Thursday, September 26, 2013


A little primer on some of the information that appears along with a given hymn that appears in a hymnal.  To some, I'm preaching to the choir, but to the curious, this is some good knowledge.

The credits in the red Worship hymnal are quite easy, as the information on the text (lyrics) and the tune (music) are both at the bottom of hymn.  Very basic: Next to the word "Text" is the author's name and lifespan, or the source/book it may have been first published from and the year it was published.  Next to the word "Tune" is the name of the actual tune, its "meter" (explanations further down on this post) composer's name and lifespan, or the original source, or, if it's chant, the "mode" ("Chant, Mode ___" - blank will be a Roman numeral from I to VIII).  More information about Gregorian modes here.

In the maroon hymnal, it's a little different, and rather interesting when you consider the year of origin for that hymnal: 1940.  Even the supplements of 1981 (where the hymns numbered in the 770's and 780's are located) follow this pattern:  As you may notice there are no titles along with the hymns.  However, there is an "index of first lines" in the back, before the supplements.  At the top, you will see, to the left, the tune name, in the middle, the "meter", and to the right, the composer information.  At the bottom right corner, you'll find the author/source of the text.

A little information on "tune".  It is not the title of the hymn, but the title of the tune assigned to it.

Now, some information on "meter".  Those numbers that go along with the tune name (e.g. 87.87. or or letters (C.M. or S.M.D.) are the number of syllables of each line of a hymn (or in the case of 87.87., pairs of lines).  87.87. means that there are two pairs of lines with eight and seven syllables each, respectively.  Look at the tune "Stuttgart" (Come, thou long-exptected Jesus, #1 in the maroon hymnal, for example).  That has an 87.87. meter.  A "D" at the end of a meter code means "double".  Thus, 87.87.D. means four pairs of lines with eight and seven syllables, respectively (examples: "Hyfrydol" - Alleluia! sing to Jesus and "Pleading Savior" - Sing of Mary, pure and lowly).  Then there are the lettered codes "SM", "CM", and "LM", and their doubles "SMD", "CMD", and "LMD".  "SM" is "short meter", which is 66.86.  "CM" is "common meter", that is, 86.86..  "LM" is "long meter", or 88.88.  You may see the words "with Refrain" or "with Alleluias" added - self-explanatory.  Finally, for those hymns who don't have the same number of syllables in each verse (for example, "The First Nowell"), you will see the word "Irregular" or "Irregular with Refrain" as the meter.


The numbers given for this weekend refer to the maroon hymnal.  And based on the lesson I just gave above, I'll include the meter with the hymns.  The Alleluia and the sung Mass Ordinary are the same as the previous few weeks.  Next weekend, we will be switching to another set.

Entrance hymn: Round the Lord in glory seated (#260, meter: 87.87.D.) (Listen)

Responsorial Psalm: Praise the Lord, my soul, music by yours truly

Offertory hymn: Son of God, eternal Savior (#500, meter: 87.87.D.) (Listen)
- Side note: because this hymn and the entrance hymn (Round the Lord in glory seated) have the same meter, their tunes can be interchangeable.

Communion anthem: O Sacrum Convivium, music by Roberto Remondi

Meditation hymn: Blest are the pure in heart (#418, meter: SM, that is, 66.86.) (Listen)

Recessional hymn: Ye watchers and ye holy ones (#599, meter: 88.44.88. with Alleluias)
- The "44" are normally "alleluias" as well, but in some verses get replaced by such text as "Lead their praises", "O_ praise him", or "O_ sing ye".  The Alleluias mentioned in the meter are the five alleluias at the end of each verse.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013


XXV: That's two sawbucks and a fin! ;)


Two of the hymns we're using this Sunday are sung to the same tunes as other hymns we've sung before.  Sung Mass (Ordinary, Psalm, and Alleluia) are the same as the last three Sundays.

Entrance hymn: Sing praise to God who reigns above (Worship #528) (Listen)
- This is the same tune as another hymn we sang during Paschaltide, Rejoice, angelic choirs, rejoice.

Responsorial Psalm: Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor, music by Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB.

Offertory hymn: For the healing of the nations (Worship #643) 
- This is the same tune as another hymn we sing more often, Christ is made the sure foundation.

Communion anthem: In heavenly love abiding (Maroon #431)
- This will be sung as a choir piece, but the number is here if you would like to join.

Meditation hymn: O Jesus, joy of loving hearts (Worship #605) (Listen)

Recessional hymn: Sing praise to the Lord (Worship #539) (Listen)


Wednesday, September 11, 2013



Except for the Psalm, every piece on the list for this coming weekend is something we've done multiple times before.  Numbers refer to the Maroon hymnal.

Alleluia and Mass Ordinary: same as the last two Sundays

Entrance hymn: 343, first tune  Praise to the Holiest in the height

Responsorial Psalm: I will rise and go to my Father, music by Owen Alstott
- music found in Missalette along with the readings for September 15

Offertory hymn: 415, first tune  Jesus, Lover of my soul 

Communion anthem: Ave Verum, music by Camille Saint-Saƫns

Meditation hymn: 345, first tune  The King of love my shepherd is 

Recessional hymn: 342 Jesus, Name all names above 


Wednesday, September 4, 2013


This weekend, we have it all.  First Friday Mass at 6 PM, Saturday Funeral Mass at 9 AM, Saturday Nuptial Mass at 2:30 PM, and the usual Saturday/Sunday schedule.



Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine (sheets provided)
Responsorial Psalm: I trust in the mercy of God for ever, Psalm Tone 8g
Alleluia: music by Robert Twynham (same as last Sunday)
Offertory hymn: Cor Dulcis, Cor Amabile
Ordinary of the Mass: Community Mass (same as last Sunday)
Communion anthem: Panis Angelicus, music by Cesar Franck
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning (sheets provided)


Introit: Requiem Aeternam, Chant, Mode VI
- sung while the procession approaches the casket
Entrance hymn: Worship #704 Lift high the cross
- sung while the procession approaches the altar
Responsorial Psalm: Worship #32, antiphon I My shepherd is the Lord, nothing indeed shall I want, music by Joseph Gelineau, SJ
Alleluia: same as last Sunday
Offertory anthem: Ave Maria, music by Tomas Luis da Victoria
Ordinary of the Mass: Mass XVIII, pro defunctis
Communion hymn: Maroon #431 In heav'nly love abiding
Final Commendation: I believe that my Redeemer lives, music by Henri St. Louis
- Henri St. Louis is organist at Holy Apostles Church in Cranston.  He is a well-known local concert organist and choral director as well, working with the Salisbury Singers.
Recessional hymn: Worship #178 In Paradisum


Alleluia and Ordinary: same as last Sunday

Entrance march: The Prince of Denmark's March, Jeremiah Clarke
Responsorial Psalm: Worship #819 The earth is full of the goodness, the goodness of the Lord, music by J. Robert Carroll and Joseph Gelineau, SJ
Offertory anthem: Ave Maria, music by Franz Schubert
Communion hymn: Maroon #479, first tune Love divine, all loves excelling
Recessional march: Trumpet Tune, Henry Purcell
- Henry Purcell also wrote the music we normally sing to the hymn Christ is made the sure foundation (Worship #617, Maroon #780)


Alleluia and Ordinary: same as last Sunday

Entrance hymn: Worship #675 When morning gilds the skies (Listen)
Gloria: recited or Mass VIII
Responsorial Psalm: In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge, music by yours truly
Offertory hymn: Worship #634 Take up your cross
Communion anthem: Like as the hart, music by Vincent Novello
Meditation hymn: Worship #491 To Christ, the Prince of Peace
Recessional hymn: Worship #704 Lift high the cross