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Hymnal Review: Proper of the Mass

Fr. Samuel Webber's "Proper of the Mass" (cover)

Last year, while I was in London, I made a stop over at the Catholic Truth Society just because I’ve always wanted to see what the bookshop would be like especially since they print our Sunday Missals in this part of the world.

In that quaint shop, I wasn’t expecting to find anything that today I would regard as a dear resource in singing the Mass in the Ordinary Form. It was a treasure to behold, my most prized purchase, and an invaluable possession! Read More…

The Essential Catholic Repertoire

JubilateDeo-BookletIn April 1974 Pope Paul VI sent to every bishop in the world a booklet of some of the simplest selections of Gregorian Chant, much of it drawn from the Graduale Romanum & the Liber Usualis. This booklet, called Jubilate Deo, was intended as a “minimum repertoire of Gregorian chant”. It is, in other words, an official Latin “core repertoire” for the Roman Rite.

It was prepared to assist the choirs and the congregations with familiar and accessible music that would not require much training or competency to sing at the Mass. It also helps to underscore the primacy of Gregorian chant being a staple for the Mass – especially if 1974 would be a time since the liturgical reforms of Vatican 2, that the Novus Ordo would have been introduced to incorporate the verncaular. Read More…

Feast of the Purification


Today marks the Feast of Purification of the Virgin, or Presentation of Jesus at the Temple.

The canticle of Simeon reads:
Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,
your word has been fulfilled:
My own eyes have seen the salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

Also, traditionally known as Candlemas (marking 40 days after Christmas). A custom that’s practised is the blessing of candles (usually from beeswax) which can then be used in homes for the year.

St. Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, speaking on the mystery of Christ’s birth, bids us consider three things in the blessed Candle: the wax, the wick, and the flame. The wax, he says, which is the production of the virginal bee, is the Flesh of our Lord; the wick, which is within, is His Soul; the flame, which burns on top, is His divinity.

Music to accompany this feast:
Nunc dimittis (Canticle of Simeon)
Nunc dimittis in English

J.S. Bach / Ich habe genug, BWV 82
J. S. Bach: Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde, BWV 83
J.S. Bach: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 125

Ave, Regina Caelorum (this would be the seasonal Marian anthem up till Easter Vigil)


Here’s our selection for the Masses for the month of February:

Choir Newsletter – 2016 02 February

(hymn source from Journeysongs, 2nd edition, OCP)

Preparing for Lent 2016


A couple of chants have been selected for Lent 2016 this year, and since we’ll be singing at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday for the first time in a couple many years, we’ve taken the effort to sieve through what would be appropriate to the celebration while restoring the traditions of our Catholic worship for the Ordinary Form.

Lent – Recessional Chant:
Parce, Domine (sung accapella to accompany the procession of the ministers & celebrant after the dismissal)


Palm Sunday:
Hosanna filio David (sung to accompany the gathering of ministers & the celebrant)
Gloria laus et honour (sung during the procession to the church)
Ingrediente Domino (sung during the entry of the church by the procession)


Maundy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper:
Mandatum novum (at the washing of feet)
Ubi caritas et armour (at the end of the washing of feet)

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