St Benedict’s Choir & Music Diary

  1. The parish has had an active musical life over the past 150 years and its current direction is heavily shaped by this history. The choir specialises in Renaissance polyphony, chant and contemporary works.

St Benedict’s Choir sings mostly on alternate Sundays at the 10.30 a.m. Solemn Mass and at other important feasts throughout the liturgical year. They are joined by an orchestra and/or a visiting choir each year in July to celebrate St Benedict’s Feast Day and also in November for the Feast of Christ the King.

The choir consists of approximately sixteen regular members, and it welcomes new members who are interested in celebrating the liturgy through the rich tradition of Christian chant and polyphonic music. If you would like to join the choir or book them for a wedding, please contact the Director of Music.

The choir generally sings each fortnight at the 10.30am Mass, alternating with one of our cantors on the other Sunday.

MUSIC DIARY

UPCOMING:

Sunday 10 September – Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 93 – God is love
  • Mass setting: Missa O Quam Gloriosum – Victoria
  • Motet: Justus es Domine – Isaac
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 554 – The law of Christ alone can make us free
  • Recessional: organ postlude

PAST:

2017:

Sunday 27 August – Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 7 – Praise to the living God
  • Mass setting: Missa Tribes Vocibus – Dalitz
  • Motet: Tu es Petrus – Hassler
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 116 – How deep the riches of our God
  • Recessional: organ postlude

Sunday 13 August – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 555 – O Worship the King
  • Mass setting: Missa Iste Sanctus – Guerrero
  • Motet: Domine, si tu es – Gombert
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 54 – God moves in a mysterious way
  • Recessional: organ postlude

Sunday 30 July – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 67 – O Worship the King
  • Mass setting: Missa O Magnum Mysterium – Victoria
  • Motet: Exaltabo Te – Casali
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 562ii – All who love and serve your city
  • Recessional: organ postlude

Sunday 16 July – Patronal Feast of St Benedict

  • Introit: Plainchant – Gaudeamus omnes in Domino
  • Processional Hymn: Hymn to St Benedict
  • Mass setting: Mass for Five Voices – Byrd
  • Motet: Graduale/Os Justi – Bruckner
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 537 – May the mind of Christ my Saviour
  • Recessional: organ improvisation

Sunday 2 July – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 569 – Praise and thanksgiving
  • Mass setting: Missa Brevis – Palestrina
  • Motet: Sicut en holocaustis – Mozart
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 510 – Father hear the prayer we offer
  • Recessional: organ postlude

Sunday 18 June – Corpus Christi

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 424 – Deck thyself with gladness
  • Mass setting: Mass for Three Voices – Byrd
  • Motet: Ave Verum Corpus – Byrd
  • Communion Hymn: Panis Angelicus – Franck
  • Recessional: organ postlude

Sunday 4 June – Pentecost Sunday

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 317 – Lord God, the Holy Ghost
  • Mass Setting: Missa Aeterna Munera – Palestrina
  • Offertory Motet: Veni Creator Spiritus – Victoria
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 310 – Come down O Love Divine
  • Recessional: organ postlude

Sunday 28 May – Feast of the Ascension

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 293 – God is gone up on high
  • Mass Setting: Missa Sine Nomine – Palestrina
  • Offertory Motet: Ascendens Christus – Palestrina
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 292 – Our Lord is risen from the dead
  • Recessional: organ postlude

Sunday 14 May – Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 282i – Christ the Lord is risen again
  • Mass Setting: Mass for Three Voices – Byrd
  • Offertory Motet: Tanto tempore vobiscum sum (à 5) – Sweelink
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 608 – Gentle Virgin Mother
  • Recessional: organ postlude

Sunday 30 April – Third Sunday of Easter, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 278 – Come, you faithful
  • Mass Setting: Missa de Angelus – Bartolucci
  • Offertory Motet: Alleluia, Cognovarunt – Byrd
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 622 – Through the Red Sea
  • Recessional: organ postlude

Sunday 16 April – Easter Sunday 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 276 Light’s glittering morn
  • Mass Setting: Plainchant – Missa de Angelus
  • Psalm, Sequence and Alleluia – Plainchant
  • Offertory Motet: Dextera Domini – Franck
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 280 – Jesus Christ is risen today
  • Recessional: organ postlude

Saturday 15 April – Easter Vigil 

  • Exultet: plainchant
  • Psalms 103, 50, 41: various settings for choir
  • Mass setting: Missa Brevis – Howard
  • Easter Alleluia & organ extemporisation
  • Liturgy of Baptism: plainchant Litany of the Saints & organ improvisations
  • Offertory Hymn: AHB 306 – By Your kingly power
  • Thanksgiving: I know that my Redeemer liveth – Handel
  • Recessional: Organ postlude

Friday 14 April – Good Friday 

  • Psalm: Father I put my life in your hands – Gelineau
  • The Passion of St John: Plainchant with choral sections and Bach chorale tropes
  • Veneration of the Cross: AHB 258 When I survey the wondrous cross; plainchants: Crux Fidelis & Crucem Tuam; Tenebrae Factae Sunt – Brumby
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 261 – Were you there?
  • Communion Motet: Christus Factus Est – Asola

Thursday 13 April – Maundy Thursday

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 598 – By Your Priestly Power
  • Kyrie & Gloria: Missa Brevis – Palestrina
  • Washing of the feet – Hymns: AHB 591 – Where there is charity and love & AHB 453 – An upper room
  • Motet: Ubi caritas et amor – chant with polyphonic passages by Dalitz
  • Sanctus: plainchant
  • Agnus Dei: plainchant 
  • Communion: Tristis est anima – Martini
  • Procession to Altar of Repose – English plainchant: Sing my Tongue
  • During the Adoration: Tantum ergo – Durufle

Sunday 9 April – Palm Sunday 

  • Processional – plainchant: Hosanna filio David
  • Palm Blessing – plainchant: Pueri Hebraeorum
  • Entrance hymn: AHB 250 – All Glory, Praise and Honour
  • Gospel trope: O Jesus Crucified – Connolly
  • Offertory Motet: Pueri Hebraeorum – Victoria
  • Sanctus: Missa O Quam Gloriosum – Victoria
  • Agnus Dei: plainchant  & Missa O Quam Gloriosum – Victoria
  • Thanksgiving hymn: AHB 264 Ride on, ride on in majesty
  • Organ Recession: Organ postlude

Sunday 26 March – Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 396 – May this Lenten discipline
  • Mass setting: Missa O Magnum Mysterium – Victoria
  • Motet: Bone Pastor – Tallis
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 16 – The Lord’s my shepherd
  • Recessional: Orhan postlude

Sunday 12 March – Second Sunday in Lent, Year A

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 390 – How good Lord to be here
  • Mass setting: Requiem a4 (excerpts with ordinary text) – Victoria
  • Motet: Ad preces nostras Deitatis aures- Victoria
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 352 – Blessed Jesus at your word
  • Recessional: Chorale Prelude – Liebster Jesu – JS Bach

Sunday 26 February – Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 562ii – All who love and serve your city
  • Mass setting: Missa Dominicalis – Victoria
  • Motet: Justus es Domine – Isaac
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 18 – I waited for the Lord my God
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 12 February – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 385 – The church’s one foundation
  • Mass setting: Missa Sine Nomine – Palestrina
  • Motet: Benedictus Es Domine – Lassus
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 554 – The Law of Christ alone can make us free
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 29 January – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 3 – All creatures of our God and King
  • Mass setting: Missa Aeterna Munera – Palestrina
  • Motet: Blessed is the man – Steggall
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 376 – Blest are the pure in heart
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 1 January – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 612 – Hail Queen of Heaven
  • Mass setting: Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians – Connolly
  • Motet: Ave Maria – Arcadelt
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 222 – The angel Gabriel from heaven came
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

 

2016:

Sunday 25 December – Christmas Day 10.30 Mass, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 228 – O come all ye faithful
  • Mass setting: Missa de Angelus – plainchant
  • Anthem: The North Wind – James
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 235 – Angels from the realms of glory
  • Recessional Hymn: AHB 227 – Hark the Herald Angels sing

Saturday 24 December – Midnight Mass (12am), Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 228 – O come all ye faithful
  • Mass setting: Missa Brevis – Palestrina
  • Anthem: Sussex Carol (On Christmas night) – arr. Vaughan Williams
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 242 – Away in a manger
  • Recessional Hymn: AHB 224 – Joy to the World

Sunday 18 December – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 193 – O come, O come Emmanuel
  • Mass setting: Missa Salve Regina – Dalitz
  • Anthem: People Look East – Besançon/Farjeon
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 200 – Come Thou long expected Jesus
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Thursday 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Celebration of the 160th Anniversary of St Benedict’s Church Bell Tower) 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 617 – Immaculate Mary, we praise God in you
  • Mass setting: Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians – Connolly
  • Anthem: Carol of the Bells – Leontovych  & I heard the bells – (to O Waly Waly) trad.
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 616 – Virgin great and glorious
  • Recessional: A pealing of the bells

Sunday 4 December – Second Sunday of Advent, Year A (Celebration of the external restoration of St Benedict’s Church) with guest choir: Coro Innominata

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 199 – On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
  • Mass setting: Mass for Five Voices – Byrd
  • Motet: Locus Iste – Bruckner
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 344 (to 147ii) – Christ is our cornerstone
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 20 November – Feast of Christ the King, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 163 – Crown Him with many crowns
  • Mass setting: Missa Aeterna Christi Munera – Palestrina
  • Motet: O Rex Gloriae – Palestrina
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 147ii – Rejoice, the Lord is King
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 6 November – Thirty Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 7 – Praise to the living Lord
  • Mass setting:  Mass for Three Voices – Byrd
  • Motet: Hide not Thou Thy Face – Farrant
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 568 – What does the Lord require?
  • Recessional: organ improvisation

Wednesday 2 November – Feast of All Souls, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: Introit – Missa Pro Defunctus (chant)
  • Mass setting:  Missa Pro Defunctus (Requiem plainchant)
  • Motet: Lux Aeterna from Requiem Mass – Pitoni
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 48 – Be still my soul
  • Recessional: Hymn: AHB621 – Remember those, O Lord

Sunday 23 October – Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 28 – Praise to the Lord
  • Mass setting:  Missa Iste Sanctus – Guerrero
  • Motet: Laetatus Sum – A Scarlatti
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 455 – Be thou my vision
  • Recessional: organ improvisation

Sunday 9 October – Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 148ii – Love Divine, all loves excelling
  • Mass setting: Plainchant – Missa de Angelis
  • Offertory: O Bone Jesu – Palestrina
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 555 – In faith and hope and love
  • Recessional – organ postlude

Sunday 18 September – Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 111 – Sing, all creation
  • Mass setting: Mass for Four Voices – Byrd
  • Motet: Rejoice in the Lord Alway- Anon.
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 568 – What does the Lord require?
  • Recessional: Organ postlude

Sunday 4 September – Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 48 – O God, our help
  • Mass setting: Missa Dominicalis – Victoria
  • Motet: Justus es Domine – Heinrich Isaac
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 601 – Love is His word
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 21 August – Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 111 – Sing, all creation
  • Mass setting: Missa Brevis – Palestrina
  • Motet: Cantate Domino – Pitoni
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 562ii – All who love and serve your city
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 7 August – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 474 – Ye servants of the Lord
  • Mass setting: Missa Sine Nomine – Palestrina
  • Motet: Sicut Cervus – Palestrina
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 552 – Have faith in God, my heart
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 24 July – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 129 – King of Glory, King of Peace
  • Mass setting: Missa O Quam Gloriosum – Victoria
  • Motet: Pater Noster – Orlando de Lassus
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 564 – Forgive our sins as we forgive
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 10 July – Patronal Feast of St Benedict

  • Introit: Plainchant – Gaudeamus omnes in Domino
  • Processional Hymn: AHB 26 – Ye holy angels bright
  • Mass setting: Messe de Minuit pour Noël – Charpentier
  • Motet: Graduale/Os Justi – Bruckner
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 87 – Ye watchers and ye holy ones
  • Recessional: organ improvisation

Sunday 26 June – Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 496 – “Take up your cross,” the Saviour said
  • Mass setting:  Plainchant – Missa De Angelus
  • Motet: Sicut in holocaustis – Mozart (arr. Lutz)
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 337 – Your words to me are life and strength
  • Recessional: organ improvisation

Sunday 12 June – Eleventh Sunday of Easter, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 7 – Praise to the Living Lord
  • Mass setting:  Missa Iste Sanctus – Guerrero
  • Motet: Ad Dominum sum Tribularer – A Scarlatti
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 554 – The law of Christ can make us free
  • Recessional: organ improvisation

Sunday 29 May – Corpus Christi (including an external procession and Benediction)

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 439 – Hallelujah! Sing to Jesus
  • Mass setting: Missa Brevis – Andrea Gabrieli
  • Motet: Lauda Sion – Monteverdi
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 443 – O thou, at they eucharist didst pray
  • Processional and Benediction hymns

Sunday 15 May – Pentecost 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 309 – Come, Holy Ghost, Creator come
  • Mass setting: Missa Aeterna Munera Christi – Palestrina
  • Motet: Loquebantur variis linguis Apostoli – Palestrina
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 310 – Come Down, O Love divine
  • Recessional: AHB 328 – Filled with the Spirit’s power

Sunday 1 May – Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 68 – Praise, my soul
  • Mass setting: Mass for Four Voices – Byrd
  • Motet: If ye love me- Tallis
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 337 – Your words to me are life and health
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 17 April – Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 189 – We have a gospel to proclaim
  • Mass setting: Missa Brevis – Howard
  • Motet: Sicut Cervus – Palestrina
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 555 – With faith and hope and love
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 3 April – Second Sunday of Easter

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 287 – The strife is o’er
  • Mass setting: Mass for Three Voices – Byrd
  • Motet: Christus Resurgens – Orlande de Lassus
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 281 – O filii et filiae
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 27 March – Easter Sunday 

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 276 Light’s glittering morn
  • Kyrie & Gloria – Plainchant: Missa de Angelus
  • Psalm, Sequence and Alleluia – Plainchant
  • Offertory – Franck: Dextera Domini
  • Sanctus – Plainchant: Missa de Angelis
  • Agnus Dei – Plainchant: Missa de Angelis
  • Communion – Hymn: AHB 280 Jesus Christ is risen today
  • Recessional – organ

Saturday 26 March – Easter Vigil 

  • Exultet – solo plainchant
  • Psalms – 103, 50, 41 unaccompanied choir
  • Gloria – Howard: Missa Brevis
  • Alleluia – Easter Alleluia, organ interlude and psalm
  • Liturgy of Baptism – plainchant: Litany & organ improvisations
  • Offertory – Hymn: AHB 282 Christ the Lord is risen again
  • Sanctus – Byrd: Mass for three voices
  • Agnus Dei – Byrd: Mass for three voices
  • Communion – Hymn: AHB 306 By Your kingly power
  • Thanksgiving – Byrd: Alleluia. Vespere autem Sabbathi
  • Recessional – organ

Friday 25 March – Good Friday 

  • Psalm – Gelineau: Father I put my life in your hands
  • The Passion – Plainchant with Victoria’s choral settings (in english) and Bach chorale tropes
  • Veneration of the Cross – Hymn: 258 When I survey the wondrous cross & Victoria motets: Vexilla Regis prudent & Popule Meus
  • Communion – Hymn: 261 Were you there?
  • After Communion –  Anerio: Christus Factus Est

Thursday 24 March – Maundy Thursday

  • Processional – Hymn: 598 By Your Priestly Power
  • Kyrie & Gloria – Guerrero: Missa Iste Sanctus
  • Washing of the feet – Hymns: 591 Where there is charity and love & 453 An upper room
  • Offertory – Chant: Ubi Caritas (with polyphonic passages by Dalitz)
  • Sanctus – plainchant
  • Agnus Dei – plainchant & Guerrero: Missa Iste Sanctus
  • Communion –  Martini: Tristis est anima
  • Procession to Altar of Repose – English plainchant: Sing my Tongue
  • During the Adoration – Durufle: Tantum ergo

Sunday 20 March – Palm Sunday 

  • Processional – plainchant: Hosanna filio David
  • Palm Blessing – plainchant: Pueri Hebraeorum
  • Entrance –  Hymn: 250 All Glory, Praise and Honour
  • Gospel trope – Connolly: O Jesus Crucified
  • Offertory Motet – Guerrero: O Domine Jesu Christe
  • Sanctus – Guerrero: Missa Iste Sanctus
  • Agnus Dei – plainchant  &  Guerrero: Missa Iste Sanctus
  • Thanksgiving – Hymn: 264 Ride on, ride on in majesty
  • Organ Recession – Extemporisation

Sunday 28 February – Third Sunday in Lent, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 260 – God of unexampled grace
  • Mass setting: Missa Sine Nomine – Palestrina
  • Motet: Super Flumina Babylonis – Palestrina
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 29 – As pants the hearts for cooling streams
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 21 February – Second Sunday in Lent, Year C (and celebration with the Domincian Conference held at UNDA)

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 390 – How good Lord to be here
  • Mass setting: Requiem a4 (excerpts with ordinary text) – Victoria
  • Motet: Ad Dominum sum Tribularer – A Scarlatti
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 590 – Godhead here in hiding
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 14 February – First Sunday in Lent, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 509 – Forty days and forty nights
  • Mass setting: Requiem a4 (excerpts with ordinary text) – Victoria
  • Motet: Angelis suis mandavit de ti – Cardoso
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 396 – May this Lenten discipline
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 31 January – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 148ii – Love Divine, all loves excelling
  • Mass setting: Mass for Four Voices – Byrd
  • Motet: Bonum est confiteri – Palestrina
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 591 – Where there is charity and love
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 17 January – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

  • Processional Hymn: AHB 83 – O praise ye the Lord
  • Mass setting: Missa Aeterna Christi Munera – Palestrina
  • Motet: Tribus Miraculis – Palestrina
  • Communion Hymn: AHB 337 – Your words to me are life and health
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

Sunday 3 January – Feast of the Epiphany:

  • Processional Hymn: As with gladness men of old
  • Mass setting: Missa Brevis – Palestrina
  • Motet: Magi veniunt ab oriente – Clemens non Papa
  • Communion Hymn: The first nowell
  • Recessional: Organ Postlude

 


 

FROM THE OLDER ARCHIVES:

2nd SUNDAY OF LENT (1 Mar 2015)

  • Processional Hymn – May this Lenten Discipline (LINDFIELD, Richard Connolly 1927-)
  • Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei – Messa, Cema (Renaissance period)
  • Motet – Ad Dominum dum tribularer, Alessandro Scarlatti 1660 – 1725
  • Communion Hymn – How good Lord to be here! (CARLISLE, Charles Lockart 1745-1815)
  • Recessional – Organ Postlude

6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YR B (15 Feb 2015)

  • Processional Hymn – Praise to the Lord the Almighty, the King of Salvation (LOBE DEN HERREN)
  • Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei – Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd
  • Motet – Gaudent in Coelis, Tomas Luis De Victoria
  • Communion Hymn – Where there is Charity and Love (JEREMY, Richard Connolly)
  • Recessional – Organ Postlude

4th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YR B (1 Feb 2015)

  • Processional Hymn – Hallelujah! sing to Jesus (HYFRYDOL, Rowland Huw Pritchard)
  • Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei – Missa O Quam Gloriosum, Tomas Luis De Victoria
  • Motet – Sicut Cervus, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  • Communion Hymn – This is my will, my one command (SUANTRAI, Trad. Irish melody, T.H. Weaving)
  • Recessional – Organ Postlude