Sunday 23 February 10am – CHOIR

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Year of Matthew

Lev 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Cor 3:16-23; Mt 5:38-48


  • Mass setting: Missa Orbis Factor (Victoria)
  • Motet: Beati Quorum Via (StanfordBeati quorum via integra est, qui ambulant in lege Domini. Blessed are the undefiled in the way,who walk in the law of the Lord
  • Communio: Narrabo omnia mirabilia tua: laetabor, et exsulatabo in te: psallam nomini tuo, Altissime. I will relate all your wondrous deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing to the honour of your name, 0 Most High.
  • Hymns: TIS 341 My song is love unknown LOVE UNKNOWN; TIS 434 Where there is charity and love JEREMY
  • Organ Prelude: TBA
  • Organ Offertorium: TBA
  • Organ Voluntary: TBA

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 16 February 10am – CHOIR

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Year of Matthew

Sir 15:15-20; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Mt 5:17-37


  • Mass setting: Mass in A (Harold Darke)
  • Motet: Os justi*  (Bruckner)  
  • Communio: (Gregorian, ps 77) Manducaverunt et saturati sunt nimis, et desiderium eorum attulit eis Dominus: non sunt fraudati a desiderio suo. They ate and were fully satisfied; the Lord gave them all that they desired; they were not deprived of their wants
  • Hymns: TIS 102 Praise to the living God LEONI; TIS 641 This is my will, my one command SUANTRAI 
  • Organ Prelude: Prelude in ‘d’ BWV 539 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Organ Offertorium: Interlude in ‘D’ – Philip Moore (b. 1943)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fugue in ‘d’ BWV 539 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Os justi meditabitur sapientiam: et lingua ejus loquetur judicium. Lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius: et non supplantabuntur gressus ejus. Alleluia.

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and their tongue speaks what is just.
The law of their God is in their heart: and their feet do not falter. Alleluia.

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Sunday 9 February 10am – CANTOR

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Year of Matthew

Is 58:7-10; 1 Cor 2:1-5; Mt 5:13-16 Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven

Green banner ordinary time

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom (C.D. Smith)
  • Communio: Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetifcat juventum meam. I will go in to the altar of God, to the God who gives joy to my youth.
  • Motet: Father of Heaven* (from Judas Maccabeus, G.F. Handel)
  • Hymns: TIS 437 Blessed Jesus, at your word LIEBSTER JESUTIS 582 Lead, kindly light SANDON
  • Organ Prelude: Andante – Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785)
  • Organ Offertorium: Fughetta – Gustav Merkel (1827-1885)
  • Organ Voluntary: Final (from 4 Pieces) – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Cantor: Nicole Smeulders

*Father of Heaven from thy eternal throne,

Look with an eye of blessing down,

While we prepare with holy rites to solemnize the feast of lights.

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Sunday 2 February 10am – CHOIR

The Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)

Malachi 3:1-4; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 My eyes have seen your saving power


  • Mass setting: Missa aeterna Christi munera (Palestrina)
  • Motet: We wait for thy loving kindness, O God* (McKie)
  • Communio: Responsum accepit Simeon a Spiritu Sancto non visurum se mortem nisi videret Christum Domini. It was revealed to Simeon by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he first saw Christ the Lord.
  • Hymns: In his temple now behold him PRAISE MY SOUL; TIS 497 Let all mortal flesh be silent PICARDY
  • Organ Prelude: Prelude – Kyrie (Orbis Factor) – Feliks Nowowiekski (1877-1946)
  • Organ Offertorium: Air – Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • Organ Voluntary: Trio in ‘a’ – Johann L. Krebs (1713-1780)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*We wait for thy loving kindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple, Alleluia.
O God, according to thy name, so is thy praise unto the world’s end.
Thy right hand is full of righteousness, Alleluia.

We wait for thy loving kindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
O Lord, send us now prosperity, Amen.

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Come and sing with us at St Francis!

The Choir of St Francis of Assisi, Paddington is looking for new members.


Whether you are a soprano, alto, tenor or bass, we’d love some new friends to come and sing with us. We sing at 3 Sunday Masses per month, plus major feasts, and rehearse on Wednesday nights.

Have a listen to us singing and see the video below for more. Please contact the director of music, Noel Debien, on 0417 291 388 for more information.


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January 2020 – CHOIR in Recess

birds-sleeping.jpgAfter Christmas and throughout January the choir will be in recess, to return on Sunday 2 February 2020.


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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Wednesday 25 December 10am – CHOIR and ORCHESTRA

The Nativity of the Lord: 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 brevis in Bb KV 275 (Mozart)
  • Motet: And there were shepherds… Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light*, from Christmas Oratorio (J.S. Bach)
  • 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: Entrée de la Procession (Messe du Jour de Noël) – Alexandre Boëly (1785-1858)
  • Organ Offertorium: The Child was born in Bethlehem – Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
  • Organ Voluntary: Sortie (Messe du Jour de Noël) – Alexandre Boëly (1785-1858)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

And there were shepherds in the same country
Abiding in the field, keeping watch by night over their flock,
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them
And the glory of the Lord shone round about them
And they were sore afraid, and the angel said to them:

Be not afraid: behold, for I bring good tidings of great joy
Which shall be to all the people
For unto you this day a Saviour is born which is Christ the Lord,
In the city of David

Break forth, O beauteous heav’nly light,
And usher in the morning;
Ye shepherds, shrink not with affright,
But hear the angel’s warning.
This Child, now weak in infancy,
Our confidence and joy shall be;
The pow’r of Satan breaking,
Our peace eternal making.

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