Sunday 25 March 9:45am – CHOIR

Palm Sunday

Please note: 10am Mass at St Francis will be preceded by a Blessing of Palms at 9:45am, at the front of the Church Palm_Sunday_San_baudelio_de_berlanga

At the blessing of Palms in front of the church: Mk 11.1-10

  • Hosanna filio David Hosanna to the Son of David (Gregorian)
  • Pueri Hebraeorum (T.L. Victoria)

At the mass of the day: Is 50.4-7, Phil 2.6-11, Mk 14.1-15.47

  • Introit: Ingrediente Dominus in sanctam civitatem…As the Lord entered the Holy city, the children of the Hebrews proclaimed the resurrection of life, and waving olive branches they loudly praised the Lord
  • Mass setting: Missa Deus Genitor alme (Gregorian mass XVIII)
  • Communio: (Mt 26.42) Pater, si non potest hic calix transire Father, if this cup cannot pass away unless I drink it, your will be done
  • Hymns: TIS 333 All glory, praise and honour ST THEODULPH; TIS 341 My song is love unknown LOVE UNKNOWN
  • Motet: Hosanna to the Son of David (O. Gibbons)
  • Organ Prelude: Hail to Thee, blessed Jesus – Marcel Dupre (1886-1971)
  • Organ Offertorium: Trio in ‘c’ – C.H. Trevor (1895-1976)
  • Organ Voluntary: Valet will ich dir geben (Fantasia) BWV 735- J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Tuesday 27 March 7pm- CHOIR

Service of Tenebrae and Reconciliation

  • Motet: (during procession) Incipit lamentatio Jeremiae (T.L. Victoria)
  • Hymns:
    • Lord of our life ISTE CONFESSOR
    • Christ be our light CHRIST BE OUR LIGHT 


During the extinction of lights:

  • Motets:
    • O vos omnes (T.L. Victoria)
    • In monte oliveti (M. Garau)
    • Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake (Farrant)

During the 2nd rite of Reconciliation: 

  • Motets:
    • Stay with me (Taizé)
    • Miserere (Psalm 50, G. Allegri)



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Sunday 18 March 10am – CHOIR

5th Sunday of Lent (B) Year of Mark

Jer 31:31-34; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33


  • Mass setting:  Missa Deus Genitor Alme
  • Motet: Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Bairstow)
  • Communio: Qui mihi ministrat, me sequator: et ubi ego sum, ille et minister meus erit If anyone would serve me, let them follow me; wherever I am, my servant will be there also
  • Hymns: Lent prose Attende Domine; TIS 497 Let all mortal flesh keep silence PICARDY
  • Organ Prelude: Christe – Francois Couperin (1668-1733)
  • Organ Voluntary: Ebarm’ dich mein, O Herre Gott BWV 721 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 11 March 10am – CHOIR + CANTOR

4th Sunday of Lent (B) Year of Mark LAETARE SUNDAY

2 Chr 36:14-16; Eph 2:4-10; Jn 3:14-21 Laetare Liber_choralis

  • Introit: Rejoice O Jerusalem, and gather around all you who love her; rejoice in gladness, after having been in sorrow; exalt and be replenished with the consolation coming from her motherly bosom.
  • Mass setting: Missa Orbis Factor
  • Motet: I was glad* (C.H.H. Parry)
  • Communio: Jerusalem quae aedificatur ut civitas . . . Jerusalem, built as a city whose parts are firmly bound together. It is there that the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to give thanks unto your name
  • Hymns: TIS 216 Rejoice, the Lord is King tune TIS 371 DARWALL; TIS 145 The King of love my shepherd is tune TIS 523 ST COLUMBA
  • Organ Prelude: A Prayer of Consecration – Richard Purvis (1913-1994)
  • Organ Offertorium: Versillo del Sexto Tono – Francisco Llissa (d. after 1738)
  • Organ Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in ‘c’ minor BWV 549 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Cantor: Nicole Smeulders

*I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet shall stand in thy gates: O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built as a city: that is at unity in itself.
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls: and plenteousness within thy palaces.

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Sunday 4 March 10am – CHOIR

3rd Sunday of Lent (B) Year of Mark

Ex 20:1-17; 1 Cor 1:22-25; Jn 2:13-25 Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up 

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  • Mass setting: From the missal (Gregorian)
  • Motet: Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake* (Farrant)
  • Communio: Passer invenit sibi domum, et turtur nidum, ubi reponat pullos suos: altaria tua Domine virtutum, Rex meus, et Deus meus: beati qui habitant in domo tua, in saeculum saeculi laudabunt te The sparrow has found herself a home and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God! Happy are those who dwell in your house. They will praise you forever and ever.
  • Hymns: Lent prose Attende Domine; Adoramus te Christe, benedicimus tibi, quia per crucem tuam redemisti mundum We adore you Christ and we bless you, for by your cross you have redeemed the world (Taizé)
  • Organ Prelude: Adagio – John Bennet (1735-1784)
  • Organ Voluntary: Adagio in ‘d’ minor – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake lay not our sins to our charge,
but forgive that is past, and give us grace to amend our sinful lives:
to decline from sin and incline to virtue,
that we may walk in a perfect heart, before thee now and evermore.

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Sunday 25 February 10am – CHOIR

2nd Sunday of Lent (B) Year of Mark

Gen 22.1-2, 9-13, 15-18, Rom 8.31-34, Mk 9.2-10 Saint_Catherine's_Transfiguration

  • Mass setting: Missa Deus genitor alme (Gregorian)
  • Motet: Hail, Gladdening Light* (Charles Wood)
  • Communio: Visionem quam vidistis, nemini dixeritis, donec a mortuis resurgat Filius hominis. Tell no one about the vision you have seen until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.
  • Hymns: Lent prose Attende Domine; Oculi nostri ad Dominum Deum Our eyes are on the Lord our God (Taizé)
  • Organ Prelude: Prayer in ‘Ab” – Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
  • Organ Offertorium: Interlude – Charles Chauvet (1837-1871)
  • Organ Voluntary: Adagio (Orchestral Suite in ‘D’) – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Hail, gladdening light, of his pure glory poured,
who is the immortal Father, heavenly, blest,
holiest of holies, Jesu Christ, our Lord.

Now we are come to the sun’s hour of rest,
the lights of evening round us shine,
we hymn the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit divine.

Worthiest art Thou at all times to be sung
with undefiled tongue,
Son of our God, giver of life alone;
therefore in all the world thy glories, Lord, they own.

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Sunday 18 February 10am – CHOIR

1st Sunday of Lent (B) Year of Mark

Gen 9:8-15; 1 Pet 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15 He was in the wilderness for forty days 

  • Dore temptation of jesus by the devilMass setting: Mass for 4 voices (W. Byrd)
  • Motet: Call to Remembrance* (Farrant)
  • Communio: Scapulis suis obumbrabit tibi, et sub pennis eius sperabis: scuto circumdabit te veritas eius. He will overshadow you with His pinions, and under His wings you shall trust: His truth shall surround you with a shield.
  • Hymns: Lent prose Attende Domine; TIS 741 O Lord, hear my prayer (Taizé)
  • Organ Prelude: Chorale Prelude ‘O Lord, hear my supplication – Johann Walther (1684-1748)
  • Organ Offertorium: Trio in ‘F’ – Buxheimer Orgelbuch (c. 1470)
  • Organ Voluntary: Siciliane (from Flute Sonata) – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Call to remembrance, O Lord, thy tender mercy :
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.

(Psalm 24:6-7)

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