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 16 December 10am – CHOIR

3rd Sunday of Advent – GAUDETE (C) Year of Luke

Zeph 3:14-18; Phil 4:4-7; Lk 3:10-18 – What must we do?

John Baptist Gaudete2

  • Introit: Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete: modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus prope est… Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all people. The Lord is at hand. Do not be anxious over anything, but in all manner of prayer, let your requests be made known unto God.
  • Mass setting: Mass for 5 Voices (W. Byrd)
  • Motet: O thou the central orb* (Orlando Gibbons)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Is 35.4)  Dicite pusillanimes confortamini et nollite timere: ecce Deus noster veniet, et salvabit nos Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is our God.
  • Hymns: TIS 265 O Come, O come Emmanuel VENI EMMANUEL; Lo He comes with clouds descending HELMSLEY
  • Organ Prelude: From heaven above to earth – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fantasia on ‘Veni Emmanuel’ – Heathcote Statham (1889-1973)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*O thou the central Orb of righteous love,
Pure beam of the most high, eternal light of this our bleak world,
Where thy radiance bright awakes new joy in faith, hope soars above.

Come, quickly come, and let thy radiant glory shine,
Gilding our darksome heaven with rays divine.

Thy saints with holy lustre round thee move, as stars about thy throne,
Set in the height of God’s ordaining counsel, as thy sight
Gives measured grace to each, thy power to prove.

Let thy bright beams disperse the gloom of sin,
Our nature all shall feel eternal day, in fellowship with thee,
Transforming clay to souls erewhile unclean, now pure within.

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Sunday 9 December 10am – CANTOR

2nd Sunday of Advent (C) Year of Luke

Baruch 5:1-9; Phil 1:3-6, 8-11; Lk 3:1-6 – All people will see God’s salvation


  • Mass setting: Missa Deus genitor alme (Gregorian)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Bar 5.5, 4.36) Jerusalem surge, et sta in excelso, et vide jucunditatem quae veniet tibi a Deo tuo.Arise, 0 Jerusalem, and stand on high; and behold the joy that shall come to you from your God.
  • Hymns: Advent Prose (Rorate Caeli); TIS 265 O Come O Come Emmanuel VENI EMMANUEL; TIS 497 Let all mortal flesh keep silence PICARDY
  • Organ Prelude: Flute Piece – George Green (18th century)
  • Organ Voluntary: Noël Swisse – Louis-Claude d’Aquin (1694-1772)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 2 December 10am – CHOIR

1st Sunday of Advent (C) Year of Luke

Jer 33:14-16; 1Thess 3:12-4.2; Lk 21.25-28,34-36 Your liberation is near at hand


  • Introit: Ad te levavi To You have I lifted up my soul: in You, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed…
  • Mass setting: Missa Deus genitor alme (Gregorian)
  • Motet: Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming (Michael Praetorius)
  • Communio: (Psalm 84) Dominus dabit benignitatem: et terra nostra dabit fructum suum The Lord will give goodness, and the earth shall yield her fruit
  • Hymns: Advent Prose (Rorate Caeli); TIS 264 Hark! A herald voice is calling MERTON
  • Organ Prelude: Noël – Charles Chauvet (1837-1871)
  • Organ Voluntary: Wachet Auf – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

* Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming (Michael Praetorius)

  1. Lo, how a rose e’er blooming, from tender stem hath sprung. Of Jesse‘s lineage coming, as men of old have sung; it came, a flow’ret bright, amid the cold of winter, when half spent was the night
  2. Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind, with Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind; To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Saviour, when half spent was the night.
  3. O Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air, dispel with glorious splendour the darkness everywhere; True man, yet very God, from Sin and death now save us, and share our every load.
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Sunday 25 November 10am – CHOIR

Feast of Christ the King

Dan 7:13-14; Apoc 1:5-8; Jn 18:33-37 It is you who say that I am a king

Christ Pantocrator King

  • Introit: Dignus est agnus Worthy is the lamb (Gregorian)
  • Mass setting: Messe sans regretz (B. Shelley); Mass VIII (de Angelis)
  • Motet: O Rex gloriae* (Marenzio)
  • Communio: Sedebit Dominus Rex in aeternum: Dominus benedicet populo suo in pace The Lord shall sit on his royal throne forever: the Lord will bless his people with peace
  • Hymns: TIS 228 Crown him with many crowns DIADEMATA; TIS 497 Let all mortal flesh keep silence PICARDY; TIS 127 Holy God we praise your name GROSSER GOTT
  • Organ Prelude: Christ, He is my life – Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg (1718-1795)
  • Organ Offertorium: Prelude in ‘G’ – Francis Linley (1771-1800)
  • Organ Voluntary: Toccata in ‘F’  BWV 540 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Latin text:
O Rex gloriae, Domine virtutum,
qui triumphator hodie super omnes coelos ascendisti;
ne derelinquas nos orphanos,
sed mitte promissum Patris in nos,
spiritum veritatis.

English translation:
O King of glory, Lord of all power,
Who ascended to heaven on this day triumphant over all;
Do not leave us as orphans,
But send us the Father’s promise,
The spirit of truth.

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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

Green banner ordinary time

  • 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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