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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Wednesday 25 December Midnight – CHOIR

Midnight Mass of the Nativity

Is 9:1-7; Titus 2:11-14; Lk 2:1-14 To you is born this day… a saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord 

Carols before the mass (starting 11.30 pm): Once in Royal David’s City; O Radiant Dawn (MacMillan); Ding Dong Merrily on High; A Great and Mighty Wonder; The First Nowell; Hark the Herald Angels Sing


  • Mass setting: Messe de Minuit (Charpentier)
  • 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
  • Motet: Salve Puerule* (Charpentier)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Ps 109) In splendoribus sanctorum, ex utero ante luciferum genui te. Amidst the splendours of the heavenly sanctuary, from the womb, before the morning star, I have begotten you
  • Hymns: It came upon the midnight clear; Silent night; O come all ye faithful
  • Organ Offertorium: All my heart this night rejoices – Johann Walther (1684-1748)
  • Organ Voluntary: Cantique de Noël – 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 are born in the world, making yourself like us poor wretches.

O highest goodness, lofty Godhead that today becomes poor humanity
The Eternal is born, the boundless circumscribed, and hid in worldly garb.

Virgin mother, your blessed womb, through God gives birth to a son.
Rejoice, flower of virgins, rejoice, hope of mankind, spring which washes away the stain of sins.

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Sunday 22 December 10am – CHOIR

4th Sunday of Advent – (A) Year of Matthew

Is 7:10-14; Rm 1:1-7, Mt 1:18-24 The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and his name will be called Emmanuel


  • Mass setting: Missa simplex
  • Motet: Magnificat (T. Morley)
  • 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 272 Come, thou long-expected Jesus STUTTGART
  • Organ Prelude: Advent Suite – Introit ‘Veni Emmanuel’ – Pietro Yon (1886-1943)
  • Organ Voluntary: Noël 10 in ‘G’ – Louis-Claude d’Aquin (1694-1772)

Organist: Bransby Byrne


*My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour,
For He hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden:
For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

For He that is mighty hath magnified me, and holy is His name.
And His mercy on them that fear Him throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He, remembering his mercy, hath holpen His servant Israel.
As He promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed forever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

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