Sunday 24 February 10am – CHOIR

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Year of Luke

1 Sam 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; 1 Cor 15:45-49; Lk 6:27-38 Love your enemies

  • Mass setting: Missa Orbis Factor (Victoria)
  • Motet: Ubi caritas (Maurice DurufléUbi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est. Where there is charity and love, God is there.
  • 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, O Most High.
  • Hymns: TIS 341 My song is love unknown LOVE UNKNOWN; TIS 217 Love divine, all loves excelling (tune: TIS 590 BLAENWERN)
  • Organ Prelude: Verso 2 – Antonio Valente (c. 1520-c.1580)
  • Organ Offertorium: Prelude in ‘Db’ – Carl Ferdinand Becker (1804-1877)
  • Organ Voluntary: Preludio (3rd Sonata) – Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 17 February 10am – CHOIR

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Year of Luke

Jer 17:5-8; 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20; Lk 6:17, 20-26

  • Mass setting: Mass in A (H. Darke)
  • Motets: The Lord bless you and keep you* (Rutter); Sicut cervus** (Palaestrina)
  • Communio: (Ps 77.29-30)  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 416 Great God, your Spirit like the wind JERUSALEM; TIS 160 Father all loving and ruling in majesty WAS LEBET; TIS 386 By your kingly power, O risen Lord RUGGIERO
  • Organ Prelude: Berceuse – Cesar Franck (1822-1890)
  • Organ Offertorium: Communion – Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)
  • Organ Voluntary: Postlude – Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you,
And give you peace,

** Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, ita desiderat anima mea ad te, Deus

As the deer longs for running streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.

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Sunday 10 February 10am – CANTOR

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Year of Luke

Is 6.1-8; 1 Cor 15.1-11; Lk 5.1-11

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom (C.D. Smith)
  • Communio: Introibo ad altare DeiI will go to the altar of God.
  • Hymns: TIS 598 Dear Father, Lord of humankind REPTON; TIS 607 Make me a channel of your peace CHANNEL OF PEACE; TIS 497 Let all mortal flesh keep silence PICARDY
  • Organ Prelude: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend’ BWV 709 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Organ Offertorium: Interlude in ‘A’ – Starling Godwin (c. 1713-1774)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fughetta in ‘g’ minor – Georg Andreas Sorge (1703-1778)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Cantor: Nicole Smeulders

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Sunday 3 February 10am – CHOIR

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Year of Luke

Jer 1.4-5, 17-19 ; 1 Cor 12.31-13.13; Lk 4.21-30

  • Mass setting: Missa Aeterna Christi Munera (Palaestrina)
  • Motet: In te speravi* (Palaestrina)
  • Communio: Illumina faciem tuamMake Your face to shine upon Your servant
  • Hymns: TIS 217 Love divine, all loves excelling (tune: TIS 590 BLAENWERN); TIS 134 Praise, my soul the King of Heaven PRAISE MY SOUL
  • Organ Prelude: Canzona – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
  • Organ Offertorium: Interlude in ‘Ab’ – Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)
  • Organ Voluntary: Prelude ‘St Anne’ BWV 552 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*In te speravi, Domine, dixi: Tu es Deus meus, in manibus tuis tempora mea.

In You, O Lord, have I hoped: I said, You are my God, my times are in Your hands.

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Progress on the new organ for St Francis

These photographs of the new organ for St Francis show the work on the organ console in the workshop – the console is almost ready to be lacquered, with a light colour and highlighting the natural wood in the finish.

It is planned to commence the installation in March, so that the work will be completed (after refinements) for the Easter Vigil and the Easter Day Mass.

It is not too late to contribute to this exciting concept which will enhance the music and worship in St Francis greatly. Please speak to our Parish Priest, Fr Paul Ghanem for further details, or see our information page on this website here.
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January 2019 – CHOIR in Recess


After Christmas and throughout January the choir will be in recess, to return on Sunday 3 February 2019.

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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Tuesday 25 December 10am – CHOIR

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

Christmas Nativity 2

  • 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: Coronation Mass (Mozart)
  • Motet: Salve Puerule (Charpentier)
  • Communio: Viderunt omnes fines terrae salutare Dei nostri. All the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.
  • Hymns and Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Away in a manger, O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Organ Prelude: Cradle Song – Herbert Sumsion (1899-1995)
  • Organ Offertorium: Noël “Chantons je vous prie” – Nicolas le Bègue (1630-1702)
  • Organ Voluntary: In Dulci Jubilo BWV 729 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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