Thursday, October 31, 2013


Friday through Sunday, November 1-3, 2013


Mass Ordinary:
- (Except All Souls) Messa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe", music by Federico Caudana.  This is the Mass we sang last month.  We're continuing it through Christ the King, except for All Souls Day.
- (All Souls) Mass XVIII (Pro Defunctis), Gregorian Chant.
Alleluia: taken from the hymn Christ is the King, Worship #500
ALL SAINTS - Friday XI-1-13; 9 AM and 6 PM

Entrance hymn: By all your saints still striving, Worship #706 (Listen)
- The tune is the same as the famed Palm Sunday processional, All glory, laud, and honor.

Responsorial Psalm: Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face, Worship #1053 (Listen)

Offertory hymn: Ye watchers and ye holy ones, Worship #707

Communion hymn: Who are these like stars appearing, Maroon #130

Recessional hymn: For all the saints, Worship #705 (Listen)

ALL SOULS - Saturday XI-2-13; 9 AM and 5 PM

Since the 5 PM Mass this Saturday is the memorial Mass for those parishioners departed over the past year, the music is that of All Souls, not for the Sunday as the normal occurance.  Also, since All Souls Day is a "commemoration of all the faithful departed", the Mass used (at both 9 AM AND 5 PM) is the "Missa pro defunctis", that is, the "Mass for the dead".  The sung Ordinary is the same as what you normally hear at a funeral at Sacred Heart, as well as the proper chant Introit (the Entrance that the Mass actually calls for, thus the name "proper"), the proper chant Communion, and the proper chant Recessional.  Back on XII-30-12, I wrote this little article for the parish music blog, explaining how the music for funerals come about.  All Souls is the same idea.

You will notice a difference in the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).  The chant is the simple chant that you've sung many times before.  However, instead of "miserere nobis" (have mercy on us), the text is "dona eis requiem" (grant them rest), and instead of "dona nobis pacem" (grant us peace) at the end, the text is "dona eis requiem sempiternam" (grant them eternal rest - the melody is slightly extended).

Introit (Entrance chant): Requiem aeternam, Mode VI chant.
- Translation of the antiphon: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.

Responsorial Psalm: My Shepherd is the Lord, nothing indeed shall I want, Worship #32 (Listen)

Offertory hymn: Jesus, Son of Mary, Maroon #223
- The tune is the same as the chant Adoro Te Devote, which you may have heard before. (Listen)

Communion proper: Lux aeterna, Mode VIII chant.
- Translation: May eternal light shine upon them O Lord, with your saints forever, for you are gracious. Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, with your saints forever, for you are gracious.

Communion anthem: Pie Jesu, music by Gabriel Faure, sung by soloist Elaine.
- Similar to the Agnus Dei, except the text is Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem (and at the end, the added word sempiternam).  Translates to Loving Lord Jesus, grant them rest, and ending with grant them eternal rest.

Recessional chant: In Paradisum, Worship #178, in Latin.
- There is a translation in the Worship hymnal that goes along with this text.

Sunday XI-3-13; 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: Sing praise to God who reigns above, Worship #528 (Listen)

Responsorial Psalm: I will praise your name for ever, my King and my God, music by yours truly.

Offertory hymn: Amazing grace, Worship #583
- I don't think we need to insert a listen link for this one. ;)

Communion anthem: God so loved the world, music by Sir John Stainer

Meditation hymn: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All, Worship #488

Recessional hymn: For all the saints, Worship #705


Thursday, October 24, 2013



Mass Ordinary and Alleluia: same as the past few Sundays/feasts

Hymn numbers today are in the red Worship hymnal.  All of the hymns are hymns we have used plenty of times before.  ;)

Entrance hymn: Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (#530)

Responsorial Psalm: The Lord hears the cry of the poor, music by yours truly
- Side note: We did a setting of Taste and see the goodness of the Lord to the same melody.

Offertory hymn: The King of love my shepherd is (#609)

Communion anthem: Omni Die dic Mariae / Daily, daily, sing to Mary
- Alternating Latin/English verses as time permits.

Meditation hymn: O Salutaris Hostia (#757)
- Though we've used three different tunes at Mass and at devotions, we're using the tune as written in the hymnal.

Recessional hymn: Go, make of all disciples (#628)


Wednesday, October 16, 2013


PS: Here's a little tantilizing tidbit: If this was five decades ago, next Sunday would have been Christ the King. As it is now, that's moved to November, and next Sunday is merely Sunday XXX (yes, that's "triple X", or, in Arabic numerals, "30"). 


Mass Ordinary and Alleluia are the same as the past two weekends.

Hymn numbers given are in the maroon hymnal, except where noted.  Tunes of the hymns are those which we have sung in the past, some more often than others.

Entrance hymn: #326 To the Name of our salvation

Responsorial Psalm: Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121), setting by John Schiavone (antiphon) and Joseph Gelineau (Psalm verses).  Music in Worship, #951.

Offertory hymn: #289 O God, our help in ages past 

Communion anthem: Ave Maria, music by Lorenzo Perosi

Meditation hymn: #355, First Tune At the name of Jesus 

Recessional hymn: #537 Christ for the world, we sing 
- Tune is the same as Come, Thou Almighty King, but with a couple of minor alterations.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013


I had forgotten to post the music for Marian devotions, in the midst of moving - it's been a bit hectic.  The music for all five Tuesdays (October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 - 7 PM) are as follows:

Entrance hymn: Worship #708 Immaculate Mary

As the Blessed Sacrament is placed on the altar: O Salutaris Hostia, setting by Anthony Werner
- While this isn't the tune that's in most hymnals, it seems to be the most popular in most parishes.

Rosary and Litany are prayed.

After the Litany: Tantum Ergo, setting by Orestes Ravanello
- a familiar setting here.

As the Blessed Sacrament is returned to the Tabernacle: Adoremus in aeternum Sanctissimum Sacramentum, Chant, Mode V
- Translation: Let us adore for ever the Most Holy Sacrament.  Psalm 117 is sung in between (in Latin), followed by the Gloria Patri (Glory be to the Father).

Recessional hymn: Worship #702 Hail, holy Queen enthroned above 


Mass Ordinary: Messa Populare Laus Tibi Christe, music by Federico Caudana
- We resumed use of this Mass last weekend.

All numbers given are in the red Worship hymnal.
All are tunes we have sung before - multiple times. ;)

Entrance hymn: #547 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty 

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98 - The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power, music by Richard Rice

Alleluia: music by Theodore Marier (famed founder of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School)

Offertory hymn: #750 Your hands, O Lord, in days of old 

Communion anthem: O that I had a thousand voices, music by Samuel Metzner
- Though this is the choral anthem during Communion, you are at liberty to follow along.  It's #546 in the Worship hymnal.

Meditation hymn: #758 Tantum ergo (the tune actually in the hymnal)

Recessional hymn: #494 All hail the pow'r of Jesus' Name


Wednesday, October 2, 2013



Mass Ordinary for October and November (except All Souls): Messa Populare Laus Tibi Christe, music by Federico Caudana.  This is the Mass set we did from Trinity Sunday until the end of June.

Alleluia: music by Theodore Marier, which we last sang in those Sundays of Ordinary Time that fell in January and February.

(October 4)

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine, on sheet provided

Responsorial Psalm: Mass of the day in the daily Mass propers in the missalette.  Musical setting to be determined.

Offertory anthem: Cor Dulce, Cor Amabile

Communion anthem: Cor Jesu Trinitatis

Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning, on sheet provided

(October 5/6)

Numbers given are in the MAROON hymnal.

Entrance hymn: 484 Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates

Responsorial Psalm: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts, music by Owen Alstott (music found in the missalette with the readings for October 6)

Offertory hymn: 393 Faith of our fathers
- Cute little side note: a parishioner at one of my former parishes once asked me, "Hey Brian, what's up with all the Protestant music?  Faith of Our FathersThere's a Wideness in God's Mercy?"  The parishioner's jaw dropped to the ground when I told her that although the two texts are popular amongst the Protestant congregations, the texts of those two hymns were written by Fr. Frederick W. Faber, a Catholic priest.

Communion hymn: Ave Verum, music by Lorenzo Perosi
- sung at all Masses except 7:30 (at 7:30 Mass, it will be played as an organ instrumental)

Meditation hymn: 462 (first tune) Jesus, the very thought of thee

Recessional hymn: 570 (second tune) O Jesus, I have promised