Sunday 26 February 10am – CHOIR

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Year of Matthew

Is 49.14-15; 1Cor 4.1-5; Mt 6.24-34 No one can serve two masters…you cannot serve God and wealthst-francis-birds

  • Mass setting: Missa Pater Noster (Palaestrina)
  • Motet: All things bright and beautiful (Rutter)
  • Communio: (Gregorian: Mt 6) Primum quaerite regnum Dei, et omnia adicientur vobis, dicit Dominus Seek first the kingdom of God, and all the rest will be given to you in addition says the lord
  • Hymns: TIS 569 Guide me O thou Great Redeemer CWM RHONDDA; TIS 628 In faith and hope and love ARALUEN
  • Organ Prelude: A Voluntary – Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
  • Organ Offertorium: Hymnus ‘Christe qui lux’ – John Redford (1486-1547)
  • Organ Voluntary: Sonata No. 1 (4th mvt.) – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 19 February 10am – CHOIR

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Year of Matthew

Lev 19.1-2, 17-18; 1Cor 3.16-23; Mt 5.38-48 Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heavencrucifixion-peace

  • Mass setting: Missa Vidi Speciosam (Victoria)
  • Motet: Beati Quorum Via (StanfordBeati quorum via integra est, qui ambulant in lege Domini. Blessed are those whose way is blameless,who walk in the law of the Lord
  • 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, 0 Most High.
  • Hymns: TIS 341 My song is love unknown LOVE UNKNOWN; TIS 584 Just as I am SAFFRON WALDON
  • Organ Prelude: Méditation-Prière – Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
  • Organ Offertorium: ‘In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust’ – Johann Christian Bach (1642-1703)
  • Organ Voluntary: Psalm Rhapsody – Norman Gilbert (1912-1975)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 12 February 10am – CANTOR

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Year of Matthew

Green banner ordinary timeSir 15.15-20; 1 Cor 2.6-10; Mt 5.17-37 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them

  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom (C.D. Smith)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, ps 77) 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 102 Praise to the living God LEONI; TIS 699 A new commandment NEW COMMANDMENT; TIS 641 This is my will, my one command SUANTRAI 
  • Organ Prelude: Capriccio – Johann Froberger (1616-1667)
  • Organ Offertorium: Interlude in ‘D’ – Charles Alexis Chauvet (1837-1871)
  • Organ Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in ‘e’ minor BWV 533 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 5 February 10am – CHOIR

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Year of Matthew

candle-light-of-the-worldIs 58.7-10, 1 Cor 2.1-5, Mt 5.13-16 Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven

  • Mass setting: Missa Aeterni Christi Munera (Palaestrina)
  • Motet: Hail Gladdening Light (Charles Wood) text: Hail! gladdening Light, of His pure glory poured who is th’immortal Father, heavenly, blest,Holiest of Holies-Jesus Christ our Lord! Now we are come to the Sun’s hour of rest; the lights of evening round us shine; we hymn the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit divine! Worthiest art thou at all times to be sung with undefiled tongue, Son of our God, giver of life, alone: Therefore in all the world thy glories, Lord, they own. Amen.
  • Communio: Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetifcat juventum meam. I will go in to the altar of God, to the God who gives joy to my youth.
  • Hymns: TIS 622 Holy Father, God of Might CATHERINE; TIS 497 Let all mortal flesh keep silence PICARDY
  • Organ Prelude: Chorale Prelude on ‘Down Ampney’ – Henry Ley (1887-1962)
  • Organ Offertorium: Trio in ‘G’ – Filippo Cappoci (1840-1911)
  • Organ Voluntary: Fugue No. 5 – François Roberday (1624-1680)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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January 2017 – CHOIR in Recess


Throughout January the choir will be in recess, to return on Sunday 5 February 2017.

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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25 December 10am – CHOIR

Mass of Christmas Day, with Choir and Orchestra

nativity-charles_le_brunIs 52.7-10, Heb 1.1-6, Jn 1.1-8

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory

  • Mass setting: Missa brevis in C, ‘Spatzen-Messe’ (W. Mozart)
  • Gospel Acclamation:  Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah (Handel)
  • Motet: Sir Christèmas (W. Matthias)
  • Communio: Viderunt omnes fines terrae salutare Dei nostri. All the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.
  • Hymns: O Come all ye faithful; Away in a manger; Hark the Herald Angels sing
  • Organ Prelude: Noël ‘Puer nobis nascitur’ – Nicolas le Begue (1630-1702)
  • Organ Offertorium: Noël – Charles Chauvet (1837-1871)
  • Organ Voluntary: In Dulci Jubilo BWV 729 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Friday 25 December Midnight – CHOIR

 Midnight Mass of the Nativity

nativity-image2Is 62.1-5, Titus 2.11-14, Lk 2.1-14

Carols: before the Mass, 11.30 pm 24 December

  • Mass setting: Missa “La Stella” (D. Scarlatti)
  • Introit: (Gregorian) Dominus dixit ad me, Filius meus es tu, ego hodie genui te The Lord said to me, You are my Son, this day I have begotten you
  • Motet: Videte miraculum (Thomas Tallis)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Ps 109) In splendoribus sanctorum, ex utero ante luciferum genui te. Amidst the splendours of the heavenly sanctuary, from the womb, before the morning star, I have begotten you
  • Hymns:  O come all ye Faithful; Silent Night; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • 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

Text of the Motet: Videte miraculum matris Domini: concepit virgo virilis ignara consortii, stans onerata nobili onere Maria; et matrem se laetam cognoscit, quae se nescit uxorem. Haec speciosum forma prae filiis hominum castis concepit visceribus, et benedicta in aeternum Deum nobis protulit et hominem. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto. 


Behold the miracle of the mother of the Lord: a virgin has conceived though she knows not a man, Mary, who stands laden with her noble burden; knowing not that she is a wife, she rejoices to be a mother. She has conceived in her chaste womb one who is beautiful beyond the sons of men, and blessed for ever, she has brought forth God and man for us. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.

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