Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS (First Friday Edition)

First Friday - Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart
Extraordinary Form - 6 PM - September 2, 2011
Sacred Heart Church - West Warwick, RI

Propers: from The Complete Proper of the Mass by Koch and Greene
Ordinary: Mass VIII

O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine
Cor Dulcis, Cor Amabile (harm. from the New St. Basil Hymnal)
Cor Jesu Trinitate (tune: "Gott Soll Gepriesen")
To Jesus' Heart, All-Burning


Saturday, August 27, 2011


Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 11 AM
Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, RI

Would have been my dad's (+1981) 78th birthday.

To casket: Requiem aeternam
To altar: Lift High the Cross
Psalm 63: Weber
Alleluia: Mode VI
Offertory: Ave Maria (Victoria)
Mass XVIII / Mortem Tuam
Amen: adapted from Sanctus VIII
Communion: Lux aeterna, followed by Jesus, Son of Mary
Commendation: I believe (H. St. Louis)
Recessional: In Paradisum (Mode VII)

Subject to change in case the request line is tapped into.

Friday, August 26, 2011


A couple of nights ago, I took my daughter Brittany to her high school for freshman orientation. You can tell that Ann and I are becoming old farts when our fourth and final child is now entering high school. Anyhoo, that accomplished...

We go back to the van - dead battery, and I know I didn't leave anything on! Long story short, my brother Glen gave me a jump, followed me home in case the van dies on the way home. Successful ride home, but the battery would not hold a charge for all the tea in China. Shut van off - couldn't restart.

Today was the first chance I had to get my battery, so I hit the happy bus trail - ah yes, good old public transit and its sporadic schedules. First time I've taken a bus anywhere in about four years. Before I could buy a battery, I needed to have money. So, it's off to the church to get my paycheck. I hopped a 10:40 bus from the main drag near me, got to downtown Providence by about 11:20.

The next bus I needed to West Warwick from Providence wasn't due in till 12:30, so I went to grab a cheeseburger at the roach coach across the street. I no sooner get there and some guy's looking to buy jewelry off me. The only jewelry I wear is my watch and my wedding ring. The guy says "Hey buddy, got some jewelry ya wanna sell?" "No thanks, I'm good," I reply. "How about that wedding ring? Wanna sell that?" "Nope. Not for sale." "Are you sure? I got all the money you want!" he exclaims, and proceeds to open his wallet and display his wad of bills (could be all ones for all I know). I finally said, "Look man, I'm happily married! This ring isn't going ANYWHERE!" He apologized and backed off.

Got my chizz-burger (was quite good, I must say; I should have gotten the name on the roach coach, but it was well worth the deuce), and finally hopped the 12:30 bus to West Warwick. Got a return timetable off the driver. It was 1:00 when I got off the bus at the CVS right next door to the church. I looked at the return trip timetable - the next bus going back wasn't due to hit the CVS area till 2:05. Collected my paycheck, called my wife from the rectory, then went to the church since I had all this time to kill. Went up and practiced for about a half hour, chatted with the sacristan for about five minutes before I left. Back to the bus stop at about 1:50 in case the bus runs early (it ran ten minutes late instead).

Finally - by 5:00-ish (big stress on the "ish"), with some help from my wife and my son, we got the battery on and the van fired right up. Hopefully it stays that way!

Lesson for all you bus stop peddlers:



Thursday, August 25, 2011


Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 29, 2011
Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, Rhode Island

This particular Sunday I remember ever so perfectly - from about six years ago. Two of the hymns that I'm doing this Sunday, I did on August 28, 2005 at the Geistkirche. They were "Take up your cross" and "Lift high the cross" (I also had "Keep in mind" and "There's a wideness" that weekend). After the anticipated Mass, the visiting priest squeaked "I felt like I was in Lent!" The priest in question is a well-known guitar-strummin' priest from the national shrine just minutes from where I live, and his brand of music sounds so... sixties! Local readers probably know EXACTLY of whom I speak. :)

Fast forward to August 29, 2011 at Sacred Heart, where good music and good liturgy is actually appreciated!

E: Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates - "Truro"
O: Take up your cross, the Savior said - "O Jesu, Mi Dulcissime"
M: When I survey the wondrous cross - "Rockingham"
R: Lift high the cross - "Crucifer"

Psalm 63: My soul is thirsting for you - Weber
Alleluia: Mode VI (Verse: Tone 6F)
Eucharist: People's/Danish

Communion anthem: In the cross of Christ I glory - "Charlestown", arr. BMP


Friday, August 19, 2011


Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 21, 2011
Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, Rhode Island

Just two more weeks before we start singing newly-translated ordinaries!

E: Christ is made the sure foundation / "Westminster Abbey"
O: O Christ, the great foundation / "Aurelia"
M: O Jesus, joy of loving hearts / "Wareham"
R: Christ's Church shall glory in his pow'r / "Ein' Feste Berg"

Psalm: Lord, your love is eternal... / Gelineau
Alleluia: Mode VI (verse: tone 6F)
Sanctus and Agnus: People's / Vermulst
Memorial C and Amen: Danish

Communion anthem: Panis Angelicus / Franck


Saturday, August 13, 2011

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS (Holy Day of Non-Obligation Edition)

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15, 2011
Sacred Heart Church - West Warwick, RI

By some goofy rule, if certain Holy Days of Obligation fall on a Saturday or a Monday, the "obligation" is dropped. Still a holy day, mind you. Come to Mass anyways. You'll be glad you did. We have two Masses this Monday, and there will be music for both - 9 AM and 7 PM.

Entrance: Hail, holy Queen enthroned above / "Salve Regina Caelitum"
Psalm: The Queen stands at your right hand / BMP
- Note: the link is to the Psalm's own page at Christus Vincit Music, which not only includes the music (which you can download for free), but the YouTube version of iSNARK! TV 8, so you can learn how we interpret the Psalm AND be entertained.
Alleluia: Mode VI (verse sung to tone 6F)
Offertory: Ave Maria (Victoria or Arcadelt)
People's/Danish Mass combo (with Memorial C)
Communion: Daily, daily, sing to Mary / "Omni Die Dic Mariae"
Meditation: Salve Regina / Chant
Recessional: Immaculate Mary / "Lourdes Hymn"


Thursday, August 11, 2011

MUSIC FOR HOLY MASS (Church Feast Edition)

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 14, 2011
Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, RI

5:00 Saturday Mass is our "parish feast" -- that is, SS. Pietro Martire and Domenico Abate. These two saints hailed from a town in Italy where many of our parishioners and/or their ancestors also hailed from. This should answer any questions regarding our use of "For All the Saints", and the use of two pieces in Italian. The brass trio will be joining us for this Mass.

Entrance: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty - "Lobe den Herren"
Gloria (if sung): Pope Paul VI - Connor
Psalm: O God, let all the nations praise you - Alstott (Respond and Acclaim)
Alleluia: Mode VI (Verse sung to tone 6F)
Offertory: For all the saints - "Sine Nomine"
Picchi/Danish Mass combo (Saturday)
People's/Danish Mass combo (Sunday)
Communion: (1) Credo in Te (in Italian - tune: "Bethany", that is, "Nearer my God to Thee")
- (2) T'adoriam ostia divina (Italian)
Meditation: Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All - "Sweet Sacrament"
Recessional: Holy God, we praise thy Name - "Grosser Gott"


Thursday, August 4, 2011


Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 7, 2011
Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, Rhode Island

LOBE DEN HERREN: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
BMP: Lord, let us see your kindness
Mode VI Alleluia (Verse: tone 6F)
ARTAVIA: I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
People's/Danish (w/Memorial C)
SCH├ľNSTER HERR JESU: Fairest Lord Jesus
KING'S WESTON: At the name of Jesus
HANOVER: O worship the King