Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PALM SUNDAY of the Lord's Passion

At all Masses this weekend except for the 7:30, we will have on hand our brass trio (Ed Lapierre, Gerry Heroux, and Doug Wood), and an additional voice, tenor Christopher Cate (he debuted with us last Christmas) joining soprano Elaine Previte, alto Kate Warrener, and yours truly on bass.

Much of the music is a repeat of last year's Palm Sunday.  Click here for that list, where you can find translations of the Latin pieces.


Entrance chant (Introit):
- at 7:30: Hosanna Filio David, chant, Mode VII
- all other Masses: Pueri Haebraeorum, musical setting by Franz Schubert, taken from his Six Palm Sunday Acclamations
Procession of the Palms (after the Gospel): All glory, laud, and honor, Maroon, #62
Gospel Acclamation: Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, setting by yours truly, based on the Mode I Vexilla Regis 
Kneel/Pause (during the Passion): Adoramus Te, Christe, music by Theodore Dubois, from his The Seven Last Words of Christ 
Offertory hymn: O sacred Head, sore wounded, Maroon, #75
- at 7:30: the basic chant from Mass XVIII
- all other Masses: setting by Franz Schubert, from his Six Palm Sunday Acclamations 
Memorial Acclamation: Save us, Savior of the world, music by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, set for the current edition of the Roman Missal in English
- NOTE: It's the setting we've sung throughout Lent
Amen: based on the Sanctus of Mass VIII
Agnus Dei:
- at 7:30: the basic chant from Mass XVIII
- all other Masses: Messa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe", music by Federico Caudana
Communion anthem: Surely he hath borne our griefs, music by G.F. Handel, from Messiah
Recessional hymn: To Jesus Christ, our sov'reign King, Worship, #497

I will post the music for the Sacred Triduum shortly after this weekend.

Thursday, March 19, 2015



Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Gospel Acclamation: same as the last few Sundays

All numbers given are in the Maroon hymnal.

Entrance hymn: When I survey the wondrous cross, #337
Psalm 51: Create a clean heart in me, O God, music by yours truly, adapted from the Mode I chant, Parce, Domine
Offertory hymn: Abide with me, #467
Communion anthem: My God, my Father, while I stray, music by A.H. Troyte and Nicola Montani
Meditation hymn: At the Name of Jesus, #356, first tune
Recessional hymn: There is a green hill far away, #65, first tune


Tuesday, March 17, 2015


This Thursday (March 19), we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with Holy Mass at 9 AM, and some tasty Zeppoles downstairs afterward.

Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Gospel Acclamation same as the previous four Sundays, with one addition: the Gloria from Mass VIII.  Though the Gloria is usually omitted during Lent, it is included only on Solemnities.  There are only two Solemnities in Lent: St. Joseph (March 19) and the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25).  Those solemnities are moved, however if they fall on a Sunday or during Holy Week.

See last year's post for listen links.

Entrance hymn: Joseph, be our guide and pattern, Worship, #693
Psalm 89: The Son of David will live for ever, music written by the trio of me, myself, and I
Offertory hymn: Come now and praise the humble saint, Worship, #694
Communion hymn: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All, Worship, #488
Recessional hymn: Holy Patron, thee saluting, Missalette, #108

Some time Thursday afternoon, I'll have the weekend music posted.


Thursday, March 12, 2015


Click here for my explanation of Laetare Sunday from two years ago.


This weekend, we are doing a rare 50/50 split between the two hymnals, using two hymns from the maroon hymnal and two from the red Worship hymnal.

Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Gospel Acclamation: same as previous three Sundays

Entrance hymn: We sing the praise of him who died, Maroon #340
Psalm 137: Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you, music by yours truly
Offertory hymn: Hail, thou once-despised Jesus, Maroon #357 (Listen)
- In the listen link given, you will hear the congregation sing different words, but the tune is correct.  One of the easier tunes in that three of the four lines of the hymn use the same melody (AABA).
Communion anthem:
- 5:00 (Sat.) and 11:15: God so loved the world, by Sir John Stainer, from his The Crucifixion.
- 7:30 AM: same, but as an organ instrumental
- 9:00 AM: How Great Thou Art
Meditation hymn: Amazing grace, Worship #583
Recessional hymn: Lift high the cross, Worship, #704


Wednesday, March 4, 2015



This weekend we will be using a new hymn (with a new-to-you tune) as the meditation hymn for the weekend's Masses (Third Sunday of Lent).  The hymn is Behold the Lamb of God, and it is sung to the tune Wigan, written by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (who is also famous for the tune Aurelia, which goes with The Church's one foundation).  His grandfather, Charles Wesley, wrote many hymn texts that are used widely in many Christian denominations, including Roman Catholic.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE TUNE.  This will give you an idea how it will sound this weekend at Holy Mass.  The hymn is in the Maroon hymnal, #338.  (Note: the first 16 seconds is introduction, thus the hymn begins at the 17-second mark.)


Ordinary of the Mass and Gospel Acclamation: same as the past two weekends for all Masses.

First Friday: Sacred Heart Community Mass
III-6-15 at 6:30 PM 

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine, on sheets provided
Psalm 105: Remember the marvels the Lord has done, sung to Psalm Tone 2D
Offertory anthem: Jesu, Salvator noster, music by Carlo Rossini
Communion hymn: Attende, Domine, Worship, #414 (in Latin)
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning, on sheets provided

Third Sunday of Lent
III-7-15 at 5 PM; III-8-15 at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM 

Entrance hymn: Lord Christ, when thou first cam'st to men, Maroon, #522 (Listen)
- You may recognize the tune.  The text may be "new-to-you" (as the used car salesmen like to say), but the tune is the same as another hymn we sang just a few weeks ago: Sing praise to God who reigns above.  The tune is called Mit Freuden Zart in the Worship hymnal, but Bohemian Brethren in the Maroon hymnal.  They are the same.  (Side note: the Maroon hymnal was published in the midst of World War II; the name of the book is The Hymnal 1940, but was actually published in 1943. Due to conflicts with Germany at the time, many German tune names were altered to either a city name, or an alternate title in English or Latin.)
Psalm 19: Lord, you have the words of everlasting life, music by Richard Proulx (response) and Pére Joseph Gelineau, SJ (versicles), Worship, #794
Offertory hymn: When I survey the wondrous cross, Maroon, #337
Communion anthem: Jesu, Salvator noster, music by Carlo Rossini
Meditation hymn: Behold the Lamb of God, Maroon, #338
- Scroll to top for "New Hymn Tune" and listen link.
Recessional hymn: Jesus, Lover of my soul, Maroon, #415, first tune (Listen)