January 2018 – CHOIR in Recess

Puppy sleepingAfter Christmas and throughout January the choir will be in recess, to return on Sunday 4 February 2018.

For 10am Sunday Mass throughout January, liturgical music will be supported by cantors.

In the meantime St Francis Choir would like to wish all our friends a happy and safe Christmas season.

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Monday 25 December 10am – CHOIR

Solemn Mass of Christmas Day (with Orchestra)

Is 52.7-10; Heb 1.1-6; Jn 1.1-18 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory Christmas Nativity 6

  • Introit: (Gregorian) Puer natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis, cujus imperium super humerum ejus et vocabitur nomen ejus, magni consilii Angelus. A child is born to us, and a son is given to us: whose government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, the angel of great counsel. 
  • Mass setting: Missa Brevis in F “Jugendmesse” (Haydn)
  • Motet: En natus est Emmanuel* (M. Praetorius)
  • Communio: Viderunt omnes fines terrae salutare Dei nostri. All the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.
  • Hymns: Hark the herald-angels sing; Away in a manger; O Come all ye faithful
  • Organ Prelude: Nocturn: ‘There were shepherds abiding…’ – Arthur Milner (1894-1972)
  • Organ Offertorium: Noël – Charles Chauvet (1837-1871)
  • Organ Voluntary: In Dulci Jubilo BWV 729 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*En natus est Emanuel, Dominus,
quem praedixit Gabriel, Domi­nus,
Dominus Salvator noster est.

Hic jacet in praesepio, Dominus,
puer admirabilis, Dominus.
Dominus Salvator noster est.

Haec lux est orta hodie, Dominus,
Ex Maria Virgine, Dominus.
Dominus Salvator noster est.

See, Emmanuel is born, the Lord,
Who was fortold by Gabriel,
The Lord, our Saviour.

Here he lies in a manger, the Lord,
The child of wonder,
The Lord, our Saviour.

This light is born today, the Lord,
Of Mary the Virgin,
The Lord, our Saviour.

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Monday 25 December Midnight – CHOIR

Midnight Mass of the Nativity

Is 62.1-5, Titus 2.11-14, Lk 2.1-4 To you is born this day… a saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord 

Carols before the mass (starting 11.30 pm) Nativity Christmas 1

  • Introit: (Gregorian) Dominus dixit ad me, Filius meus es tu, ego hodie genui te The lord said to me, You are my Son, this day I have begotten you
  • Mass setting: Messe de Minuit (Charpentier)
  • Motet: Salve Puerule* (Charpentier)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Ps 109) In splendoribus sanctorum, ex utero ante luciferum genui te Amidst the splendours of the heaveanly sanctuary, from the womb, before the moring star, I have begotten you
  • Hymns: Hark the Herald Angels Sing; Silent Night; O come all ye Faithful.
  • Organ Offertorium: All my heart this night rejoices – Johann Walther (1684-1748)
  • Organ Voluntary: Cantique de Noël (‘O Holy Night’) – Adolphe Adam (1803-1856)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Salve puerule, salve tenellule,
O nate parvule quam bonus es.
Tu coelum deseris, tu mundo nasceris,
Nobis te’ut miseris assimiles.

O summa bonitas! Excelsa deitas
Vilis humanitas fit hodie.
Aeternus nascitur, immensus capitur
Et rei tegitur sub specie.

Virgo puerpera, beata viscera
Dei cum opera dent filium.
Gaude, flos virginum, gaude, spes hominum,
Fons lavans criminum proluvium.

Hail, little child, hail, tender babe,
O tiny child, how good you are.
You leave heaven and are born in the world for us,
Making yourself like us poor wretches.

O highest goodness, lofty godhead
That today becomes poor humanity.
The eternal is born, the boundless circumscribed
And hidden in worldly garb.

Virgin mother,
Your blessed womb, through God gives birth to a Son.
Rejoice flower of virgins, rejoice hope of mankind,
Font that washes away the stain of sin.

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Sunday 24 December 10am – CANTOR

4th Sunday of Advent (B) Year of Mark

2 Sam 7.1-5, 8-12, 14,16; Rom 16.25-27; Lk 1.26-38


  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom
  • Motet: The angel Gabriel from heaven came (Basque traditional carol)
  • Communio: Ecce virgo concipiet et pariet filium et vocabitur nomen eius Emmanuel. Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel.
  • Hymns: Advent prose (Rorate caeli); TIS 265 O come, O come Emmanuel VENI EMMANUEL
  • Organ Prelude: Chorale Prelude on ‘Stuttgart’ – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
  • Organ Voluntary: Rhapsody on ‘Helmsley’ – William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 17 December 10am – CHOIR

3nd Sunday of Advent – GAUDETE (B) Year of Mark

Is 61:1-2a, 10-11; 1Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 Gaudete-sunday-advent-and-john-baptist

  • 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: Missa cum iubilo (Gregorian)
  • Motet: This is the record of John (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: Advent prose (Rorate caeli); TIS 273 Lo, He comes with clouds descending HELMSLEY
  • Organ Prelude: Air – John Blow (1649-1708)
  • Organ Voluntary: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her” – J. Pachelbel (1653-1706)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 10 December 10am – CANTOR

2nd Sunday of Advent (B) Year of Mark

Is 10.1-5, 9-11; 2Pt 3.8-14; Mk 1.1-8 Make straight the paths of the Lord Advent_Cantor_Stained_Glass

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom
  • Motet: “O thou that tellest” from Messiah — G.F. Händel (1685–1759)
  • 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
  • Organ Prelude: Noël – Theodore Dubois (1837-1924)
  • Organ Voluntary: Divertissement – Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 3 December 10am – CHOIR

1st Sunday of Advent (B) Year of Mark

Is 63:16b-17, 19b, 64:2-7; 1Cor 1:3-9; Mk 13:33-37

St Mark Lion Jacobello-del-Fiore-Markusloewe

  • Mass setting: Missa Deus Genitor alme
  • Motet: Ad te, Domine, levavi (A. Scarlatti)
  • Communio: Dominus dabit benignitatem, et terra nostra dabit fructum suum. The Lord will bestow his loving kindness, and our land will yield its fruit.
  • Hymns: Advent prose (Rorate caeli); Lo, He comes with clouds descending HELMSLEY
  • Organ Prelude: From heaven above to earth I come – Friedrich Zachau (1663-1712)
  • Organ Voluntary: Wachet auf – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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