Thursday, April 24, 2014


or Divine Mercy Sunday, or Low Sunday,
or Quasimodo Sunday

Click here for an explanation on the above names for the Sunday that is the Octave of Easter.


Special thanks to our singers Elaine, Kate, and Chris, and to our brass trio Jerry, Doug, and Ed, for their wonderful work this past Holy Week/Easter Triduum.  This being my fourth Easter (and the beginning of my fourth year) at Sacred Heart as your organist, I feel that the music this year was the best we've had since I took the reins from my predecessor (and still good friend) Dave Sylvester.


On the most part, a repeat of Easter Day.

Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia: same as Easter Day

Entrance hymn: The day of Resurrection, Maroon, #96

Psalm 118: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love is everlasting, music by Owen Alstott
- as written in the missalette for April 27.

Offertory hymn: That Easter day with joy was bright, Maroon, #98

Communion anthem: Adoro Te Devote, Chant, Mode V
- You may follow the Latin text from the red Worship hymnal (#489) if you wish.  The music in Worship is a simplified version of the chant.  However, we are using the actual chant melody.

Meditation hymn: Christians, to the Paschal Victim, Maroon, #97
- The sequence we sang before the Alleluia on Easter Day.

Marian antiphon: Regina Caeli, Worship, #443, Latin only, will not be announced.
- This will be sung just before the recessional hymn.  Traditionally, a "Marian antiphon" would be sung at this time, and varies by season.  Alma Redemptoris Mater is the Marian antiphon used from the beginning of Advent until Candlemas (February 2).  Ave Regina Caelorum is used from Candlemas through Lent.  Regina Caeli is used throughout Easter Season.  Finally, during that stretch of Ordinary Time from the day after Pentecost through the remainder of Ordinary Time (including Christ the King), Salve Regina.

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


Tuesday, April 15, 2014


The brass trio will join us for the Easter Vigil, and for the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses on Easter Sunday.

HOLY (Maundy) THURSDAY; IV-17-14 at 7 PM
Mass of the Lord's Supper

Entrance hymn: Lift high the cross, Worship #704
Gloria: Messa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe", music by Federico Caudana (now a staple)
Psalm 116: Our blessing cup is a communion with the blood of Christ, music by yours truly
Gospel Acclamation: same as the previous six Sundays
Offertory hymn: At that first Eucharist, Worship #733
Sanctus through Agnus Dei: same as the Sundays of Lent
Communion anthem: Ave Verum, music by Camille Saint-Saƫns
Hymn during the Solemn Translation of the Holy Eucharist: Pange Lingua, music by Father Carlo Rossini (Although the music is different from what is written, you may use Worship, #813, to follow the Latin text.)
Adoration to follow.  Depart in silence.

Note when singing the Pange Lingua: Verses 1 through 4 are repeated as necessary until the Holy Eucharist reaches the repository.  Once the Holy Eucharist reaches the repository, Verses 5 and 6 (Tantum Ergo) are sung.

GOOD FRIDAY; IV-18-14 at 7 PM
The Lord's Passion and Death

Enter in silence.
Psalm 31: Father, into your hands I commend my spirit, music by Richard Rice
Kneel/Pause during the Passion (as Christ hands over his spirit): Adoramus Te Christe, music by Theodore Dubois, from his "Seven Last Words of Christ"
Gospel Acclamation: same as the previous six Sundays
Veneration of the Cross (as time permits):
- God so loved the world, music by Sir John Stainer
- Jesu, Salvator noster and Parce, Domine, music by Fr. Carlo Rossini
Enthroning of the Cross: Christ Jesus Victor, Christ Jesus Ruler....
Communion music (as time permits):
- Ave Verum, music by Lorenzo Perosi
- O Sacred Head, sore wounded, Maroon, #75
- Tantum Ergo, music by Oreste Ravanello (Although the music is different from what is written, you may use Worship, #758, to follow the Latin text.)
Meditation hymn: Abide with me, Maroon, #467
Depart in silence.

The Night Watch of the Lord's Resurrection

Response to "Light of Christ": Christ Jesus Victor, Christ Jesus Ruler... (three instances)
Exsultet: chanted by Fr. Christopher Feeney.  Within the Exsultet is the dialog that is normally chanted before the Sanctus (V/. The Lord be with you.  R/. And with your spirit.  V/. Lift up your hearts. R/. We lift them up to the Lord, etc.) and a two-note Amen at the conclusion.
Responsorial Psalms following the first three readings (music in missalette):
- Psalm 104: Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
- Psalm 16: You are my inheritance, O Lord.
- Exodus 15: Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.
Gloria: Missa "Cristo Risuciti", music by Luigi Picchi
- This Mass is based on an Easter hymn tune known in Latin as Surgit in haec dies and in German as Christ ist erstanden.
Alleluia: from the chant O Filii et Filiae, Mode II
Litany of Saints: as written in the missalette
Sprinkling of Holy Water: Vidi Aquam, music by Joseph Gruber
Offertory hymn: That Easter Day with joy was bright, Maroon, #98
Sanctus through Agnus Dei: Missa "Christo Risuciti", music by Luigi Picchi
- The Memorial Acclamation and Amen are add-ons which I adapted from the above Mass.
Communion anthem: Hallelujah, by George Fredrick Handel, from Messiah
Meditation hymn: Regina Caeli, Worship, #443 (in English and Latin)
Recessional hymn: Jesus Christ is ris'n today, Maroon, #85

EASTER SUNDAY; IV-20-14, 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM
The Resurrection of the Lord

Entrance hymn: The Day of Resurrection, Maroon, #96
GloriaMissa "Cristo Risuciti", music by Luigi Picchi
Psalm 118: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad, music in missalette
Alleluia: from the chant O Filii et Filiae, Mode II
Everything from the Sprinkling of Holy Water to the end: same as the Easter Vigil, above

Happy and Blessed Triduum to all!

Thursday, April 10, 2014


April 13, 2014

Once again, at three of the Masses (5:00 on Saturday, 9:00 and 11:15 on Sunday), we will be joined by our brass trio (Ed, Doug, and Jerry) which I affectionately refer to as "The Plumbers" (click here for an explanation of that nickname).  Our singers, Elaine and Kate, will be joined by our occasional tenor, Chris (husband of Kate).

Also once again, the music for the 7:30 Mass will be led by the trio of me, myself, and I.

I believe we're having a bake sale after all the Masses as well, and everyone's favorite, DOUGHBOYS!  So, bring your prayers, your voices, and your appetite!!! ;)


 A good chunk of this year's Palm Sunday music is an "encore" of what we did last year on Palm Sunday.

Entrance chant: Unlike your typical Mass, where a hymn is often sung in place of the Introit (or Entrance Antiphon), the hymn is delayed until the procession of the palms, which follows the first Gospel reading (the Lord's entrance into Jerusalem).
7:30 Mass: Hosanna Filio David
- Translation: Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. O King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest.
All other Masses: Pueri Haebraeorum, music by Franz Schubert, from his "Six Palm Sunday Acclamations"
- Translation: The children of the Hebrews, carried olive branches, and went to meet the Lord, crying out and saying, "Hosanna in the highest."

Procession of the Palms: All glory, laud, and honor, Maroon, #62

Gospel Acclamation: same as we've done throughout Lent

At the kneel/pause during the Passion reading: Adoramus Te, Christe, by Theodore Dubois, from his "Seven Last Words of Christ".

Offertory hymn: O sacred Head, sore wounded, Maroon, #75

7:30 Mass: Mass XVIII, which we've done throughout Lent
All other Masses: the setting from "Six Palm Sunday Acclamations" by Franz Schubert
- Yes, the same Franz Schubert whose Ave Maria would be sung out first by almost any random stranger that I would ask to sing any Ave Maria on demand!

Memorial Acclamation and Amen: same as during Lent

Agnus Dei: Messa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe", music by Federico Caudana
- Same tune as the Kyrie that we sang throughout Lent.

Communion anthem: Surely he hath borne our griefs, by Georg Frederick Handel, from "Messiah"

No meditation hymn.

Recessional hymn: To Jesus Christ, our sov'reign King, Worship, #497


Thursday, April 3, 2014


Music for the sung Ordinary of the Mass and the Gospel Acclamation for both the First Friday and the Fifth Sunday of Lent are the same as what we've been doing the past four weekends.

IV-4-14; 6:30 PM

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love divine, on sheets provided
Psalm 34: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, sung to Psalm Tone 2
Offertory anthem: Adoramus Te, Christe, music by Theodore Dubois
Communion anthem: Jesu, Salvator Noster, music by Carlo Rossini
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning, on sheets provided


Hymns will be sung from the Maroon Hymnal this weekend.

Entrance hymn: There is a green hill far away, #65 (First Tune) (Listen)
Psalm 130: With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption, music by Sam Schmitt
Offertory hymn: Abide with me, #467 (Listen)
Communion anthem: God so loved the world, music by Sir John Stainer
Meditation hymn: Hark, my soul! it is the Lord, #459 (Listen)
Recessional hymn: We sing the praise of him who died, #340