January 2023 – CHOIR in Recess

After Christmas and throughout January the choir will be in recess, to return on Sunday 5 February 2023.

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

Upcoming music for January and throughout the year can be found here.

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

St Francis Choir Director of Music: Noel Debien

Sunday 25 December 10am – CHOIR

Mass of Christmas Day

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

  • 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 de angelis (Gregorian)
  • Motet: Lo how a rose e’er blooming* (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; O Come All Ye Faithful

Organ Voluntary: Toccata in D Minor – BWV 565 (J.S. Bach 1685-1750)

Organist: Edward Theodore

Director of Music: Noel Debien

*Lo, how a rose e’er blooming, from tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s linage coming, as men of old have sung. It came, a flow’ret bright, amid the cold of winter, when half spent was the night.

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.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air, dispel in glorious splendour the darkness everywhere; True Man, yet very God, from sin and death now save us, and share our every load.