Sunday, October 25, 2015


Coming up is the first of two consecutive three-day weekends at Sacred Heart.  All Saints (November 1) falls on a Sunday this year and takes place over the regularly-numbered Sunday of Ordered Time (in this case, XXXI).  Then, on Monday, November 2, All Souls (formal name, "Commemoration of All Faithful Departed", from the Latin as it appears in the Missale Romanum to this day, "in Commemoratione Omnium Fidelium Defunctorum").  Masses on All Souls are at 9 AM and 6:30 PM in the church.  The 6:30 Mass is where we have our remembrance for all those parishioners who died between All Souls 2014 and All Souls 2015.


All Saints
Saturday X-31-15 at 5 PM; Sunday XI-1-15 at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Sung Ordinary of the Mass: Messa Populare "Laus Tibi Christe", music by Federico Caudana
Alleluia: from the hymn Christ is the King, Worship, #500 (the versicle, obviously, will be as appointed in the Lectionary for the day, not from the hymn)
These are the settings for All Saints Day, and the three Sundays to follow (Sundays XXXII, XXXIII, and Christ the King, as well as Thanksgiving Day).

Entrance hymn: For all the saints, Worship, #705
Psalm 24: Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face, music by J. Robert Carroll (response) and Père Joseph Gelineau, SJ (versicles)
Offertory hymn: Holy, holy, holy, Worship, #485
Communion motet: Beati qui lugent, music by Lorenzo Perosi
- This motet (titled on Perosi's manuscript simply as "Mottetto") is really a prelude to the actual Proper Communion antiphon of the day.  The motet, from the Beatitudes (which is also the day's Gospel reading) is translated, Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be consoled.  The Communion Proper, continues, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God; blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God; blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Meditation hymn: Jerusalem, my happy home, Worship, #690
Recessional hymn: Christ is the King, Worship, #500

Commemoration of All Faithful Departed (All Souls)
Monday XI-2-15 at 9 AM and 6:30 PM

The music for this day will have many of the makings of a standard Requiem Mass.  After all, the Masses of All Souls and the Requiem (funeral) Mass are Masses for the Dead.

Sung Ordinary of the Mass: Mass XVIII (with the "pro defunctis" alterations of the Agnus Dei, that is, Dona eis requiem (Grant them rest) in place of Miserere nobis, and Dona eis requiem sempiternam (Grant them eternal rest) in place of Dona nobis pacem.  (Memorial Acclamation is the chant "Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine", and the Amen is adapted from the beginning of the Sanctus from Mass VIII, all of which we've sung and sung often).  The Gloria is omitted.
Alleluia: music by Theodore Marier (which we used last Summer)

Entrance chant: Requiem aeternam, Chant, Mode VI
- Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.  Translation: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  (I love, by the way, how the Latin ejus, and its forms ei, eis, eum, etc. translates for the third person singular AND plural, masculine AND feminine!)  Unlike our funeral Masses in which we only chant the response as Father and servers process to the back of the church to bless a casket, at today's Mass we will also chant the versicle.
Psalm 23: My shepherd is the Lord, nothing indeed shall I want, music by Père Joseph Gelineau, SJ
Offertory hymn: Jesus, Son of Mary, Maroon, #223 (tune is that of Adoro Te Devote)
Communion proper: Lux aeterna, Chant, Mode VIII
- Translation: May eternal light shine on them, O Lord, with your saints for ever, for you are good.
Communion anthem: Pie Jesu, music by Gabriel Faure (6:30 PM only; 9 AM TBD)
Recessional hymn: In Paradisum, Worship #178, in Latin
- Translation: May the angels lead you into Paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the holy city, Jerusalem.  May choirs of angels welcome you, where Lazarus is no longer poor.  May you have eternal rest.

The second three-day weekend, which will be posted next week, includes First Friday (Sacred Heart Community Mass) on November 6.


Monday, October 19, 2015


Know your Roman numerals - Sunday XXX as in Sunday 30, not "triple-X rated". ;)

Another style of Responsorial Psalm

In a post a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the style of Psalm settings often used in some larger, more prominent churches, in which the first half of the Psalm versicle is sung in basic chant by a semichoir, followed by the second half sung to a more complex tone in harmony.

Today I will blog here on another style of Psalm setting, and we sang this style last weekend.  That is the "one-beat-per-bar" setting.  In the 1950's and 1960's, Père Joseph Gelineau (1920-2008, no relation to our former bishop that I know of), a Jesuit priest from France, wrote settings of the Psalms in his native French, incorporating musical settings that were meant to be sung "one-beat-per-bar".  These settings were later used for English translations of the Psalms from The Grail.  One of the most popular Gelineau Psalms is used mainly for funeral Masses, Psalm 23: My shepherd is the Lord, nothing indeed shall I want.  These Psalms are found, on the most part, in the red Worship hymnal that we use, in the back half of the hymnal, with the readings.  When I post such a setting, and it's in Worship, I post the number here.

This Sunday's Psalm setting (Psalm 126), though not one-beat-per-bar (it's more chant-like), is by Alfred Calabrese.  The versicles begin with a melody similar to last Sunday's Gelineau Psalm.  The response begins with a melody resembling the Advent chant, Conditor Alme Siderum (Creator of the Stars of Night).


Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia: same as previous few weeks (final week)
All numbers given are in the red Worship hymnal.

Entrance hymn: Holy, holy, holy, #485
Psalm 126: The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy, music by Alfred Calabrese
Offertory hymn: Your hands, O Lord, in days of old, #750
Communion anthem: O that I had a thousand voices, tune: Metzner.
- Though being sung as a choir anthem, you may join in.  It's in Worship, #546.
Meditation hymn: Mary, how lovely the light of your glory, #711
- The tune, Chance, is composed by Colin Mawby, who wrote this absolutely gorgeous setting of the Ave Verum.  This piece, for your listening pleasure, is performed by the choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah (they are to the west as St. Paul's in Cambridge, MA, is to the east, in terms of having a top notch choir school).
Recessional hymn: Sing praise to the Lord, #539


Wednesday, October 14, 2015



Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia same as previous two weeks.

Entrance hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the height, Maroon, #343, first tune
Psalm 33: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you, music by Richard Proulx (response) and Père Joseph Gelineau, SJ (versicles)
Offertory hymn: When I survey the wondrous cross, Maroon, #337
Communion anthem: Soul of my Savior, music by William J. Maher, arr. from the Pius X Hymnal
Meditation hymn: Thou art the way, Maroon, #361 (Listen)
Recessional hymn: Lift high the cross, Worship, #704


Wednesday, October 7, 2015


A little tidbit about the Responsorial Psalm settings we use at Sacred Heart:

As some may notice as of late (at Masses where there are singers other than myself), there are a good amount of Psalm settings in which the verses (properly known as "versicles") are split between myself and the singers.  These settings reflect that pattern used often by a good number of churches that have good, solid music programs (including larger choirs).  Amongst those, as I have witnessed, are prominent churches - St. Paul's in Cambridge, MA (home of the choir school founded by Theodore Marier, whose name I have mentioned in previous posts here), the Church of Our Savior in New York City (their music director, Paul Murray, is an alumnus of the aforementioned St. Paul's), the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC (I've heard such settings as written by their esteemed music director, Dr. Peter Latona), and, of course, at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

In this pattern, the first half of the verse is sung either solo or by a semi-choir, usually a men's schola, in unison (thus my voice).  This is usually one of the basic Gregorian Psalm Tones.  The second half of the verse is then sung by the choir, in harmony (thus our two female singers' voices).  This second half is usually written to more complex tones, often set by the composer of the response.

Such settings used here include those by Sam Schmitt (it is his Psalm 90 setting we will sing this weekend), Theodore Marier, and more recent settings of my own (including the Psalm 19 setting we sang two weeks ago).

Ad Majorem Dei Gloria (For the Greater Glory of God)!


Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia: same as last week
Numbers given are in the red Worship hymnal.

Entrance hymn: Sing praise to God who reigns above, #528
Psalm 90: Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy, music by Sam Schmitt
Offertory hymn: Come we that love the Lord, #552 (Listen)
- The listen link is to another hymn text, Rejoice, ye pure in heart, but the tune is correct.
Communion anthem: O sacrum convivium, music by Roberto Remondi
Meditation hymn, O Sanctissima, #712
Recessional hymn: Immaculate Mary, #708


Thursday, October 1, 2015

THE THREE-DAY WEEKEND (plus Devotions)


Sung Ordinary of the Mass: same as previous weeks, that is, my own Holy Angels Mass.  How appropriate (little did I realize until today): this Friday is also the Memorial of the Guardian Angels.  What a coincidence!
Alleluia: music by Robert Twynham (setting for the month of October)

First Friday - Sacred Heart Community Mass
Memorial: Guardian Angels
Friday X-2 at 6 PM

Entrance hymn: O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine, on sheets provided
Psalm 79: For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us, set to Psalm Tone 8G
Offertory hymn: Ye watchers and ye holy ones, Worship, #707
Communion anthem: Panis Angelicus, music by Cesar Franck
Recessional hymn: To Jesus' Heart, all-burning, on sheets provided

Sunday XXVII of Ordered Time
Saturday X-3 at 5 PM; Sunday X-4 at 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM

Entrance hymn: Come, now, almighty King, Worship, #487
Psalm 128: May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives, music by Richard Rice
Offertory hymn: O God, our help in ages past, Worship, #579
Communion anthem: Jesu, joy of man's desiring, music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Meditation hymn: Ave Maria (chant, Mode I), Worship, #713
Recessional hymn: Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, Worship, #702

Devotions to Mary - Rosary and Benediction
Tuesdays in October (X-6, 13, 20, and 27) at 7 PM

Entrance hymn: Immaculate Mary, Worship, #708
- O Salutaris Hostia, music by Anthony Werner
Rosary and Litany are prayed.
- Tantum Ergo, music by Oreste Ravanello
As the Blessed Sacrament is returned to the Tabernacle: Adoremus in aeternum Sanctissimum Sacramentum, Chant, Mode V (We adore for ever the Most Holy Sacrament).
Recessional hymn: Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, Worship, #702