Friday, November 28, 2014



Ordinary Form (Sat. 5 PM / Sun. 7:30, 9, 11:15 AM)

Sung Ordinary of the Mass:
- Gloria is omitted during Advent, except on Immaculate Conception, the only Solemnity in Advent.
- Sanctus and Agnus Dei are from Mass XVIII (the simple chant Mass)
- Memorial Acclamation: Mortem tuam annuntiamus Domine 
- Amen: adapted from the beginning of the Sanctus from Mass VIII

Alleluia during Advent: adapted from the mode IV chant Conditor Alme Siderum ("Creator of the stars of night"

All numbers given are in the Maroon hymnal.
Entrance hymn: Lo! he comes with clouds descending, #5 (second tune)
Psalm 80: Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved, Gregory Evans
Offertory hymn: Rejoice, rejoice, believers, #4
Communion anthem: To you I lift my soul, text by John Dunn, music by John Ireland
Meditation hymn: The King shall come when morning dawns, #11
Recessional hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel, #2

Extraordinary Form Low Mass (Sun. 12:30 PM)

Entrance hymn: Lo! he comes with clouds descending, #5 (second tune)
Offertory: organ improvisation on Conditor Alme Siderum 
Communion hymn: Veni, veni, Emmanuel, mode I
Recessional hymn: Rejoice, rejoice, believers, #4


Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving to all family, friends, parishioners, co-workers (singers and horn section, as well as other parish staff), and of course our pastor, Father Bucci.  I thank you all for another great year of music and your support thereof, and I wish blessings on all who read this.

Also a Happy Thanksgiving to some of my favorite visiting priests who have said Mass here on occasion, some more than others: namely Father Albert Marcello, Father Chris Feeney, Father Derek Puleo, and Father Peter Mongeon.

Today I post the music for our 9 AM Thanksgiving Day Mass, in the Ordinary Form.  I will have the hymns in time to post this weekend's music (First Sunday of Advent in both forms) on Friday.


Sung Ordinary of the Mass: Laus Tibi Christe (for one final time until June).
- Note: Gloria is omitted.
Alleluia: from Christ is the King, Worship, #500

Entrance hymn: We gather together, Maroon, #315
Psalm 113: Blessed be the Name of the Lord for ever, Psalm Tone 8G
Offertory hymn: Come, ye thankful people, come, Maroon, #137
Communion anthem: Sing to the Lord of harvest, tune: "Wie Lieblich ist der Maien"
Meditation hymn: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All, Worship, #488
Recessional hymn: Now thank we all our God, Worship, #560


Thursday, November 20, 2014


Some more of that Ordinary versus Extraordinary:

As I had mentioned in posts last month, the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (actual full name of the feast, translated from the Latin given in the Roman Missal) was celebrated on the last Sunday of October for those attending Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  This Sunday, we celebrate that feast for those attending Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form, with our brass trio on hand for the 5:00 Saturday Mass and the 9:00 and 11:15 Sunday Masses.

In the Extraordinary Form, we are celebrating the Last - not the 24th, but the LAST - Sunday after Pentecost.  You see, in the Ordinary Form, the numbered Sundays of the Year always end with 33 (Christ the King begins, actually, the 34th Week).  That is because those numbered Sundays fall, not only after Pentecost, but after Epiphany as well.  So, the end result turns up the same.  In the Extraordinary Form, the number of Sundays after Pentecost vary because Pentecost is a movable feast that depends on another movable date - Easter.  However, regardless of how many Sundays after Pentecost there are, the last Sunday before Advent is always marked as "Last Sunday after Pentecost", with its own set of readings to bring that season to an end.


Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Ordinary Form)
Saturday (XI-22) at 5 PM*, Sunday (XI-23) at 7:30, 9*, and 11:15* AM
* indicates those Masses at which our Brass Trio will be on hand.

Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia: same as the past two weekends.

Entrance hymn: Lo! he comes with clouds descending, Maroon, #5 (second tune) (Listen)
Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want, music by Owen Alstott
- the setting from the missalette with the readings for November 23
Offertory hymn: Christ is the King, Worship, #500
- the hymn from which comes the Alleluia before the Gospel.
Communion anthem: Laudate Dominum, music by Giuseppe Pitoni
Meditation hymn: Tantum Ergo, Worship, #758 (in Latin)
Recessional hymn: To Jesus Christ, our sov'reign King, Worship, #497


Last Sunday after Pentecost (Extraordinary Form Low Mass)

Entrance hymn: God has spoken by his prophets, Worship #516 (Listen)
- Text sung in the listen link is different, but that IS the tune.
Offertory: organ improvisation on theme TBD
Communion hymn: Ave Verum, Worship #730 (with organ improvisations between lines)
Recessional hymn: The King shall come when morning dawns, Worship #373 (Listen)


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SUNDAY XXXIII (of Ordered Time) / XXIII (after Pentecost)

Back to the sequence of numbered Sundays of the Year (Ordinary Form) and after Pentecost (Extraordinary Form).  In just two weeks from this Sunday, we'll be approaching Advent.


I just finished putting my binder together for the Masses of Christmas.  This year, as part of our 20-minute prelude before each Mass, we'll be singing, not one, not two, but THREE songs in Italian.  Two of them may be familiar to a good number of you (Tu scendi dalle stelle and Bel Bambino).  The third one I am trying my hand at for the first time, and I like the way it sounds (I think you will, too).  It's called La Pastorale di Couperin.  The composer's name eludes me (my music is in the trunk of my car as I write this).  We will also be doing one song in Latin (Tollite Hostias by Camille Saint-Saëns), and one in English (Coventry Carol, arrangement from The Oxford Book of Carols).  We end the prelude with a French piece as organ and brass come together to perform Noël Suisse by Louis-Claude Daquin.

So now, without further ado...


Sunday XXXIII of Ordered Time (Ordinary Form)
Sat. 5 PM / Sun. 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM 
Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia: same as last weekend.
Numbers given are in the Maroon hymnal ("The Hymnal").

Entrance hymn: Rejoice, rejoice, believers, #4 (Listen)
Psalm 128: Blessed are those who fear the Lord, music by Richard Rice
Offertory hymn: Wake, awake, for night is flying, #3 (Listen)
Communion anthem: God of Gods, we sound his praises, tune: In Babilone
- In Babilone, a hymn tune of Dutch origin, is a commonly-used tune for the hymns There's a wideness in God's mercy and See, the conqu'ror mounts in triumph.  The text, a 1970 paraphrase by Timothy Dudley-Smith, comes from the Latin Te Deum Laudamus.
Meditation hymn: Jesus, Son of Mary, #223
Recessional hymn: Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates, #484

Sunday XXIII after Pentecost (Extraordinary Form)
Sun. 12:30 PM (Low Mass)

Numbers given are in the Red "Worship" hymnal.
Entrance hymn: O God, our help in ages past, #579
Offertory: organ improvisation on theme TBD
Communion hymn: Adoro Te devote, Chant, Mode V
Recessional hymn: Your hands, O Lord, in days of old, #750


Thursday, November 6, 2014



Ordinary of the Mass (for ALL Ordinary Form Masses from here up through Christ the King, November 23): Missa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe", music by Federico Caudana
Alleluia (also for ALL Ordinary Form Masses through Christ the King): from the hymn Christ is the King (Worship, #500).  The verse will be the verse of the day, using Psalm Tone 8G.

FIRST FRIDAY: Sacred Heart Community Mass; XI-7-14 6 PM
Ordinary Form

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine, on sheet provided
Psalm 122: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord, response music by yours truly
Offertory anthem: Cor Jesu, Cor Amabile
Communion hymn: Panis Angelicus, music by Louis Lambillotte (Listen)
- This setting, though not as familiar as that of Cesar Franck, may be familiar to some as well.
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning, on sheet provided

This feast is celebrated in BOTH forms on November 9.  Since it falls on a Sunday this year, it trumps the 32nd Sunday of Ordered Time in the Ordinary Form and the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost in the Extraordinary Form.  In both forms, numbers given are in the Maroon hymnal.

XI-8-14 5 PM; XI-9-14 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM - Ordinary Form 

Entrance hymn: Christ is made the sure foundation, #780
Psalm 46: The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High, music by Owen Alstott (as written in the missalette, along with the readings for November 9)
Offertory hymn: The Church's one foundation, #396
Communion anthem: Jesu, joy of man's desiring, music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Meditation hymn: Thou, who at thy first Eucharist didst pray, #191
- The text here is the original form of the hymn that is often seen as At that first Eucharist before you died (see Worship, #733).  The tune we will be using will be that of At that first Eucharist.  So, follow #191 in Maroon for the text, but sing the more familiar tune.
Recessional hymn: Let saints on earth in concert sing, #397 (Listen)
- This tune, taken from the Scottish Psalter of 1615, is also used for a more widely-used hymn, God moves in a mysterious way.

XI-9-14 12:30 PM - Extraordinary Form (Low Mass) 

Entrance hymn: The Church's one foundation, #396
Offertory music: organ improvisation on the tune Werde Munter, the hymn tune on which J.S. Bach's arrangement many choirs sing with joy as Jesu, joy of man's desiring, is based.  Another hymn we have sung, Come with us, O blessed Jesus (Maroon, #211), is also sung to that tune, using Bach's harmony, but without the organ embellishments before, after, and in between lines of hymn.  My improvisation for this Mass will be based on the basic Werde Munter tune of Johan Schop, who died in 1667, 18 years before the birth of Bach.
Communion hymn: Caelestis urbs Jerusalem, Chant, Mode I
- The vesper hymn for the Dedication of a Church, as found in the Liber Usualis, page 1248
Recessional hymn: Christ is made the sure foundation, #780