Sunday 31 July 10am – CANTOR

18th Sunday in Ordinary time (C) Year of Luke

Eccl 1.2, 2.21-23; Col 3.1.5, 9-11 Store up treasure for yourself in heavenGreen banner ordinary time

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom
  • Communio: (Gregorian, wis 16.20) Panem de caelo dedisti nobis, Domine, habentem omne delactamentum, et omnem saporem suavitatis You gave us bread from heaven, O lord, having in itself all that is delicious, and the sweetness of every taste
  • Hymns: CWB 662 Come to me all you who labour MISNEACH, One bread, one body; TIS 398 Come down O Love Divine DOWN AMPNEY
  • Organ Prelude: O Magnum Mysterium – Dulcie Holland (1913-2000), Australian Composer
  • Organ Offertorium: Chorale Prelude – Crux Fidelis – Geoffrey Shaw (1879-1943)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fugue in ‘g’ minor BWV 578 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Cantor: Edmond Park

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Sunday 24 July 10am – CHOIR

17th Sunday in Ordinary time (C) Year of Luke

Gen 18.20-32; Col 2.12-14; Lk 11.1-13 Lord, teach us to prayPaterNosterManuscript

  • Mass setting: Mass in F (Herbert Sumsion)
  • Motet: Ave verum corpus (Mozart)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Lk 11.9, and Ps 30) Petite, et accipietis quaerite, et invenietis: pulsate, et apperietur vobis: omnis enim qui petit, accipit: et qui quaerit, invenit: pulsanti aperietur, alleluia Ask, and it shall be given you: seek and you shall find: knock and it shall be opened to you, for everyone that ask recieves, and those who seek shall find, and to those that knock, the door shall be opened. Alleluia.
  • Hymns: Forgive our sins (tune: ST NICHOLAS), TIS 485 My God accept my heart this day (tune 514 BELMONT)
  • Organ Prelude: Voluntary in ‘d’ minor – William Croft (1678-1727)
  • Organ Offertorium: Benedicimus te – Nicolas le Bègue (1630-1702)
  • Organ Voluntary: Organ Sonata no. 2 (3rd & 4th mvts.) – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 17 July 10am – CHOIR

16th Sunday in Ordinary time (C) Year of Luke

Gen 18.1-10; Col 1.24-28; Lk 10.38-42 You are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Christ_in_the_House_of_Martha_and_Mary_Vermeer

  • Mass setting: Missa Pater Noster (Palestrina)
  • Motet: O taste and see how gracious the Lord is (Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872-1958, composed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953)
  • Communio: (Lk 10.42., Gregorian) Optimam partem elegit sibi Maria, quae non auferetur abea in aeternum Mary has chosen the better part. It will never be taken away from her.
  • Hymns: TIS 125 The God of Abraham Praise YIGDAL (LEONI); TIS 485 My God accept my heart this day (tune 514 BELMONT)
  • Organ Prelude: Pastorale – Ignace Leybach (1817-1891)
  • Organ Offertorium: Versillo del Sexto Tono – Francisco Llissá (died after 1738)
  • Organ Voluntary: Carillon – Herbert Murrill (1909-1952)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 10 July 10am – CANTOR

15th Sunday in Ordinary time (C) Year of Luke

Green banner ordinary timeDeut 30.10.-14, Col 1.15-20, Lk.10. 25-37 Who is my neighbour?

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom
  • Communio: ( Ps 83, Grgeorian ) Passer invenit sibi domum, et turtur nidum, ubi reponat pullos suos: altaria tua Domine virtutum, Rex meus, et deus meus: beati qui habitant in domo tua, in saeculum saeculi The sparrow has found herself a home, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young: at your altars O Lord of hosts, my King and my God! Blessed are they who dwell in your house, they shall praise you for ever and ever.
  • Hymns: TIS 102 YIGDAL (LEONI) Praise to the Living God; TIS 658 Servant Song Brother, sister let me serve you; TIS 699  A New Commandment NEW COMMANDMENT
  • Organ Prelude: Fuga 1 – Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
  • Organ Offertorium: Versus ‘Te per orbem terrarum’ – John Redford (1486-1547)
  • Organ Voluntary: Basse et Dessus de Trompette – Louis-Nicola Clérambault (1676-1749)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Cantor: Rodney Smith

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Sunday 3 July 10am – CHOIR

14th Sunday in Ordinary time (C) Year of Luke

Today the Choir of St Francis of Assisi, Paddington, will be joined by the Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge University, UK.


Is 66.10-14; Gal 6.14-18. Lk 10.1-12, 17-20 The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few

  • Introit: We wait for thy loving kindness (W. McKie)
  • Mass setting: Mass for Four Voices (W. Byrd)
  • Motet (Offertory): Set me as a seal upon thine heart (William Walton)
  • Communio: (Ps 33.9) Gustate et videte, quoniam suavis est Dominus: beatus vir, qui sperat in eo Taste and see that the Lord is sweet: blessed is the one who hopes in Him
  • Hymns: TIS 347 We sing the praise of him who died BOW BRICKHILL; Love Divine, all Loves excelling BLAENWERN
  • Organ Prelude: Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland (Orgelbüchlein), BWV 599  (J S Bach)
  • Organ Offertorium: Petit Offertoire (César Franck)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542 (J S Bach)

Organist: Jonathon Ellse, Senior Organ Scholar, Christ’s College, Cambridge

St Francis Parish, Paddington

Director of Music: Noel Debien

Organist:   Bransby Byrne

Organist Emeritus, Edward Theodore

Christ’s College, Cambridge

Director of Music: David Rowland

Jonathan Ellse, Senior Organ Scholar

Gabriel Harley, Junior Organ Scholar

Who are Christ’s Chapel Choir from Cambridge?

The Chapel Choir at Christ’s offers students the opportunity to sing in a high-quality middle-commitment choir in Cambridge. The choir sings two evensongs a week in the beautiful college chapel and regularly performs in top London venues, including St Martin-in-the-fields and St John’s Smith Square, as well as a number of English Heritage houses. The choir also typically produces a recording each year, which is released with Regent Records. The latest recording, Christmas from Christ’s, was released in November 2015 and has already received critical acclaim.

Christ’s Chapel Choir will give a concert at 3:30pm on Sunday 3 June at St Francis of Assisi, Paddington, with music by Tallis, Britten, Fauré, and Parry, among others.




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Sunday 26 June 10am – CHOIR

13th Sunday in Ordinary time (C) Year of Luke

1 Kg 19.16, 19-21; Gal 5.1,13-18, Lk 9.51-62 I will follow you wherever you will goChrist Appearence Behind Locked Doors Duccio di Buoninsegna

  • Mass setting: Missa Orbis Factor
  • Motet: Ave Maria (Robert Parsons)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, PS 30) Inclina aurem tuam, accelera ut eruas nos Lend your ear and make haste to help us
  • Hymns: TIS 598 Dear Father, Lord of humankind REPTON, TIS 641 This is my will, my one command SUANTRAI
  • Organ Prelude: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BWV 697 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Organ Offertorium: Our Father In Heaven – Johann Steigleder (1593-1635)
  • Organ Voluntary: Chorale Prelude on Croft’s 136th tune – Charles H.H. Parry (1848-1918)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Notes on the Organ Voluntary (Postlude)

Chorale Prelude on Croft’s 136th tune – Charles H.H. Parry (1848-1918)

Regarded as the finest English composer since Henry Purcell by Charles Villiers Stanford, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918) is well known for ‘I Was Glad’ (the Coronation Anthem, recently sung at the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and even more recently sung at St Francis, Paddington!). His tune ‘Jerusalem’ originally setting the words of William Blake’s ‘And did those feet in ancient time’ is often sung in church, as well as his hymn tune to Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Repton).

His students included Ralph Vaughan Williams (Rise heart, thy Lord is risen), Gustav Holst (The Planets) and John Ireland (Greater Love).

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Sunday 19 June 10am – CHOIR

12th Sunday in Ordinary time (C) Year of Luke

Zech 12.10-11, 13.1, Gal 3.26-29, Lk 9.18-24 You are the Messiah sent by God. It is necessary for the Son of Man to suffer muchChrist embracing the cross (El Greco)

  • Mass setting: Missa Quarti Toni (Victoria)
  • Motet: Salvator Mundi (Blow) Salvator mundi salva nos qui per crucem et sanguinem redemisti nos, auxiliare nobis, te deprecamur Deus noster Saviour of the world save us, who by Your cross and blood have redeemed us, help us, we beseech You our God.
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Mt 16.24) Qui vult venire post me, abneget semetipsum: et tollat crucem suam, et sequator me If anyone wishes to follow me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.
  • Hymns: TIS 111 Praise to the Lord, the almighty LOBE DEN HERREN; One Bread, One Body EUCHARIST
  • Organ Prelude: Chant Ecclésiastique (from ‘Messe des pauvres’) – Erik Satie (1866-1925)
  • Organ Offertorium: Communion – Edwin Lemare (1865-1934)
  • Organ Voluntary: March – Louis Lefébure-Wely (1817-1869)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Notes on the Organ Voluntary (Postlude)

March in ‘Eb’ – Louis Lefébure-Wely (1817 – 1869)

You’ll hear French organ music by Louis Lefébure-Wely at the end of mass today.

If you have ever heard recordings of the organ in Notre Dame in Paris (or been lucky enough to hear it in person), you will know that it makes an enormous and distinctive sound. The maker of the organ was Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, who (long after his death) remains internationally famous for his pipe organs. Louis Lefébure-Wely  and Aristide Cavaillé-Coll are key figures in the development of uniquely French organ music, and  Lefébure-Wely  inaugurated many new organs built by his friend, the iconic Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.

Lefébure-Wely was one of the most respected and popular artistic figures on the Parisian scene of his day, with other famous composers like Cesar Franck and Charles-Valentin Alkan dedicating works to his memory.

He served as organist at L’Église de la Madeleine in Paris from 1847-1958 and at Saint-Sulpice from 1863 until his death in 1869.

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