Thursday, March 27, 2014



See this link for my explanation on Laetare.


Sung Mass Ordinary and Gospel Acclamation are the same as the past three Sundays.
Numbers given are in the Worship (red) hymnal.

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

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want, music by Owen Alstott
- music found in the missalette for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

Offertory hymn: Take up your cross, #634

Communion anthem: Jesu, Salvator Noster, by Fr. Carlo Rossini

Meditation hymn: At the Name of Jesus, #499 (verses 1-4)

Recessional hymn: The Master came to bring good news, #752
- This hymn is sung to the same tune as the very familiar To Jesus Christ, our sov'reign King.


Thursday, March 20, 2014


March 23, 2014

I could call this "key of D day", as three of the hymns are short tunes that are in the key of D. (LOL)


Numbers are all in the Maroon hymnal ("The Hymnal").  All of these hymns have been sung pretty much regularly, so I didn't include listen links this time.  If you must, you'll find some in previous posts.

Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Gospel Acclamation are the same as the last couple of Sundays.

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

Psalm 95: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts, music by Owen Alstott
- music as written in the Missalette for March 23.

Offertory hymn: When I survey the wondrous cross, #337

Communion anthem: My God, my Father, while I stray, music by A.H. Troyte and Nicola Montani
- taken from the St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book, 1940's supplement. 

Meditation hymn: Blest are the pure in heart, #418

Recessional hymn: Jesus, Name all names above, #342


Sunday, March 16, 2014


III-19-14 (Wednesday) 9 AM

Same as last year's St. Joseph program, with some exceptions:

Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Gospel Acclamation same as the rest of Lent.  However, because this is a solemnity, the Gloria may also be sung.  Should it be sung, it will be the chant from Mass VIII.

Entrance hymn: Worship #693 Joseph, be our guide and pattern (Listen)
- Same tune as another hymn we do, To the Name of our salvation.  However, we don't sing this tune as slowly as on the link provided. ;)

Responsorial PsalmThe Son of David will live for ever, music by yours truly (Listen)
- This is the same tune as another antiphon we've used with the same Psalm, For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Offertory hymn: Worship #694 Come now, and praise the humble saint (Listen)
- Some may be familiar with another hymn that uses this early American tune.  That hymn is Jerusalem, my happy home.  The name of the tune is Land of Rest.

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

Recessional hymn: Missalette #108 Holy Patron, thee saluting 
- Same tune as Sing of Mary, pure and lowly 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014


This is my second favorite Sunday of Lent, in which the Gospel of the Transfiguration is read (this year, according to Matthew).  You'll notice that a couple of hymns with lesser familiar texts are sung to tunes we have sung enough times before.


Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Gospel Acclamation same as last week.

Entrance hymn: The glory of these forty days, Maroon #61 (Listen)

Psalm 33: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you, music by Richard Proulx (antiphon) and Pére Joseph Gelineau, SJ.  Worship, #790

Offertory hymn: O wondrous type, O vision fair, Maroon #119 (Listen)
- This is the same tune as O Jesus, joy of loving hearts, which we have sung often from the red Worship hymnal.

Communion anthem: Soul of my Savior 
- a translation of the Latin Anima Christi.  The harmony we'll be using is from the Pius X Hymnal.

Meditation hymn: O God, unseen yet ever near, Maroon #198 (First Tune) 
- This hymn is sung to a hymn we sang just last week, Lord, who throughout these forty days 

Recessional hymn: We sing the praise of him who died, Maroon #340 (Listen)


Monday, March 10, 2014


General format

Stations of the Cross with Holy Communion (and with music) is held in the Church on all Tuesdays in Lent at 7 PM.  The general format is thus:

The sequence Stabat Mater Dolorosa (At the cross Her station keeping) is sung in English, according to the "Way of the Cross" booklet provided as you enter the church.  Two verses are sung at the very beginning (the entrance of priest and ministers), two verses each at the end of Stations 1, 7, and 14, and one verse each after all the other Stations.  Those who have attended our Stations on Tuesdays are familiar with this.

Following the final Station, the Lord's Prayer is recited, followed by the Ecce Agnus Dei dialogue ("Behold the Lamb of God..." / "Lord, I am not worthy...").

Communion is received.  One of two hymns are sung in an alternating manner.  Those are:
- Let thy Blood in mercy poured (Maroon #190) (Listen) (Weeks 1, 3, and 5 of Lent)
- Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All (Worship #488) (Listen) (Weeks 2 and 4 of Lent, and Holy Week)

Recessional hymn: Lift high the cross (Worship #704) (all weeks)


Thursday, March 6, 2014


FIRST FRIDAY (Sacred Heart Community Mass)
III-7-14 at 6:30 PM (time change for Lent)

Ordinary of the Mass:
Kyrie: Laus Tibi Christe Mass (same tune as the Agnus Dei we've sung from that same Mass)
Sanctus and Agnus Dei: Mass XVIII (the simplest of Kyriale chant Masses)
Memorial Acclamation: Save us, Savior of the world (Listen)
- Music is the official chant of the 2010 Roman Missal (use of which began Advent 2011)
Amen: adapted from the Sanctus of Mass VIII

That set listed above is the set for all of Lent.  The Kyrie is sung at Masses celebrated by Father Bucci (at the very least).

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love divine (music on cards provided)

Psalm 51: A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn, sung to Psalm Tone 2
- text in the daily Mass portion of the missalette under March 7.

Gospel acclamation: Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, adapted by yours truly from the Mode I chant Vexilla Regis Prodeunt.
- Vexilla Regis Prodeunt is the Latin from which The Royal banners forward go is translated.  This chant is most often used during Passiontide.

Offertory anthem: Parce, Domine, music by Carlo Rossini
- We sang this while ashes were distributed on Ash Wednesday.  Translation: Spare us, O Lord, thy people.  Be thou not angry with us for ever.

Communion hymn: Attende, Domine, Worship #414, in Latin

Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning (music on cards provided)


Sung Ordinary of the Mass as listed above.

Entrance hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the height, Maroon #343 (first tune)

Psalm 51: Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned, music by C. Alexander Peloquin
- same as Ash Wednesday

Gospel Acclamation: same as above

Offertory hymn: Jesus, Name all names above, Maroon #342

Communion anthem: Parce, Domine, music by Carlo Rossini

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

Recessional hymn: Lord, who throughout these forty days, Maroon #59