Sunday 1 March 10am – CHOIR

1st Sunday of Lent (A) Year of Matthew

Gen 2:7-9, 3.1-7; Rom 5:12-19; Mt 4:1-11


  • Mass setting: Missa Deus genitor alme (Gregorian)
  • Communio:  Scapulis suis obumbrabit tibi: The Lord will overshadow you with His shoulders, and under His wings you shall trust: His truth shall surround you with a shield.
  • Motet: Remember not Lord our offences* (Purcell)
  • Hymns: Lent prose Attende Domine; TIS 463 May this Lenten discipline LINDFIELD
  • Organ Prelude: TBA
  • Organ Offertorium: TBA
  • Organ Voluntary: TBA

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Remember not, Lord, our offences,
nor the offences of our forefathers;
neither take thou vengeance of our sins:
spare us, good Lord, spare thy people,
whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood,
and be not angry with us for ever.

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Wednesday 26 February 7pm – CHOIR

Ash Wednesday: Mass with Distribution of Ashes

Joel 2:12-18; 2Cor 5:20—6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 Ash Wednesday

  • Mass setting: Missa Deus genitor alme (Gregorian)
  • Motets: Emendemus in medius* (Byrd); Call to remembrance** (Farrant)
  • Communio: Qui meditabitur in lege Domini die ac nocte, dabit fructum suum in tempore suo. The one who meditates day and night on the law of the Lord, shall bear fruit in due season.
  • Hymns: Lent prose Attende Domine, et miserere Hear us O lord, and have mercy; TIS 591 Forty days and forty nights HEINLEIN

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Emendemus in melius quae ignoranter peccavimus;
ne subito praeoccupati die mortis,
quaeramus spatium poenitentiae, et invenire non possimus.
Attende, Domine, et miserere; quia peccavimus tibi.
Adjuva nos, Deus salutaris noster, et propter honorem nominis tui libera nos

Let us amend for the better in those things in which we have sinned through ignorance;
lest suddenly overtaken by the day of death,
we seek space for repentance, and be not able to find it.
Hearken, O Lord, and have mercy: for we have sinned against You.
Help us, O God of our salvation, and for the honour of Your name deliver us.

**Call to remembrance, O Lord,
Thy tender mercies
and Thy loving kindness,
which hath been ever of old,
O remember not the sins and offences of my youth:
but according to Thy mercy
think Thou on me, O Lord,
for Thy goodness.

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Sunday 23 February 10am – CHOIR

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Year of Matthew

Lev 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Cor 3:16-23; Mt 5:38-48


  • Mass setting: Missa Orbis Factor (Victoria)
  • Motet: Beati Quorum Via (StanfordBeati quorum via integra est, qui ambulant in lege Domini. Blessed are the undefiled in the way,who walk in the law of the Lord
  • Communio: Narrabo omnia mirabilia tua: laetabor, et exsulatabo in te: psallam nomini tuo, Altissime. I will relate all your wondrous deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing to the honour of your name, 0 Most High.
  • Hymns: TIS 341 My song is love unknown LOVE UNKNOWN; TIS 434 Where there is charity and love JEREMY
  • Organ Prelude: TBA
  • Organ Offertorium: TBA
  • Organ Voluntary: TBA

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 16 February 10am – CHOIR

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Year of Matthew

Sir 15:15-20; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Mt 5:17-37


  • Mass setting: Mass in A (Harold Darke)
  • Motet: Os justi*  (Bruckner)  
  • Communio: (Gregorian, ps 77) Manducaverunt et saturati sunt nimis, et desiderium eorum attulit eis Dominus: non sunt fraudati a desiderio suo. They ate and were fully satisfied; the Lord gave them all that they desired; they were not deprived of their wants
  • Hymns: TIS 102 Praise to the living God LEONI; TIS 641 This is my will, my one command SUANTRAI 
  • Organ Prelude: Prelude in ‘d’ BWV 539 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Organ Offertorium: Interlude in ‘D’ – Philip Moore (b. 1943)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fugue in ‘d’ BWV 539 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Os justi meditabitur sapientiam: et lingua ejus loquetur judicium. Lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius: et non supplantabuntur gressus ejus. Alleluia.

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and their tongue speaks what is just.
The law of their God is in their heart: and their feet do not falter. Alleluia.

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Sunday 9 February 10am – CANTOR

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Year of Matthew

Is 58:7-10; 1 Cor 2:1-5; Mt 5:13-16 Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven

Green banner ordinary time

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom (C.D. Smith)
  • Communio: Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetifcat juventum meam. I will go in to the altar of God, to the God who gives joy to my youth.
  • Motet: Father of Heaven* (from Judas Maccabeus, G.F. Handel)
  • Hymns: TIS 437 Blessed Jesus, at your word LIEBSTER JESUTIS 582 Lead, kindly light SANDON
  • Organ Prelude: Andante – Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785)
  • Organ Offertorium: Fughetta – Gustav Merkel (1827-1885)
  • Organ Voluntary: Final (from 4 Pieces) – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Cantor: Nicole Smeulders

*Father of Heaven from thy eternal throne,

Look with an eye of blessing down,

While we prepare with holy rites to solemnize the feast of lights.

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Sunday 2 February 10am – CHOIR

The Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)

Malachi 3:1-4; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 My eyes have seen your saving power


  • Mass setting: Missa aeterna Christi munera (Palestrina)
  • Motet: We wait for thy loving kindness, O God* (McKie)
  • Communio: Responsum accepit Simeon a Spiritu Sancto non visurum se mortem nisi videret Christum Domini. It was revealed to Simeon by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he first saw Christ the Lord.
  • Hymns: In his temple now behold him PRAISE MY SOUL; TIS 497 Let all mortal flesh be silent PICARDY
  • Organ Prelude: Prelude – Kyrie (Orbis Factor) – Feliks Nowowiekski (1877-1946)
  • Organ Offertorium: Air – Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • Organ Voluntary: Trio in ‘a’ – Johann L. Krebs (1713-1780)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*We wait for thy loving kindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple, Alleluia.
O God, according to thy name, so is thy praise unto the world’s end.
Thy right hand is full of righteousness, Alleluia.

We wait for thy loving kindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
O Lord, send us now prosperity, Amen.

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Come and sing with us at St Francis!

The Choir of St Francis of Assisi, Paddington is looking for new members.


Whether you are a soprano, alto, tenor or bass, we’d love some new friends to come and sing with us. We sing at 3 Sunday Masses per month, plus major feasts, and rehearse on Wednesday nights.

Have a listen to us singing and see the video below for more. Please contact the director of music, Noel Debien, on 0417 291 388 for more information.


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