A New Organ for St Francis of Assisi, Paddington

Help ensure the future of Music and Worship in Paddington. 

Become an organ donor: sponsor parts without losing any yourself!

image001The current electronic organ has been servicing our parish for well over twenty years and needs replacing.

The new organ in St Francis, Paddington will be a digital pipe organ, with world-class instruments recorded and stored in the new instrument’s computer. This process uses software known as ‘Hauptwerk’.

You might like to donate one of the parts of the organ, perhaps in memory of a loved one, and have their name written on the memorial board for special intentions, which will be located on the new console.

More information can be found on the choir website here


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Sunday 18 November 10am – CHOIR

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Year of Mark

Dan 12:1-3; Heb 10:11-14,18; Mk 13:24-32


  • Mass setting: Missa Brevis in F (Gabrieli)
  • Motet: Denn Er hat seinen Engeln* (Mendelssohn) 
  • Communio: Amen dico vobis: Amen I say to you, whatever you ask in your prayers, believe that you shall receive it, and it shall be granted unto you
  • Hymns: Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour BRYN CALFARIA, Christ is the world’s redeemer MOVILLE
  • Organ Prelude: Folk Tune – Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
  • Organ Offertorium: Trio in ‘C’ – Heinrich Reimann (1850-1906)
  • Organ Voluntary: Passacaglia – Josef Rheinberger (1839- 1901)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Denn Er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir,
daß sie dich behüten auf allen deinen Wegen,
daß sie dich auf den Händen tragen
und du deinen Fuß nicht an einen Stein stoßest.

For he shall give his angels charge over you: to keep you in all your ways.
They shall bear you in their hands: that you not hurt your foot against a stone.
Psalm 91:11.12

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Sunday 11 November 10am – CANTOR

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Year of Mark

1 Kng 17:10-16; Heb 9:24-28; Mk 12:38-44

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  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom (C.D. Smith)
  • Offertory Motet: He shall feed his flock* (from Messiah, G.F. Handel)
  • Communio: (Ps 23) Dominus regit me, et nihil mihi deerit in locu pascuae ibi me The Lord is my shepherd, therefore I lack nothing, in pastures green he leads me to refresh me
  • Hymns: TIS 386 By your Kingly power, O Risen Lord RUGGIERO; TIS 539 Gift of finest wheat FINEST WHEAT
  • Organ Prelude: In Memoriam – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
  • Organ Offertorium: Abide with us, O Lord Jesus Christ – Marcel Dupre (1886-1971)
  • Organ Voluntary: Elegy – George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*He shall feed his flock (from Messiah, G.F. Handel)
Then shall the eyes of the blind be open,
And the ears of the deaf unstopped
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart
And the tongue of the dumb shall sing.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd
And He shall gather the lambs with His arms
And carry them in His bosom
And gently lead those that are with young.
(Isaiah 40:11)


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Sunday 4 November 10am – CHOIR

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Year of Mark

Deut 6:2-6; Heb 7:23-28; Mk 12:28-34 The Greatest Commandment Jesus_teaching_fresco

  • Mass setting: Mass in A (H. Darke)
  • Motet: Greater Love hath no man* (Ireland)
  • Communio: Gregorian, Ps 15) Notas mihi fecisti vias vitae: adimplebis me laetitia cum vultu tuo, Domine You have made know unto me the ways of life; you will fill me with joy at the sight of your countenance O Lord.
  • Hymns: TIS 217 Love Divine all loves excelling HYFRYDOL; TIS 641 This is my will, my one command SUANTRAI
  • Organ Prelude: Prière – Eric Satie (1866-1925)
  • Organ Offertorium: Antienne du 1er mode – Vincent d’ Indy (1851-1931)
  • Organ Voluntary: Placare Christe Servulus – Marcel Dupre (1886-1971)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it. Love is strong as death.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
That we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.
Ye are washed, ye are sanctified, ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation;
That ye should show forth the praises of him who hath call’d you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto to God, which is your reasonable service.

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Sunday 28 October 10am – CHOIR

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Year of Mark

Jer 31:7-9; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52 Master, let me see again. Jesus_Blind_Bartimaeus

  • Mass setting: Missa Orbis Factor (Victoria)
  • Motet: Tu lumen et splendor Patris (Victoria)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, ps 19) Laetabimur in salutari tuo: et in nomini Domini Dei nostri magnificabimur We shall rejoice in your salvation; and in the name of the lord our God we shall place our pride
  • Hymns: TIS 446 Glorious things of you are spoken ABBOT’S LEIGH; TIS 145 The king of love my shepherd is DOMINUS REGIT ME
  • Organ Prelude: Canzona XXI – Fiorenzo Maschera (1540-1584)
  • Organ Offertorium: The Angel’s Song – Peter Hurford (b. 1930)
  • Organ Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in ‘A’ BWV 536 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Tu lúmen et spléndor Pátris, 
tu spes perénnis ómnium: 
inténde quas fúndunt préces túi 
per órbem sérvuli.
O light and splendor of the Father,
O eternal hope of all:
Hear the prayers your servants offer
for the world.
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Sunday 21 October 10am – CHOIR

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Year of Mark

Is 53:10-11; Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45 Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant 


  • Mass setting: Missa Alme Pater (Andrew Millington)
  • Motet: Meditabor in mandatis tuis (Palaestrina)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Ps 8) Domine Dominus noster, quam admirabile est nomen tuum in universa terra O Lord our governor, how admirable is your name in all the earth
  • Hymns: TIS 347 We sing the praise of him who died BOW BRICKHILL; Sweet Sacrament Divine DIVINUM MYSTERIUM 
  • Organ Prelude: Prelude in ‘a’ – Gustav Merkel (1827-1885)
  • Organ Offertorium: Récit de Nazard (1681/2-1738)
  • Organ Voluntary: Cornet Voluntary in ‘G’ Henry Heron (c.1730-c.1795)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Meditabor in mandatis tuis, quae dilexi valde:
et levabo manus meas ad mandata tua, quae dilexi.

My delight shall be in your commandments, which I have loved exceedingly: and I will lift up my hands to your commandments, which I have loved.

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Sunday 14 October 10am – CANTOR

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Year of Mark

Wis 7:7-11; Heb 4:12-13; Mk 10:17-30 Go sell everything you own, and come follow me 

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  • Mass setting: Roman Missal
  • Communio:  Aufer a me opprobrium et contemptum, quia mandata tua exquisivi, Domine: nam et testimonia tua meditatio mea est. Remove from me all scorn and contempt, for I have kept your commandments; for your law is the object of my meditation.
  • Hymns: TIS 474 Here in the place GATHER US IN; Be not afraid BE NOT AFRAIDTIS 560(i) All my hope on God is founded MICHAEL
  • Organ Prelude: Meditation on ‘Maria zu lieben’ – Vernon Griffiths (1894-1985)
  • Organ Offertorium: Verse on the 4th Tone – Giovanni Maria Trabaci (c. 1575-1647)
  • Organ Voluntary: Benedicamus Domino – Domenico Bellando (1868-1922)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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