Thursday, February 28, 2013


First Friday - III-1-13 at 6:30 PM (not the usual 6 PM)

This Mass will have a combination of Sacred Heart and Lenten seasonal music.  Music for the entrance and recessional hymns will be on sheets that will be placed at the edge of the pews (closest to center aisle).

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine

Kyrie (if sung): Laus Tibi Christe (our regular Kyrie during Lent)

Responsorial Psalm: Remember the marvels the Lord has done, sung to Psalm Tone 2D
- words in missalette in the daily Mass section under March 1.

Gospel Acclamation: same as on the Sundays of Lent

Offertory hymn: Worship 414 Attende, Domine (We sang this on Ash Wednesday)

Ordinary of the Mass: same as on the Sundays of Lent

Communion anthem: Panis Angelicus (Hungarian tune)

Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning

Third Sunday of Lent - III-3-13

All numbers here are found in the Maroon hymnal, except where noted.

Entrance hymn: 59 Lord, who throughout these forty days
- (We sang this on Ash Wednesday and on the First Sunday of Lent)

Kyrie: same as previous two Sundays

Responsorial Psalm: The Lord is kind and merciful, music by David Haas and Joseph Gelineau, SJ.  (Can be found in Worship, #795)

Gospel Acclamation: same as previous two Sundays

Offertory hymn: 337 When I survey the wondrous cross (Listen)

Ordinary of the Mass: same as previous two Sundays

Communion anthem: Jesu, Salvator noster, music by Carlo Rossini

Meditation hymn: 190 Let thy blood in mercy poured (Listen)

Recessional hymn: 65 (First tune) There is a green hill far away (Listen)


Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Ah yes, the day we hear the Gospel reading of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ.


All numbers refer to the Maroon hymnal.

Entrance hymn: 343 (First Tune) Praise to the Holiest in the height (Listen)

Kyrie: Messa Popolare "Laus Tibi Christe", music by Federico Caudana
- sung at Masses celebrated by Father Bucci

Responsorial Psalm: The Lord is my light and my salvation, music by Richard Proulx (antiphon) and Joseph Gelineau, SJ (verses) (can be found in Worship at #792)

Gospel Acclamation: same as Ash Wednesday

Offertory hymn: 61 The glory of these forty days (Listen)
- Organist in the video linked here is a good friend of mine, Ryan Lynch, who frequented some of the same church music message boards I did at one point.  He has since moved from the Boston area to Chicagoland to take on a much better parish position there.

Sung Mass (Sanctus through Agnus Dei): same as Ash Wednesday

Communion anthem: Ave Verum, music by Lorenzo Perosi
- By the way, stay tuned for a beautiful new (new to you, that is) Ave Verum we will be learning for Holy Week by Camille Saint-Saƫns!

Meditation hymn: 414 O for a heart to praise my God (Listen)

Recessional hymn: 55 Forty days and forty nights (short simple tune!) (Listen)


Saturday, February 16, 2013




All numbers are found in the Maroon hymnal, except where noted.

Entrance hymn: 59 Lord, who throughout these forty days (our entrance from Ash Wednesday)

Kyrie: Messa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe", music by Federico Caudana.
- We used this last year during Lent, and will continue this practice this year as well, at the very least, during Masses celebrated by Father Bucci.

There is NO Gloria during Lent, except during solemnities (e.g., St. Joseph, March 19)

Responsorial Psalm: Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble, music by Alexander Peloquin (refrain) and Joseph Gelineau, SJ (verses).  You can find this in Worship at #789.

Gospel Acclamation: Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, same as Ash Wednesday.

Offertory hymn: 415 (First Tune) Jesus, lover of my soul (Listen)
- This hymn is equally ideal for funeral Masses, and I have used it quite a few times at funerals at Sacred Heart.

Sanctus through Agnus Dei: same as Ash Wednesday.

Communion anthem: My song is love unknown, music by John Ireland.
- Though we are singing this as an anthem, you may still follow along in Worship, #439.

Meditation hymn: 438 (First Tune) I need thee every hour (Listen)

Recessional hymn: 342 Jesus, Name all names above (Listen)
- The link only plays about half the hymn, but I'm sure most have heard/sung this before.  This hymn has become a favorite of mine since first hearing it from my predecessor (and good friend), Dave Sylvester.


Sunday, February 10, 2013


II-13-13; Masses at 9 AM, 12 Noon, and 6:30 PM


Entrance hymn: MAROON 59 Lord, who throughout these forty days (Listen)
- Short, sweet, and very familiar Lenten staple

Responsorial Psalm: WORSHIP 1091 Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned
- Music by Providence's own Alexander Peloquin (late great music director emeritus of the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul; Side note: I got written up for five minutes overtime parking when I attended Alex's funeral in 1997!  Mea maxima culpa!)

Gospel Acclamation: Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, music by yours truly, adapted from the Mode I chant Vexilla Regis Prodeunt (The Royal Banners Forward Go).  We did this setting last year as well.

Offertory hymn: WORSHIP 755 Our Father, we have wandered (Listen)
- The same tune as the famed "Passion Chorale" (O sacred Head, surrounded in the Worship hymnal; O sacred Head, sore wounded in the Maroon hymnal), harmony by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Ordinary of the Mass (Sanctus through Agnus) today and on the five numbered Sundays of Lent will be simple chants, all of which can be found in Worship (and all which we've sung... often).
(Sanctus: 348; Mysterium fidei: Mortem tuam annuntiamus: 349; Amen 330; Agnus Dei 353)

Communion hymn: WORSHIP 414 Attende, Domine (in Latin) (Listen)
- Those interested in the translation will find it along with the Latin.

Giving of Ashes:
(9:00 and 6:30) Parce, Domine, music by Carlo Rossini (with cantor)
(Noon) WORSHIP 416 Parce Domine, Mode I (I'm working the Noon Mass alone) (Listen)
- Translation: Spare, O Lord, your people; Be not eternally angry with us.
(The Latin verse of the Rossini version is from the beginning of Psalm 51 (50)).


Thursday, February 7, 2013


Hard to believe this is the LAST Sunday of Ordinary Time before Ash Wednesday comes along, thus commencing the season of Lent.  Much of the hymnody for this weekend are hymns with "Alleluia" repeated multiple times.  This was a custom used to "let all the Alleluias ring out" for one final time before having to put them away until the Vigil of Easter.

In the traditional liturgical calendar, the Alleluia was put away even sooner than this.  Until the current forms of the Roman Missal were promulgated, we had a three-week "pre-Lent", Sundays known as Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima (70 days, 60 days, and 50 days, not-so-literally speaking, but used symbolically for naming the Sundays), where the Gloria and Alleluia were already put away (the Alleluia chanted before the Gospel was replaced by the Tract back then).  In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (the Traditional Latin Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962), this "pre-Lent" still is observed, thus Septuagesima was observed on January 25, meaning January 18 would have been the last day of Alleluias until Paschaltide.

Incidentally, the Latin word for Lent is "Quadragesima" - 40 days.

Now, without further ado...

UPDATE II-9-13 11:06 PM:  Due to the nasty snowstorm, there was no music at the 5 PM Saturday Mass.  The 7:30 AM Sunday Mass will be Low Mass (Missa Recitata/Said Mass) as well.  The 9 and 11:15 AM Masses will have music.  I will be singing alone from the organ console.  Other changes may be made at Father's request, according to attendance, safety issues, etc.

Numbers refer to the Maroon Hymnal this weekend:

Entrance hymn: 347 (Second Tune) Alleluia! sing to Jesus 
- (same tune as "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling", which we sang last Sunday)

Gloria (if sung): Mass VIII (Depending on the attendance, this may likely be said instead of sung.)

Responsorial PsalmIn the sight of the angels, I will sing your praises, Lord, music by Owen Alstott (music in the missalette with the readings for February 10)

Alleluia: the Marier Alleluia that we've been using the last few weeks

Offertory hymn: 599 Ye watchers and ye holy ones
- (same tune as a couple of other hymns we've used before: "All creatures of our God and King" and "A hymn of glory let us sing")

Sanctus through Agnus Dei: the settings we've been singing the last few weeks

Communion anthem: organ improvisations by yours truly

Meditation hymn: 211 Come, with us, O blessed Jesus
- The tune used here is Werde Munter, which is the tune used for the beloved classic Jesu, joy of man's desiring, which was arranged as a chorale by Johann Sebastian Bach.  The version used here contains Bach's harmony in the hymn, but without all the instrumental interludes, and in a slightly lower key than one would normally hear Jesu Joy.  (Listen - this link plays it in two keys; we'll be using the first key, which is the lower.)

Recessional hymn: 54 Alleluia! song of gladness (Listen - move cursor to 16:15 mark for the hymn)
- Look at the text really good in the hymnal, and you'll see the "last time till Easter" theme used here.  The tune is titled after its Latin counterpart, Alleluia! Dulce Carmen