Sunday 20 March 2016 10am – CHOIR

Palm Sunday

At the Mass: PalmSunday1

Is 50.4-7; Phil 2.6-11; Lk 14-23; 56

  • Mass setting: Missa Deus Genitor Alme (Gregorian)
  • Motet: Hosanna to the Son of David (Weelkes)
  • Communio: Pater, si non potest hic calix transire – Father, if this cup cannot pass away
  • Hymns: TIS 333 All Glory, Praise and Honour ST THEODULPH, TIS 341 My song is love unknown LOVE UNKNOWN, Vexilla Regis The Royal Banners (plainsong)

At the Ecumenical blessing of palms (Anglican/Uniting/Catholic):

Lk 19.28-40

  • Hymn: All glory, laud and honour ST THEODULPH
  • Antiphon: Hosanna filio David – Hosanna to the Son of David (plainsong)
  • Motet: Pueri Hebraorum – The children of the Hebrews (Victoria)

Organ Music

  • Organ Prelude: All glory, laud and honour – Healey Willan (1880-1964)
  • Organ Offertorium: Elevazione per Organo – Bernado Sabardini (1650-1718)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fantasia: Valet will ich dir geben BWV 735 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

For Palm Sunday, two organ works based upon the well-known tune for the hymn of the day “All glory laud and honour”. The first by the Anglo-Canadian composer, organist and choirmaster, Healey Willan. A prolific composer of liturgical music, he was once described as being “English by birth, Canadian by adoption, Irish by extraction and Scotch by absorption”.


Healey Willan

The second, (postlude) is the wonderful Fantasia ‘Valet will ich dir geben’ by Johann Sebastian Bach. The tune was set to a Lutheran hymn ‘I want to bid you farewell’. Bach composed this Fantasia in 1613 aged 28.

The music for the Offertorium is by a little-known composer Sabadini, who was a priest born in Venice and appointed court organist in Parma where he died at the age of 68.