Music Ministry News and Announcements

Anyone interested in joining the Music Ministry as a Cantor, Chorister, or Accompanist is welcome to come to practice at 6:00 PM on Thursday.  Please call the Parish Office for more information.

Baptism of the Lord - Ordinary Form

Propers - Bartlett - Simple English Propers / Alstott - Respond and Acclaim

Ordinary - 109 Cum jubilo / Mass IX

Prelude - 532 Go Tell It on the Mountain

Entrance Hymn: 600 Joy to the World (ANTIOCH)

Offertory Hymn: 757 Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (SALZBURG)

Communion Hymn: 742 See Amid the Winter's Snow (HUMILITY)

or 576 I Wonder as I Wander

733 Resonet in Laudibus (***7 verses - PBOC p 246)

Recessional: 568 How Great Our Joy (JÜNGST)


Holy Family - Extraordinary Form

Propers - Liber brevior

Ordinary - Cum jubilo

Credo - III

Entrance Hymn - 702 Once in Royal David's City

Post offertorium (incensation) - 727 Puer Natus in Bethlehem (12 verses - PBOC) 

Post communio - PC Gaudete Christus est natus

ACH Salve Pater Salvatoris

428 Alma Redemtoris Mater

Recessional Hymn - 733 Resonet in Laudibus (***7 verses - PBOC p 246)


News from the Schola - Changing seasons, changing chants
During Advent and Lent we've used Missa Jubilate Deo for most of the last 20 years for Sunday Mass. Missa Jubilate Deo is a combination of Kyrie XVI, Sanctus XVIII and Agnus Dei XVIII; Paul VI had a booklet containing these and some other simple chants sent to the bishops in 1974 asking that all the faithful learn them. It is useful as a starting point for learning the ordinary because these chants are probably the easiest in the Kyriale.
However, the traditional uses of Mass XVI and Sanctus XVIII are for ferias (weekday Masses which are not feasts). This year, we are going to take things up a notch and sing Mass XVII, which is the ordinary traditionally intended for Sundays in Advent and Lent. I promise you it is an easy setting, and it can be found at number 121-123 in the St. Michael Hymnal. For the Marian feasts in Advent, we will use Mass IX (Cum jubilo) - the same as was used for Assumption.
If you'd like a resource to learn the chants for Mass XVII or Mass IX before Advent, I recommend the excellent CC Watershed practice recordings of all the Mass settings here: .
I would like to thank a donor (you know who you are) for the gift of several volumes of Nova Organi Harmonia, a set of accompaniments for the Graduale Romanum and many, many hymns. With our small numbers and modest skills, accompaniment is very helpful.
I also ask for your prayers for our musicians at this time. Even in a normal year, Christmastide brings us great joy but also stress. Some of our musicians will leave town to be with family until the next semester at Appalachian State, and others cannot sing with us at this time because they are at high risk for COVID19. I appreciate everything they do. Those that remain will work extra hard. We expand our repertoire of chant and hymns almost every week. St. Cecilia, a patroness of church musicians, has her feast day on November 22 (which is also Christ the King on the new calendar this year). Please ask her to put in a word for us with our Lord. Every prayer helps.
Kyrie XVII and Credo VI
Just to clarify, the Kyrie we will use is the one called Option B on the CC Watershed practice website in the previous post. This matches the one in the St. Michael Hymnal, the Parish Book of Chant 2ed, and the Liber Usualis.

At the EF Mass, we will also use Credo VI (a simpler setting) during Advent. I will try to make sure we have a pew card for this. The ordinary of the Mass constitutes about 15% of the singing that we do during a Mass. I promise all of you that many of your favorite Advent hymns will return this year.



Guide to Music in the Masses

A number of people have asked me or other singers about where to find the Sanctus that we sing at Sunday Mass.  At the Ordinary Form Masses with English homilies (4:30 Saturday, 9:00 Sunday), the Kyrie Eleison (Lord Have Mercy) and Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Glory to God) are taken from Fr. Webber's Mass in Honor of St. Thomas More, which is printed on a pew card. 
At the Extraordinary Form Mass (1:00 Sunday), we usually sing the whole Ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) from Missa de Angelis (Mass VIII in the Kyriale Romanum). This begins at page 105 in the St. Michael Hymnal (the blue book). We also generally sing Credo III, which is at page 213.
For the Ordinary Form, we use the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) from Missa de Angelis (Mass VIII) as well. These are numbers 107 and 108, respectively.
There are exceptions to these selections. For example, we will probably use Mass XVIII for all Sunday Masses during Advent and Lent (which we've done for many, many years). We also sometimes sing Mass IX (Missa Cum Jubilo) for Marian feasts, and Mass I (Lux et Origo) during Easter.
Whichever ordinary we use, I try to put the first number that we are using that day on the board. So, if Missa de Angelis is being used for the whole Mass and the day requires the Gloria, you will see 105 on the hymn board to the liturgical south (right) of the sanctuary. There isn't enough room to put all four numbers up there, but just know that they are always in sequence (105, 106, 107, 108). If we are singing the Credo (Creed), I usually remember to put that number up there, too.
There is also some confusion about what those "funny notes" are on the page for the ancient settings. They are neumes. The ancient Mass settings are typeset in Gregorian chant notation. If someone wants to see them notated in modern Italian notation, here is a good resource: Mass VIII is on page 53. Credo III is on page 59.