Thursday, July 30, 2015


...of the Patrons of Fornelli, SS. Pietro Martire e Domenico Abate!

The brass trio will be on hand at the 5 PM Mass this Saturday.  Dinner up the street (West Valley Inn) follows.  I hope that stretch of Providence Street near our church is finally paved.  I went to the church this morning, then used Wakefield Street to go to town from there.


Although the Mass honoring SS. Pietro e Domenico is on Saturday, the music will be the same (on the most part) for all the weekend Masses.

Sung Ordinary of the Mass: Messa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe", music by Federico Caudana
- This weekend only.  Next weekend it's back to English (KISS = "Keep it Simple Summer")
- At the 5:00 Mass, the Memorial Acclamation will be in Italian!
Alleluia (for August and September): a rather pompous rendition of an alleluia set to music by Fr. Lucien Deiss, C.S.Sp.  (The brass even get a part in this on Saturday!)

Numbers given are in the red hymnal ("Worship").

Entrance hymn: For all the saints, #705
Psalm 78: The Lord gave them bread from heaven, music by Richard Rice
Offertory hymn: By all your saints still striving, #706
Communion anthem: I cieli immensi, music by Benedetto Marcello
- "The heavens declare the glory of God..." (Psalm 19) is the translation.
Meditation hymn: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All, #488
Recessional hymn: Holy God, we praise thy Name, #524


Thursday, July 23, 2015



Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia: same as previous few weeks.
- (Alleluia will change next week!)

All numbers given are in the maroon hymnal, except where noted.

Entrance hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, #279
Psalm 145: The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs, music by Frs. Columba Kelly, OSB, and Joseph Gelineau, SJ, can be followed in Worship, #914
Offertory hymn: Father, we thank thee who hast planted, #195
Communion anthem: O Sacrum Convivium, music by Roberto Remondi
Meditation hymn: O God, unseen, yet ever near, #198, first tune
- Same tune as the familiar Lenten staple, Lord, who throughout these forty days.
Recessional hymn: Now thank we all our God, #276


Wednesday, July 15, 2015




Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia: same as previous two Sundays

All numbers given are in the maroon hymnal ("The Hymnal").

Entrance hymn: To the Name of our salvation, #326
Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want, music by Owen Alstott
- setting as written in the missalette under "July 19"
Offertory hymn: The King of love my shepherd is, #345 (first tune)
Communion anthem: He shall feed his flock, from "Messiah", by George Frederick Handel
Meditation hymn: God himself is with us, #477 (verses 1 and 3)
Recessional hymn: O Jesus, I have promised, #570 (second tune)


Wednesday, July 8, 2015


On my composer blog, Christus Vincit Music, I wrote a primer on Roman numerals that might interest some, as I have a tendency of using Roman numerals for dates and feasts.

So, without further ado...


Sung Ordinary of the Mass:
- Gloria (if sung): Mass VIII (Latin)
- Sanctus through Agnus Dei: Community Mass, music by Richard Proulx (English)
Alleluia: music by Theodore Marier

Numbers given are in the red Worship hymnal.

Entrance hymn: Christ is made the sure foundation, #617
Psalm 85: Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation, music by yours truly
Offertory hymn: Go, make of all disciples, #628
Communion anthem: To you I lift my soul, text based on Psalm 25 by John Dunn (Theodore Marier's assistant, and later successor, at the St. Paul Choir School in Cambridge, MA; Dunn was later succeeded by the current music director and headmaster, John Robinson), music by John Ireland
Meditation hymn: How shall they hear the word of God, #629 (Listen)
Recessional hymn: Christ is the King, #500


Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Happy and blessed Independence Day to all reading this!  Enjoy the holiday, but remember to stop in for Mass (after all, it is our obligation as Catholics), bask in our beautiful air conditioning, and thank the Good Lord for his will for us to be free to live as Americans and, most of all, to live as Catholics, while partaking in the Holy Eucharist, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.


First Friday - Sacred Heart Community Mass
Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle
July 3 - 6 PM

Sung Ordinary of the Mass: Community Mass, music by Richard Proulx
- This will be the Mass setting for July and August.  We've used it a few times now.  It is in English.
Alleluia: setting by Theodore Marier (the Alleluia we've been singing the past month)

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine, on sheet provided
Psalm 117: Go out to all the world and tell the Good News, music by yours truly, based on the chant melody most often sung with the Benediction response, Adoremus in aeternum Sanctissimum Sacramentum (We adore for ever the Most Blessed Sacrament).
Offertory hymn: Panis Angelicus, Hungarian tune
Communion hymn: Adoro Te Devote, Worship #489, in Latin
- The fourth verse is an allusion from the Gospel reading of the doubting Thomas: Plagas, sicut Thomas, non intueor: Deum tamen meum te confiteor.  Fac me tibi semper magis credere, In te spem habere, te diligere.  This verse, as translated by Gerard Manley Hopkins in his translation (Godhead here in hiding), goes thus: I am not like Thomas, wounds I cannot see, But I plainly call thee Lord and God as he.  This faith each day deeper be my holding of; Daily make me harder hope and dearer love.  Oh, and I should mention that this hymn text, as well as the text of the offertory hymn, are written by another St. Thomas - St. Thomas Aquinas, in the 13th century.
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning, on sheet provided

Sunday XIV (of Ordered Time)
July 4 - 5 PM / July 5 - 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia: same as above (Gloria, if sung, is from Mass VIII).
Hymn numbers are in the red Worship hymnal.  (Yes, we have some patriotic hymns, too!)

Entrance hymn: God of our fathers, #764
Psalm 123: Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy, music by Theodore Marier
Offertory hymn: America the Beautiful, #763
Communion anthem: Jesu, the very thought of thee, tune: St. Botolph 
- This is the first anthem I got to sing as an 11-year-old (tenor) chorister at the former Holy Trinity Church in Central Falls.  This choir of boys and men sang the 10:45 Mass every Sunday under the direction of longtime colleague and mentor, Reuel Gifford, assisted by another longtime colleague and mentor, Br. Enoch John Valentine.
Meditation hymn: To Christ, the Prince of Peace, #491
Recessional hymn: Battle Hymn of the Republic, #686