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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Tuesday 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

  • Carol singing at 11.30pm (Dec 24) followed by the Proclamation of Christmas from the Roman Martyrology
    • including: Once in royal David’s city; O radiant dawn (MacMillan); Ding dong merrily on high; Quelle est cette odeur agréeable; The first Nowell; Hark the herald angels sing

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  • Introit: (Gregorian) Dominus díxit ad me: Fílius méus es tu, égo hódie génui te. Quare fremuérunt géntes: et pópuli meditáti sunt inánia? The Lord has said to me: You are My Son, this day have I begotten You. Why have the nations raged, and the people devised vain things?
  • Mass setting: Missa O Magnum Mysterium (Victoria)
  • Motet: O Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen)
  • Hymns and Carols during Mass: Of the Father’s Heart Begotten; Silent Night; O Come all Ye Faithful
  • Communio: (Ps 110) In splendoribus sanctorum, ex utero ante luciferum genui te In the brightness of the saints, from the womb before the dawn I begot you.
  • Organ Offertorium: All my heart this night rejoices – Johann Walther (1684-1748)
  • Organ Voluntary: Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night) – Adolphe Adam (1803-1856)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 23 December 10am – CHOIR

4th Sunday of Advent (C) Year of Luke

Mic 5:1-4; Heb 10:5-10: Lk 1.39-44 – Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?


  • Mass setting: Missa orbis factor (Victoria)
  • Motet: O radiant dawn (J. MacMillan)
  • 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: Of the Father’s Heart Begotten (Willcocks); Lo He comes with clouds descending HELMSLEY
  • Organ Prelude: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her BWV 606 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Organ Voluntary: Toccata “Vom Himmel hoch” – Garth Edmundson (1900-1971)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*O Radiant Dawn – James MacMillan b. 1959

O Radiant Dawn, Splendour of eternal Light, Sun of Justice: come. Shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Isaiah had prophesied, ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light: Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.’ Amen.


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Sunday 16 December 10am – CHOIR

3rd Sunday of Advent – GAUDETE (C) Year of Luke

Zeph 3:14-18; Phil 4:4-7; Lk 3:10-18 – What must we do?

John Baptist Gaudete2

  • Introit: Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete: modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus prope est… Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all people. The Lord is at hand. Do not be anxious over anything, but in all manner of prayer, let your requests be made known unto God.
  • Mass setting: Mass for 5 Voices (W. Byrd)
  • Motet: O thou the central orb* (Orlando Gibbons)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Is 35.4)  Dicite pusillanimes confortamini et nollite timere: ecce Deus noster veniet, et salvabit nos Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is our God.
  • Hymns: TIS 265 O Come, O come Emmanuel VENI EMMANUEL; Lo He comes with clouds descending HELMSLEY
  • Organ Prelude: From heaven above to earth – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fantasia on ‘Veni Emmanuel’ – Heathcote Statham (1889-1973)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*O thou the central Orb of righteous love,
Pure beam of the most high, eternal light of this our bleak world,
Where thy radiance bright awakes new joy in faith, hope soars above.

Come, quickly come, and let thy radiant glory shine,
Gilding our darksome heaven with rays divine.

Thy saints with holy lustre round thee move, as stars about thy throne,
Set in the height of God’s ordaining counsel, as thy sight
Gives measured grace to each, thy power to prove.

Let thy bright beams disperse the gloom of sin,
Our nature all shall feel eternal day, in fellowship with thee,
Transforming clay to souls erewhile unclean, now pure within.

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