Sunday 28 May 10am – CHOIR

The Ascension of the Lord (A) Year of Matthew

Acts 1.1-11; Eph 1.17-23; Lk 24.46-53Ascension_of_Our_Lord

  • Mass setting: Missa Ascendo ad Patrem (Palaestrina)
  • Motet: Caelos ascendit hodie (Charles Villiers Stanford) Today Jesus Christ the king of glory ascends into the heavens 
  • Communio:  Data est mihi omnis potestas in caelo et in terra, alleluia: euntes, docete omnes gentes, baptizantes eos in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, alleluia. All power has been given to me in heaven and on earth, alleluia; go therefore and teach all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, alleluia.
  • Hymns: TIS 369 Hail the day that sees him rise CHISLEHURST, Lord enthroned in Heavenly Splendour tune BRYN CALFARIA
  • Organ Prelude: Majesty of Christ, L’Ascension 1 – Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
  • Organ Offertorium: Fauxbourdon – Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566)
  • Organ Voluntary: Heut’ triumphiret Gottes Sohn  BWV 630 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1659-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 21 May 10am – CHOIR

6th Sunday of Easter (A) Year of Matthew

Acts 8.5-8; 1 Pet 3.15-18; Jn 14.15-21 If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you for ever.


  • Mass setting: Missa Ave Regina Caelorum (Palaestrina)
  • Motet: If ye love Me (Tallis)
  • Communio: (Gregorian) Non vos relinquiam orphanos: veniam ad vos iterum, Alleluia: et gaudebit cor vestrum, Alleluia. I will not leave you orphans: I go away and I come unto you again, and your heart shall rejoice, alleluia.
  • Hymns: Love Divine, all loves excelling tune BLAENWERN; Soul of my Saviour ANIMA CHRISTI
  • Organ Prelude: Air’ – Derek Holman(b. 1931)
  • Organ Offertorium: Adagio in ‘C’ – John Travers (1703-1758)
  • Organ Voluntary: Chromatic Fugue (from Sonata 4) – Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 14 May 10am – CANTOR

5th Sunday of Easter (A) Year of Matthew

Acts 6.1-7; 1Pt 2.4-9; Jn 14.1-12 I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me Easter_Altar_Cloth3

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom (C.D. Smith)
  • Communio: Tanto tempore vobiscum sum et non cognovistis me? Philippe, qui videt me, videt et Patrem, alleluia. Non credis quia ego in Patre, et Pater in me est? Alleluia, alleluia. Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me? Philip, he who sees me, sees the Father. Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? Alleluia, alleluia.
  • Hymns: I know that my Redeemer Lives DUKE STREET; TIS 535 I am the bread of life BREAD OF LIFE; Alleluia Sing to Jesus HYFRYDOL
  • Organ Prelude: Récit de Nazard – Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)
  • Organ Offertorium: Trio in ‘D’ – Jacques Lemmens (1823-1881)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fanfare – Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 7 May 10am – CHOIR

4th Sunday of Easter (A) Year of Matthew

Acts 2.14, 36-41; 1Pt 1.20-25; Jn 10.1-10  I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly Good_Shepherd2

  • Mass setting: Missa Aeterna Christi Munera (Palestrina)
  • Motet: Surrexit pastor bonus* (Palestrina)
  • Communio: (Gregorian Jn 10.14) Ego sum pastor bonus, alleluia: et cognosco oves meas, et cognoscunt me meae, alleluia, alleluia. I am the good shepherd says the Lord. I know my sheep and my own know me, alleluia, alleluia.
  • Hymns: TIS 59 All people that on earth do dwell OLD 100th; TIS 145 The king of love my shepherd is DOMINUS REGIT ME
  • Organ Prelude: Aria – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
  • Organ Offertorium: Pausa – Conrad Paumann (1410-1473)
  • Organ Voluntary: Òffertoire ‘O Filii et Filiae’ – Jean Dandrieu (1681/2?-1738)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Surrexit pastor bonus qui animam suam posuit pro ovibus suis,
et pro grege suo mori dignatus est, alleluia.

The good shepherd has arisen, who laid down his life for his sheep,
and for his flock deigned to die, alleluia.

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Sunday 30 April 10am – VISITING CHOIR

3rd Sunday of Easter (A) Year of Matthew

Acts 2.14, 22-23, 1Pt 1.17-21; Lk 24.13-35 He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them Supper-at-Emmaus-Caravaggio

  • Mass setting: Mass in the Dorian Mode – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
  • Motet: ‘O pray for the peace of Jerusalem’ – Herbert Howells
  • Communio: Surrexit Dominus, et apparuit Petro, alleluia. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Peter, alleluia.
  • Hymns: Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts HEREFORD; Strengthen for service ACH GOTT UND HERR
  • Organ Prelude: Air – Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • Organ Offertorium: Prelude on ‘St Peter’ – Craig Sellar Lang (1891-1971)
  • Organ Voluntary: Carillon ‘O Filii et Filiae’ – Richard Keys Biggs (1886-1962)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

This week there will be a visiting choir, the Brabyn Singers, conducted by Bransby Byrne.

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Sunday 23 April 10am – CANTOR

2nd Sunday of Easter (A) Year of Matthew – “Quasimodo” Sunday

Acts 2:42-47; 1Pt 1:3-9; Jn 20.19-31 Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe 

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom
  • Communio: (Gregorian Jn 20.27) Mitte manum tuam, et cognosce loca clavorum, alleluia, et noli esse incredulus, sed fidelis alleluia. Stretch forth your hand and feel the place where the nails were, alleulia, and be not doubtful but believing, alleluia.
  • Hymns: CWB 449 Alleluia, sing to Jesus HYFRYDOL; TIS 520 Lord enthroned in heavenly Splendour tune TIS 611 BRYN CALFARIA; CWB 507 Humbly we adore thee ADORO TE
  • Organ Prelude: Symphonie 4 (3rd mvt. Andante) – Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937)
  • Organ Offertorium: Praised be You, Jesus Christ – Gustav Merkel (1827-1885)
  • Organ Voluntary: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Georg Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Organist: Bransby Byrne


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Sunday 16 April 10am – CHOIR

Mass of Easter Day

Acts 10.34,37-43; Col 3.1-4; Jn 20.1-9

  • Mass setting: Missa Brevis in F KV192 (Mozart)
  • Psalm: This is the day (Willcock)
  • Gospel Acclamation: triple plainsong
  • Motets:
    • (during lustration) Vidi aquam (Ross) I saw water flowing forth from the temple on the right side, alleluia.
    • (during the dedication) I was glad*(Parry)
    • (during communion) Greater Love** (John Ireland)
  • Hymns: TIS 360 Light’s reddening dawn gleams through the sky LASST UNS ERFREUEN; TIS 520 Lord enthroned in heavenly Splendour tune TIS 611 BRYN CALFARIA; TIS 386 By your kingly power, O risen Lord RUGGIERO
  • Solemn dismissal with double Alleluia
  • Organ Prelude: Easter Prelude – Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
  • Organ Offertorium: Jesus Christ, our Saviour – Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
  • Organ Voluntary: Marche Triomphale – Theodore Dubois (1837-1924)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand in thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity in itself. O pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls and plenteousness within thy palaces.

**Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can the floods drown it. Love is strong as death.
Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
That we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.
Ye are washed, ye are sanctified,
ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation;
That ye should show forth the praises of him
who hath call’d you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto to God, which is your service.

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