Sunday 1 December 10am – CHOIR

1st Sunday of Advent (A) Year of Matthew

Is 2:1-5; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44


  • Mass setting: Missa simplex
  • Motet: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen* (M. Praetorius)
  • Communio: Dominus dabit benignitatem, et terra nostra dabit fructum suum. The Lord will bestow his loving kindness, and our land will yield its fruit.
  • Hymns: Advent prose (Rorate caeli); Lo, He comes with clouds descending HELMSLEY
  • Organ Prelude: ‘Rorate Cæli’ (Chorale Prelude on Gregorian Chant) – Jean Demessieux (1921-1968)
  • Organ Voluntary: Advent Suite ‘Rorate Cæli’ – Pietro Yon (1886-1943)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, aus einer Wurzel zart,
wie uns die Alten sungen, von Jesse kam die Art
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht mitten im kalten Winter,
wohl zu der halben Nacht.

Das Röslein, das ich meine, davon Jesaja sagt,
hat uns gebracht alleine Marie, die reine Magd.
Aus Gottes ew’gem Rat hat sie ein Kind geboren
und blieb doch reine Magd.

Das Blümelein, so kleine, das duftet uns so süß,
mit seinem hellen Scheine vertreibt’s die Finsternis.
Wahr Mensch und wahrer Gott, hilft uns aus allem Leide,
rettet von Sünd und Tod.

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming, from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as those 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 us a saviour,
When half spent was the night.

This flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendour the darkness everywhere.
True man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,
And lightens every load.

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Sunday 24 November 10am – CHOIR

Feast of Christ the King

2 Sm 5:1-3; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43 Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom


  • Introit: (Gregorian) Dignus est Agnus qui occisus est, accipere virtutem, et divinitatem, et sapientiam, et fortitudinem, et honorem. Ipsi gloria et imperium in saecula saeculorum The Lamb who has been slain is worthy to recieve power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honour; let glory and dominion be his for ever and ever
  • Mass setting: Messe Solonelle (Vierne)
  • Motet: Let all mortal flesh keep silence* (Bairstow)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Ps 28) Sedebit Dominus Rex in aeternum: Dominus benedicet populo suo in pace The Lord shall sit as king forever; the Lord will bless his people with peace
  • Hymns: TIS 224 All Hail the power of Jesus’ name MILES LANE, TIS 520 Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour BRYN CALFARIA
  • Organ Prelude: Chorale Prelude: Von Gott will ich nicht lassen – Stephen Hough (b. 1961)
  • Organ Offertorium: Trio in ‘D’ – Jacques Lemmens (1823-1881)
  • Organ Voluntary: Prelude & Fugue in ‘D’ BWV 532 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Let all mortal flesh keep silence
and stand with fear and trembling,
and lift itself above all earthly thought.

For the King of kings and Lord of lords, Christ our God,
cometh forth to be our oblation,
and to be given for Food to the faithful.

Before Him come the choirs of angels
with every principality and power;
the Cherubim with many eyes, and wingèd Seraphim,
who veil their faces as they shout exultingly the hymn:

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Sunday 17 November 10am – CHOIR

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Year of Luke

Mal 3:19-20; 2 Thess 3:7-12; Lk 21:5-19 Your endurance will win you your life


  • Mass setting: Missa aeterna Christi munera (Palestrina)
  • Motet: De profundis* (Palestrina)
  • Communio: Amen dico vobis, quidquid orantes petitis, credite quia accipietis, et fiet vobis. Amen I say to you, whatever you ask in your prayers, believe that you shall receive it, and it shall be granted unto you.
  • Hymns: TIS 264 Hark a herald-voice is calling MERTON; TIS 560(i) All my hope in God is founded MICHAEL
  • Organ Prelude: Chorale Prelude: Ach Gott und Herr BWV 693 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Organ Offertorium: Versetto 1 – Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726)
  • Organ Voluntary: Voluntary 1 in ‘A’ – John Stanley (1713-1786)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine;
Domine, exaudi orationem meam.

Out of the deep have I called unto You, O Lord;
Lord, hear my calling.

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Sunday 10 November 10am – CANTOR

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Year of Luke

2 Macc 7:1-2, 9-14; 2 Thess 2:16 – 3:5; Lk 20:27-38 He is not a God of the dead, but of the living

Green banner ordinary time

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom (C.D. Smith)
  • Offertory Motet: The Lord is my shepherd* (Dvorak)
  • Communio: Dominus regit me, et nihil mihi deerit; in loco pascuae ibi me collocavit; super aquam refectionis educavit me. The Lord is my shepherd and I shall want nothing; He has set me in a land of abundant pastures; He has led me to life-renewingwaters.
  • Hymns: TIS 384 Through the Red Sea brought at last STRAF’ MICH NICHT; TIS 125 The God of Abraham Praise YIGDAL
  • Organ Prelude: Rêverie – Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
  • Organ Offertorium: Pausa – Conrad Paumann (1410-1473)
  • Organ Voluntary: Solemn Melody – Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Cantor: Nicole Smeulders

*(Psalm 23:1-4)
The Lord is my shepherd,
Therefore can I lack nothing.
He doth feed me where the green pastures grow,
By the quiet waters of comfort.
He restoreth my soul and doth lead me
in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death.
I will fear no evil, no evil
For thou art my guide
And thy rod and thy staff, they shall comfort me.

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Sunday 3 November 10am – CHOIR

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Year of Luke

Wis 11:22-12.2; Thess 1:11-2.2; Lk 19.1-10 The Son of Man came to seek and to find that which was lost


  • Mass setting: Missa Alme Pater (A. Millington)
  • Motet: Derelinquit impius* (Tallis)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Ps 15) Notas mihi fecisti vias vitae: adimplebis me laetititia cum vultu tuo, Domine You have made know unto me the ways of life; you will fill me with joy at the sight of your countenance O Lord.
  • Hymns: TIS 217 Love Divine BLAENWERN; TIS 512 Bread of the world RENDEZ A DIEU
  • Organ Prelude: Offertoire for the Feast of All Saints – Jacques Charpentier (1933-2017)
  • Organ Offertorium: Élévation – André Raison (1645-1719)
  • Organ Voluntary: Toccata: ‘Placare Christe Servulus’ – Marcel Dupré (1866-1971)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Derelinquit impius viam suam et vir iniquus cogitationes suas et revertatur ad Dominum et miserebitur eius, 
Quia benignus et misericors est praestabilis super malitiam Dominus deus noster.

(Let) the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let them return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them,
For the Lord our God is gracious and merciful, and relents from punishing.

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Sunday 27 October 10am – CHOIR

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Year of Luke

Sirach 35:12-14, 16-19; 2 Tim 4:4-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14 The tax collector returned to his home justified, the pharisee did not


  • Mass setting: Missa in Fa Maggiore di Fascile (Marcel Tyberg*)
  • Motet: Jesu, joy of man’s desiring** (J.S. Bach)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, ps 19) Laetabimur in salutari tuo: et in nomini Domini Dei nostri magnificabimur We shall rejoice in your salvation; and in the name of the lord our God we shall place our pride
  • Hymns: All people that on earth do dwell OLD 100THTIS 560(i) All my hope in God is founded MICHAEL
  • Organ Prelude: Improvisation 1 in ‘g’ minor – Charles-Agustin Collin (1865-1938)
  • Organ Offertorium: In nomine – Arthur Milner (1894-1972)
  • Organ Voluntary: Adagio BWV 564(ii) – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Marcel Tyberg was an Austrian composer arrested by the Gestapo at his Italian home in 1944 on account of Jewish heritage. Tyberg died in Auschwitz but entrusted his music to a close friend, Dr Milan Mihich, due to whose efforts this music survived. St Francis choir will sing Tyberg’s Missa in Fa Maggiore di Fascile at 10am Mass as the Australian premiere of this music. We thank Mr Zachary Redler, who allowed us to rehearse with the performing edition used by the South Dakota Chorale in their recording, nominated for a Grammy award for “best choral performance” in 2018.

**Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.

Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.

Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.

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Sunday 20 October 10am – CHOIR

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Year of Luke

Ex 17.8-13, 2 Tim 3.14-4.2; Lk 18.1-8 Pray always and do not lose heart

Widow Unjust Judge

  • Mass setting: Missa brevis in F (Gabrielli)
  • Motet: Meditabor in mandatis tuis* (Palaestrina)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Ps 8) Domine Dominus noster, quam admirabile est nomen tuum in universa terra O Lord our governor, how admirable is you name in all the earth
  • Hymns: Praise to the holiest in the height RICHMOND; Lead kindly light, amid the encircling gloom LUX BENIGNA
  • Organ Prelude: Trio – Nicholas le Begue (1630-1703)
  • Organ Offertorium: Miniature Sostenuto – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
  • Organ Voluntary: Final-Marche (2nd Suite) – Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Meditabor in mandatis tuis, quae dilexi valde:
et levabo manus meas ad mandata tua, quae dilexi.

My delight shall be in your commandments, which I have loved exceedingly: and I will lift up my hands to your commandments, which I have loved.


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