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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Sunday 18 December 7pm – Nine Lessons and Carols

angeltrumpleftAngelTrumpSt Francis Choir will join the Brabyn Singers for a service of lessons and carols at Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, directed by Bransby Byrne (organist) and Noel Debien.

Lessons will be read by Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO and Sameh Dakhllah.

Details are listed below:

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Sunday 18 December 10am – CANTOR

4th Sunday of Advent (A) Year of Matthew

Is 7.10-14, Rm 1.1-71, Mt 1.18-24

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him EmmanuelAdvent_Cantor_Stained_Glass

  • Mass setting:  Mass Shalom
  • 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: Advent prose (Rorate caeli); TIS 302 The angel Gabriel from heaven came GABRIEL’S MESSAGE; TIS 265 O come, O come, Emmanuel VENI EMMANUEL
  • Organ Prelude: ‘Thy Kingdom come!’ – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
  • Organ Voluntary: Paean on ‘Divinum Mysterium’ – John Cook (1918-1984)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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Sunday 11 December 10am – CHOIR

3rd Sunday of Advent (A) Year of Matthew – Gaudete Sunday

Is 35.1-6,10, James 5.7-10, Mt 11.2-11 angel_trio_rejoice

  • Mass setting: Mass XVIII (de Angelis)
  • Motet: Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Purcell)
  • Communio: (Gregorioan, Isaiah 35.4) Dicite: Pusilanimes confortamini, et nolite timere: ecce Deus noster veniet, et salvabit nos. Say “Take courage, you who are fainthearted, and do not fear; behold, our God will come and he will save us”
  • Hymns: TIS 265 O come, O come, Emmanuel VENI EMMANUEL; Lo, He comes with clouds descending HELMSLEY
  • Organ Prelude: Now come, Redeemer – Diedrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
  • Organ Voluntary: Noël No. 1 – Louis-Claude D’Aquin (1694-1772)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

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