

Pre-Mass (before the 5:00 Mass on Christmas Eve and the 11:15 Mass on Christmas Day):
1. Tu scendi dalle stelle (Traditional Italian)
2. Ninna Nanna di Natale (Traditional Italian)
3. Gaudete Christus est Natus (Piae Cantationes, 1582, arr. BMP)

Mass (ALL Masses):
O come, all ye faithful ("Adeste Fideles")
Psalm 96: Today is born our Savior (Richard Proulx/Joseph Gelineau)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (BMP, adapted from Mode V) (PDF)
Hark! the herald angels sing ("Mendelssohn")
Communion:
- (5:00, 9:00, 11:15): Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light (Johann Schop, arr. J.S. Bach)
- (10:00): The word of God became Man; we have seen his glory (Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB)
Silent Night ("Stille Nacht")
Joy to the world ("Antioch")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Friday, December 4, 2020

First Friday, II Advent, and Immaculate Conception

First Friday Sacred Heart Community Mass at 6 PM, Optional Memorial of St. John Damascene (known as some books as St. John of Damascus).  St. John of Damascus wrote a few hymns, some of which were in our maroon hymnal until they were pulled due to the pandemic.  The only reason we didn't program any for this Mass is that his hymn texts were all Easter-themed, including one we do each year, The Day of Resurrection, and we are currently in Advent.  So we went with Advent hymns, plus At the Name of Jesus, utilizing that final verse, "Brethren, this Lord Jesus shall return again..."

Tuesday, December 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation.  Of course, many bishops, including ours, have dispensed with the obligation to attend.  However, I still call it a "Holy Day of Obligation", as this "pandemic" has to end sometime, thus the dispensation will end, too.  Further, on this day, we honor Mary and her Immaculate Conception, as Mary, under the title, Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the United States of America.  So, this is really our national holyday.  Masses this day will be in the Church - 9 AM and 7 PM.

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

Sacred Heart Community Mass (First Friday)
Optional Memorial of St. John Damascene

Friday, XII-4, at 6 PM

Come, thou long-expected Jesus ("Stuttgart")
Kyrie XVI
Psalm 19: R./ Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life (BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia "Conditor Alme" (BMP, adapted from "Conditor Alme Siderum", Mode IV)
At the Name of Jesus ("King's Weston")
Sanctus XVIII
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine
Amen (adapted from Sanctus VIII)
Agnus Dei XVIII
Veni, veni, Emmanuel (Mode I) (O come, O come, Emmanuel, in the original Latin)
The King shall come ("St. Stephen")

Sunday II of Advent
Saturday, XII-5, at 5 PM; Sunday, XII-6, at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding ("Merton")
Kyrie XVII
Psalm 85: R./ Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation (BMP) (PDF)
Alleluia "Conditor Alme" (BMP, adapted from "Conditor Alme Siderum", Mode IV) (PDF)
On Jordan's bank ("Winchester New")
Sanctus XVII
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine
Amen (adapted from Sanctus VIII)
Agnus Dei XVII
Communion: Jerusalem, stand on the heights... (Fr. Samuel Weber)
Hark! the glad sound ("Bristol")
O come, O come, Emmanuel ("Veni, Veni, Emmanuel", Mode I)

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday, XII-8, at 9 AM and 7 PM

Immaculate Mary ("Lourdes Hymn")
Kyrie VIII
Psalm 96: R./ Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds (J. Robert Carroll and Pérè Joseph Gelineau, SJ)
Alleluia "Conditor Alme" (BMP, adapted from "Conditor Alme Siderum", Mode IV)
The angel Gabriel from heaven came ("Gabriel's Message")
Sanctus VIII
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine
Amen (adapted from Sanctus VIII)
Agnus Dei VIII
Communion: Glorious things of thee are spoken, O Mary (BMP)
Lo! how a rose e'er blooming ("Es ist Ein' Ros' Entsrpungen")
Tell out my soul ("Woodlands")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

I Advent

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS

ORDINARY OF THE MASS:
- Mass XVII (Sanctus and Agnus)
- Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine (Memorial Acclamation)
- Amen: adapted from the Sanctus of Mass VIII

Alleluia "Conditor Alme" (BMP, adapted from Conditor Alme Siderum, Mode IV) (PDF)

The rest:

Lo! he comes with clouds descending ("Helmsley")
Psalm 80: R./ Lord, make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved (Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB)
O come, O come, Emmanuel ("Veni, Veni, Emmanuel")
Communion: Psalm 85, R./ The Lord will shower his gifts, and our land will yield its fruits (Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB)
Come, thou long-expected Jesus ("Stuttgart")
The King shall come when morning dawns ("St. Stephen")

Quod scripsi, scripsi!
BMP