Sunday 29 May 10am – CANTOR

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) (C) Year of Luke

Corpus_Christi1Gen 14.18-20; 1Cor 11.23-26; Lk 9:11b-17 – They ate as much as they wanted 

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom
  • Motet: Panis Angelicus  – Bread of the Angels (Franck)
  • Communio: (Gregorian 1 Cor 11: 24-25) Hoc corpus quod pro vobis tradetur: hic calix novi testamenti est in meo sanguine, dicit Dominus: hoc facite, quotiescumque sumitus, in meam commemorationem: This is my body which is given up for you; this is the cup of the new covenant in my blood” says the Lord. “Each time you do this, do it in memory of me”.
  • Hymns: Sweet Sacrament divine  DIVINUM MYSTERIUM, TIS 502 Soul of my Saviour ANIMA CHRISTI
  • Organ Prelude: Voluntary in ‘f’ minor – Thomas Roseingrave (1690-1766)
  • Organ Offertorium: Verso 1 – Antonio Valente (c.1520-c.1580)
  • Organ Voluntary: Toccata per il ‘Deo Gratias’ – Giambattista Martini (1706-1734)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Cantor: Noel Debien

Notes on the Organ Postlude

Toccata per il ‘Deo Gratias’ – Giambattista Martini (1706-1734)Padre_Martini_1

Franciscan friar Padre Martini was a notable Italian composer. His enormous fame as a music teacher made Italy’s Bologna a place of pilgrimage in the 18th century.

Martini was a friar of great musical and spiritual influence. He was ordained in 1729, after becoming chapelmaster of San Francesco in Bologna in 1725 and his pupils included J.C. Bach, Christoph Gluck and W.A. Mozart. He was a friend and correspondent of the leading scholars of his time, including Martin Agricola, Pietro Metastasio and Jean-Philippe Rameau.

The love of music started for friar Martini as a child, educated personally by his violinist father. Then his fine teachers included experts in harpsichord, singing and organ (Luc’Antonio Predieri) and counterpoint (Antonio Riccieri).

We all know how influential the Franciscan order has been, and it should not be surprising to know that Friar Martini was a friend and adviser to Leopold Mozart. Leopold had asked him to give advice about his little boy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Very sadly, no-one has yet edited and published the greater number of friar Martini’s sacred compositions. There’s a challenge.

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Sunday 22 May 10am – CHOIR

Trinity Sunday (C) Year of Luke

Prov 8.22-31; Rom 5.1-5; Jn 16.12-15Trinity_Grandes_Heures_Anne_de_Bretagne

  • Mass setting: Mass for Three Voices (W. Byrd)
  • Motet: Holy, Holy, Holy (F. Schubert)*
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Tob 12.6) Benedicimus Deum caeli, et coram omnibus viventibus confitebimur ei; quia fecit nobiscum misericordiam suam Let us bless the God of Heaven and utter His praises before all who live; for He has dealt with us according to His mercy
  • Hymns: TIS 100 All Creatures of our God and King LASST UNS ERFREUEN; TIS 140 Firmly I believe and truly (DRAKES BROUGHTON)
  • Organ Prelude: Prélude du cinquième ton – Nicolas Gigault (1625-1707)
  • Organ Offertorium: Plain-chant for Communion – Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)
  • Organ Voluntary: Hymne d’Actions de grâces “Te Deum” – Jean Langlais (1907-1991)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Holy, holy, holy, God almighty Lord!
Holy, holy, holy, Everywhere adored!

He without beginning, He th’eternal one
reigns and rules for ever all things ‘neath the sun.

Power and love and wonder circling round His throne,
praise Him, holy, holy, Lord of life alone.

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Sunday 15 May 10am – CHOIR

Pentecost Sunday


Gen 11.1-9; Ex 19.3-8,16-20; Jn 7.37-39

  • Introit: (Gregorian, Wis 1.7, Ps 67) Spiritus Domini replevit orbem terrarum, alleuia… The spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world, alleluia…
  • Mass setting: Missa Papae Marcelli (G.P. da Palaestrina)
  • Sequence: Holy Spirit Lord of Light
  • Motet: Dum Complerentur (G.P. da Palaestrina)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Acts 2.2,4,11) Factus est repente de caelo sonus advenientis spiritus vehementis, ubi erant sedentes Alleluia, et repleti sunt omnes Spiritu Sancto loquentes magnalia Dei alleluia…. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind coming where they were sitting, and all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking the wonderful works of God…
  • Hymns: TIS 398 Come down O Love Divine DOWN AMPNEY, TIS 572(ii) O thou who camest from above HEREFORD
  • Organ Prelude: Come Holy Ghost, Creator Blest – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
  • Organ Offertorium: “Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire” – Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fantasia – “Come Holy Ghost” BWV 651 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 8 May 10am – CANTOR

The Ascension of the Lord (C) Year of Luke

Acts 1.1-11; Eph 1.17-23; Lk 24.46-53Ascension Folio

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom
  • Hymns: TIS 224(i) All Hail the power of Jesus’ name MILES LANE; TIS 517 Hallelujah sing to Jesus HYFRYDOL; TIS 237 Hail redeemer, King Divine REX
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Ps 67.33,34) Psallite Domino qui ascendit super caelos caelorum ad Orientem, alleluia Sing to the Lord who has ascended the highest heavens, Alleluia
  • Organ Prelude: Prologue on ‘Ascension’ – Healey Willan (1880-1964)
  • Organ Offertorium: Élévation – Charles Tournemire (1870-1939
  • Organ Voluntary: Sonata No. 3 – 1st mvt – Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Cantor: Noel Debien

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Sunday 1 May 10am – CHOIR

6th Sunday of Easter (C) Year of Luke

Acts 15.1-2,22-29;Rev 21.10-14, 22-23; Jn 14.23-29 The Holy Spirit will remind you of all I have said to youBambergApocalypseFolio055rNew_Jerusalem 

  • Mass setting: Missa Dixit Maria (Hassler)
  • Motet: O Thou the Central Orb (Gibbons)
  • Communio: (Gregorian Jn 14.26): Spiritus Sanctus docebit vos, alleluia: quaecumque dixero vobis, alleluia. The Holy Spirit will teach you, alleluia; all the things that I have said to you, Alleluia.
  • Hymns: TIS 416 Great God your spirit JERUSALEM, TIS 408 Love divine, all loves excelling BLAENWERN
  • Organ Prelude: Élévation – Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897)
  • Organ Offertorium: “Just as I am” – Jack Goode (1921-2002)
  • Organ Voluntary: “O what their joy and their glory must be” – Derek Healey (b. 1936)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 24 April 10am – CHOIR

5th Sunday of Easter (C) Year of Luke

Acts 14.21-27; Rev 21.1-5; Jn 13.31-35 I give you a new commandment: Love one anotherChrist_the_True_Vine_icon 

  • Mass setting: Mass for Five Voices (W. Byrd)
  • Motet: Behold the tabernacle of God (Harris)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Jn 15.5) Ego sum vitis vera et vos palmites, qui manet in me, et ego in eo, hic fert fructum, alleluia…I am the true vine and you are the branches; those who abide in me and I in them, they shall bear much fruit, alleluia…
  • Hymns: TIS 408 Love divine, all loves excelling BLAENWERN, TIS 520 Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour BRYN CALFARIA (611)
  • Organ Prelude: Trio in ‘c’ minor – Johann Krebs (1713-1780)
  • Organ Offertorium: Adagio – John Bennett (1735-1784)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fond d’orgue – Louis Marchand (1669-1732)

Organist: Bransby Byrne


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Sunday 17 April 10am – CHOIR

4th Sunday of Easter (C) Year of Luke


 Acts 13.14, 43-52, Rev 7.9, 14-17, Jn 10.27-30 The lamb will be their shepherd, and lead them to springs of living water

  • Mass setting: Missa Surrexit Pastor Bonus (Orlando di Lasso)
  • Motet: Flocks in Pastures green Abiding (J.S.Bach from Cantata No 208)
  • Communio: (Gregorian Jn 10.14) Ego sum pastor bonus, alleluia: et cognosco oves meas, et cognoscunt me meae… I am the Good shepherd says the Lord. I know my sheep and my own know me…
  • Hymns: Shepherd of souls NEUMARK; At the Lamb’s High Feast we sing SALZBURG
  • Organ Prelude: Andante Tranquillo – Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
  • Organ Offertorium: Antienne du 1er mode – Vincent d’Indy (1851-1931)
  • Organ Voluntary: Pax Vobiscum – Garth Edmundson (1900-1971)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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