Thursday, April 25, 2013




The Alleluia setting and the music for the Ordinary of the Mass (Gloria, Sanctus through Agnus Dei) are the same as the previous four Sundays.

Entrance hymn: Maroon 90 - He is risen, he is risen! (Listen)
Responsorial Psalm: I will praise your name for ever, my King and my God, music by yours truly
Offertory hymn: Maroon 599 - Ye watchers and ye holy ones (a familiar tune)
Communion anthem: Cantate Domino Canticum Novum, music by Vincent d'Indy
- This particular anthem could almost be considered a responsory, except it's intended for choral singing (the top note in the melody is a high F).  Cantate Domino canticum novum; cantata Domino, omnis terra.  This translates as Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.  The entire piece is based on Psalm 96 (Psalm 95 in the Vulgate version).
Meditation hymn: Worship 443 - O Queen of Heaven / Regina Caeli, chant, Mode VI (familiar)
Recessional hymn: Maroon 88 - Jesus lives! Thy terrors now (which we sang three Sundays ago)

Thursday, April 18, 2013



After all, the Gospel passages (and the Alleluia verse that precedes it) for this day in all three years of the Lectionary cycle mentions Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  The Communion proper in the Roman Gradual for this day repeats what is said in the Alleluia verse: I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.
All numbers for today refer to the red Worship hymnal.

Entrance hymn: 459 At the Lamb's high feast we sing
- This is the same tune as Songs of thankfulness and praise, which we sang on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Gloria: same as the last three Sundays

Responsorial Psalm: We are his people, the sheep of his flock, music by Royce Nickel

Alleluia: same as the last three Sundays

Offertory hymn: 496 Crown him with many crowns (Should be familiar, but Listen anyways!)

Sung Mass: same as the last three Sundays

Communion anthem: He shall feed his flock, from Messiah, by George Frederic Handel
- This is an air that Handel composed in two portions: He shall feed his flock, in the key of F for alto, followed by Come unto Him, in the key of B-flat for soprano (similar melody).

Meditation hymn: 443 O Queen of Heaven/Regina Caeli (in English and Latin)

Recessional hymn: 463 Christ the Lord is ris'n today, alleluia (Listen)
- Listen link is to another hymn, Hail the day that sees him rise, an Ascension hymn which uses the same tune.  This is yet a third "ris'n today" hymn that gets used regularly during Easter Season.  On Easter Sunday and the Octave, we sang the most familiar Jesus Christ is ris'n today.  Last Sunday, we sang another Christ the Lord is ris'n today, but without the alleluia, which is a paraphrase of the Sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes.  This Sunday, we sing a text that I particularly enjoy singing:

Christ the Lord is ris'n today, alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, alleluia!
Sing, ye heav'ns, and earth reply, alleluia!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013



All numbers this weekend will be found in the red hymnal, "Worship".

Entrance hymn: 455 Rejoice, angelic choirs, rejoice
- Uses the same tune as Sing praise to God who reigns above (Listen)

Gloria (if sung): same as last Sunday

Responsorial Psalm: I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me, music by Chrysogonus Waddell (antiphon) and Joseph Gelineau (versicles).  Can be found in Worship, #841.
Alleluia: same as last Sunday
Offertory hymn: 461 Christ the Lord is risen today (Listen)
- This hymn is a metrical paraphrase of the Easter sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes (which we sang in chant form the past two weekends).
Sanctus through Agnus Dei: same as last Sunday
Communion anthem: O Sacrum Convivium, music by Roberto Remondi
- Translation: O sacred banquet! in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory to us is given. Alleluia.
Meditation hymn: 443 Regina Caeli (in English and Latin)
Recessional hymn: 449 This joyful Eastertide (Listen)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


IV-5-13, 6 PM; First Friday - Friday in the Octave of Easter

For this month's First Friday Mass, we will also be using some seasonal music for Easter.


Entrance hymn: Maroon 96 The Day of Resurrection (which we opened with on Easter Day)

Responsorial Psalm: The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone, music by yours truly, based on O Filii et Filiae (below)

Alleluia: based on O Filii et Filiae (the setting we used for Easter and the Vigil)

Offertory hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine (sheets provided)

Sung Mass (Sanctus through Agnus Dei): Messa "Cristo Risuciti", music by Luigi Picchi
- the setting we used for Easter and the Vigil

Communion hymn: O Filii et Filiae, in Latin.  You may join in the alleluias that follow each verse.  It's the same as the Alleluia before the Gospel for this day.  For a translation, you may follow in the Worship (red) hymnal at number 447.

Recessional hymn: Maroon 85 Jesus Christ is ris'n today

IV-7-13; Second Sunday of Easter

Declared by Blessed Pope John Paul II as Divine Mercy Sunday in 2000.  Traditionally known as Low Sunday or Quasimodo Sunday, after the word "Quasimodo" which begins the day's Introit: Quasimodo geniti infantes, alleluia: rationalbiles, sine dolo lac concupiscite, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. (As newborn babes, alleluia: long for pure spiritual milk, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.)


Numbers refer to the Maroon hymnal.

Entrance hymn: 88 Jesus lives, thy terrors now (Listen)

Gloria: Messa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe", music by Federico Caudana
- We did this setting on Holy Thursday and on Easter Day (last minute change, explanations later).

Responsorial Psalm: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love is everlasting, music by Owen Alstott (music in missalette for Second Sunday of Easter)

Alleluia: same as Friday, above

Offertory hymn: 91 The strife is o'er, but using a different tune than what is written, the tune normally used for Christ is the King. (Listen)

Sanctus through Agnus Dei: same as Friday, above

Communion anthem: Adoro Te Devote, chant, Mode V
- This hymn is a nice match to the Gospel passage of this day, which speaks of the doubting Thomas.  Let's look specifically at the fourth verse:
- - Plagas, sicut Thomas, non intueor, Deum tamen meum te confiteor: Fac me tibi semper magis credere, In te spem habere, te diligere.
- - Translation (from the hymn Godhead, here in hiding): I am not like Thomas, wounds I cannot see, But can plainly call thee Lord and God, as he; This faith each day deeper be my holding of; Daily make me harder hope and dearer love.

Meditation hymn: 97 Christians, to the Paschal Victim
- The Easter Sequence, which we chanted on Easter Morning before the Gospel Alleluia.

Recessional hymn: 85 Jesus Christ is ris'n today