Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Notice the TWO different numberings of Sundays in the title.  Now that there is a 12:30 Mass in the Extraordinary Form (that is, the Traditional Latin Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962), and I am happily but humbly serving as organist for that Mass as well, the music listings are different, and the liturgical calendar is different.

In the Ordinary Form of the Mass (that is, the Mass according to the current Roman Missal), the numbered Sundays of Ordinary Time fall from the Sunday after the Baptism of the Lord to the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, and from the Sunday after the post-Pentecost solemnities to Christ the King (sometimes known as the 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time).

In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, those numbered Sundays in the Winter (January/February) are the Sundays after the Epiphany, while the numbered Sundays in the Summer and Fall (June through November) are the Sundays after Pentecost.  And because these numbered Sundays follow a moveable date (Pentecost is moveable, dependent on the day of Easter), the numbering sequence starts with the Sunday after Trinity, which is the Second Sunday after Pentecost.

Thus while we are on the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time in the modern Mass, we are on the 16th Sunday after Pentecost in the traditional Mass.


English Mass in the Ordinary Form
(Sat. 5 PM; Sun. 7:30, 9, 11:15 AM)
Sunday XXVI of Ordered Time

Numbers given are in the Maroon hymnal.

Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia: same as last week.

Entrance hymn: To the Name of our salvation, #326
Psalm 25: Remember your mercies, O Lord, music by Sam Schmitt
Offertory hymn: At the Name of Jesus, #356 (first tune)
Communion anthem: To you I lift my soul, text by John Dunn, tune by John Ireland
Meditation hymn: Thou art the way, #361 (Listen)
Recessional hymn: All hail the pow'r of Jesus' Name, #355 (first tune)

Latin Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form (12:30 PM)
Sunday XVI after Pentecost

Numbers given are in the Red Worship hymnal.

Entrance hymn: New songs of celebration render, #533
- Same tune as "Father, we thank thee who hast planted", which we sang last week at ALL Masses.
Offertory: organ improvisation on theme TBD
Communion anthem: Magnificat, Psalm Tone 8G
Recessional hymn: To Jesus Christ, our sov'reign King, #497


Thursday, September 18, 2014

SUNDAY XXV (of Ordered Time), SUNDAY XV (after Pentecost) and SEPTEMBER FEASTS

Back to the regularly-numbered Sundays of Ordinary/Ordered Time, or, according to the Roman Missal in Latin, per annum, of the Year.

For those who frequent the daily Mass (in our Chapel and otherwise): Did anyone notice that although last Sunday was the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which superseded the 24th Sunday, the rest of the week was still the 24th week of Ordered Time?

THE SEVEN SORROWS (and other September Feasts)

That does not change, although there are some memorials and feasts within, like last Monday (IX-15) was the Seven Dolors (Sorrows) of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  That feast, in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (1962 Roman Missal) supersedes any numbered Sunday after Pentecost when it falls on a Sunday.  Same with two other feasts that would fall on a Sunday on the same year as the Seven Sorrows: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IX-8) and St. Michael the Archangel (IX-29).  When one falls on a Sunday, all three do, and they all trump the numbered Sunday in the Traditional Latin Mass.  This has been drawn from my own experience of playing and conducting for Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form.


As some may already have noticed, Fr. Derek Puleo has started praying the Extraordinary Form Low Mass in the Chapel on Sunday afternoons at 12:30 PM.  Starting this Sunday, that Mass will be in the church (I was told that there were 75 people at the 12:30 Mass last Sunday; when I left after the scratch ticket drawing by the scouts, I saw the SRO crowd extend out the door).  It will still be low Mass, but with hymns (Entrance and Recessional, usually in English), a brief organ improvisation at the Offertory, and an anthem in Latin at Communion.  Organist will be yours truly.

The list below is for the 12:30 Extraordinary Form Low Mass ONLY:
Entrance hymn: Father, we thank thee who hast planted, red Worship #558
Communion anthem: Panis angelicus, music by Cesar Franck
Recessional hymn: Rejoice, the Lord is King, red Worship #493

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS: IX-21-14 (Ordinary Form)
Regular Masses Sat. 5 PM; Sun. 7:30, 9, 11:15 AM

Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia (before the Gospel): same as last week.

Entrance hymn: Father, we thank thee who hast planted, Maroon hymnal #195
Psalm 145: The Lord is near to all who call him, music by Richard Rice
Offertory hymn: O Jesus, I have promised, Maroon hymnal #570, second tune
Communion anthem: Magnificat, Tone 8G with alternating polyphony by Ciro Grassi
Meditation hymn: Soul of my Savior, hymn section of missalette #41
Recessional hymn: Round the Lord in glory seated, Maroon hymnal #269 (Listen)


Thursday, September 11, 2014


This Sunday, we celebrate one of those solemnities that fall on a fixed date.  September 14 is the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  Formerly known as "Triumph of the Cross" (since the start of the Novus Ordo Mass in 1969, its present name, "Exaltation of the Holy Cross" is faithful to the Latin title from the current Missal, "in Exaltatione Sanctae Crucis".  This solemnity takes precedence over the regularly numbered Sunday (in this case, 24th) of Ordered Time.


Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia: same as last Sunday

Numbers given are in the red Worship hymnal, except where noted.

Entrance hymn: Lift high the cross, #704

Psalm 78: Do not forget the works of the Lord, music by Royce Nickel

Offertory hymn: Crown him with many crowns, #496

Communion anthems (two short ones):
- 1. Adoramus Te, Christe, music by Theodore Dubois, from his Seven Last Words of Christ 
- - - Translation: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.
- 2. Ave Verum, music by Lorenzo Perosi
- - - Translation: Hail, true Body, born of the Virgin Mary, who, having truly suffered, was sacrificed on the Cross for mankind, whose pierced side flowed with water and blood.  May it be for us a foretaste in the trial of death.  O Jesus sweet, O Jesus pious, O Jesus, Son of Mary.

Meditation hymn: Soul of my Savior, #41 in the hymn section of the missalette
- which we sang three weeks ago. ;)

Recessional hymn: Rejoice! the Lord is King, #493


Thursday, September 4, 2014



This weekend, we debut a new Mass Ordinary, Holy Angels Mass, an original setting I wrote in 2010.  We have used the Gloria in some Masses in July and August.  This weekend, we start the Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation C (Save Us, Savior of the world), and Agnus Dei from that same Mass.  The music to these will be found on laminated cards in the pew rack.  I will go over these briefly with you before Mass begins this weekend.

The music of this Mass (which is in English, by the way) is based mainly on the chant setting that is Mass VIII (Missa de Angelis), the second most familiar of the Gregorian Masses these days (second only to the simpler Mass XVIII in its two versions (Missa per Feriis Adventus et Quadragesimae and Missa Pro Defunctis, that is, Mass for Weekdays of Advent and Lent and Mass for the Dead, respectively).  Rhythmically, it has a flavor that resembles the two familiar Masses of the late Jan Vermulst (Mass of Christian Unity and People's Mass), both of which we've sung here for quite some time, during my time here, the time of my esteemed predecessor Dave Sylvestre, and I'm sure many organists before him as well.

The Memorial Acclamation Save us, Savior of the world, is sung to a tune similar to the acclamation We proclaim your death, O Lord, which we did in July and August, its melody based on the chant Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine.

The Amen (often referred to as the "Great Amen") we are using (also on the laminated cards) is not of this Mass setting (I did not write one for this setting).  It is the Dresden Amen, which we have sung here before.  While most Amens we use are triple Amens, this one is a double Amen which begins with the chant "A-men___" then goes to a grand "fortissimo" finish!


Sung Ordinary of the Mass: Holy Angels Mass, music by yours truly, as described above, plus the Dresden Amen, not written by yours truly.
Alleluia (before the Gospel): music by Robert Twynham (you'll recognize it upon intonation)

(First Friday) IX-5 at 6 PM

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine (on sheets)
Psalm 37: The salvation of the just comes from the Lord, using Psalm Tone 8G
Offertory anthem: Cor Jesu Trinitatis, tune: "Gott soll Gepriesen" 
Communion anthem: Panis Angelicus, Hungarian tune from the Pius X Hymnal 
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning (on sheets)


Numbers given are in the red Worship hymnal.

Entrance hymn: All people that on earth do dwell, #669
- Same tune as the familiar Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.  May include some fanfares which come from an arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams known as The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune, which he wrote for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England.  Vaughan Williams described this setting (which, in some instances, called for "all available trumpets") as "a mess-up of Old Hundredth".

Psalm 95: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts, music by Owen Alstott (as written in the missalette within the readings of September 7)

Offertory hymn: Praise the Lord, you heav'ns, adore him, #529
- Could not find a "listen link" to give you for this one.  Sorry.  I tried.

Communion anthem: Ubi Caritas, Chant, Mode VI, #598
- You may join in the antiphon Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est (Where there is charity and love, God is there), if you wish.

Meditation hymn: To Christ, the Prince of Peace, #491 (Listen)

Recessional hymn: Jesus shall reign wheree'er the sun, #492 (Listen)