Friday, 3 February 2017

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

I`m nearly ready to post about the first of the CD`s I received at Christmas but in the meantime thought I`d mention the music for this Sunday.

Sunday 5th.
Mass of St.Brigit.  Seymour.(Gloria and Sanctus)
O esca viatorum..Isaac.
Missa 'orbis factor'
Hymn... All ye who seek a comfort sure.

Monday, 30 January 2017


A reminder that there will be an Extraordinary Form Sung Mass at St Joseph`s for Candlemas on Thursday 2nd February at 7pm.

Lumen ad revelationem...Chant
Procession... Adorna thalmum...sung by all to the tune 'Hereford'.and
Obtulerunt...chant with metrical response.
Missa martyrum..Bonfitto.
Ave Maria...Cesar Franck.
Hymn...Sweet Saviour bless us ere we go. (verses 1-3)

Friday, 13 January 2017


Our year here at Gateshead is getting off to a good start. After Chris, our organist and choirmaster, decided to step down, the position has been filled by Paul Dewhurst. Many thanks to Chris for all his work in 2016. Paul brings enthusiasm and experience to the job. Sung Mass is normally on the first and third Sundays.

This Sunday we are joined by some of the Westland Singers too. The music this Sunday is:

Proper of the Mass: sung to psalm tone 3
Gloria.. Mass in RE.Bevenot.
Offertory.. Jesu Rex admirabilis. Palestrina
Credo 3
Sanctus.. Orbis factor.
Communion..  O sacrum convivium Plainchant
Final Hymn.. Let all mortal flesh keep silence.

Franz Xaver Gruber was new to me but apparently wrote 60 Mass settings but is mainly remembered for Silent Night.

Other things in 2017 include the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum on July 7th. We will be having a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving and pulling out all the stops we can. It also marks the 75th birthday of our bishop, Seamus Cunningham, so we will be remembering him on the day he qualifies for retirement which we pray is long and happy. Let`s hope we don`t have a long wait before his successor is appointed.  

There will be Mass at Brinkburn in September. it would also be worthwhile trying to get a Mass at Ushaw again. They seem to be more interested in the history of the place now than when I was there so I hope we can do this. 

I received a number of interesting CDs of sacred music over Christmas and hope to write about these soon.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017


People tell me I should advertise things more so this is just to say there will be an Extraordinary Form Low Mass for Epiphany on Friday 6th January at 10.00 am at St Joseph`s. There may be chalk too.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas

On Christmas Eve, we will place ourselves once again before the Crib to contemplate, astonished, the "Word made flesh." Sentiments of joy and gratitude, like in every year, are renewed in our hearts as we hear the melodies of Christmas carols, which sing of, in so many languages, the same, extraordinary miracle. The Creator of the universe, out of love, came to make his dwelling among men. In the Letter to the Philippians, St. Paul affirms that Christ, "though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men" (2:6). He appeared in human form, adds the Apostle, humbling himself. At holy Christmas we will relive the realization of this sublime mystery of grace and mercy.

Pope Benedict XVI 21.12.06

Those were the days!

Merry Christmas to anyone out there still reading this!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

The Immaculate Conception

Mass as usual at 12 on Thursday and also Extraordinary Form Missa Cantata at 7pm with music by the Westland Singers. Rigidity checks will be available for the young.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Silence (and Manners in Church)

Silence seems to be all the rage at the minute, what with Pope Francis` silence in the face of a request from the four cardinals for clarification. Hitherto he hasn`t been noted for silence. The papal reflection on November 23rd strangely, in discussing the works of mercy, spoke of the importance of resolving doubts! Also there was a premier in the Vatican of the new film Silence based on the novel by Shūsaku Endo ( the `Japanese Graham Greene)` which I have long found thought-provoking in telling the story of Jesuit missionaries in Japan who abandoned their faith rather than accept a martyrdom which would also have meant death for many of their converts.

However,continuing on the theme of silence the liturgy Commission of England and Wales brought out a document on the place of silence in the Mass. They only discuss the Ordinary Form. The problem is that in the OF silence can only happen as a pause which is rather unsatisfactory as no-one knows how long the pause will be and so cannot be entered in to as there is no telling when the celebrant will move on. They talk about the silence of the congregation during the readings, offertory and Eucharistic prayer but there isn`t silence in church at these points as someone is reading aloud. It is one of the great strengths of the EF Mass that it affords time for silent prayer by the congregation especially at a Low Mass during the offertory and canon. Nevertheless I thought it was interesting that the topic was being explored and towards the end there is a useful section on the importance of silence before Mass which is becoming very hard to find. Strangely we`ve not received any notice of this document in the diocese unlike Cardinal Nichol`s opinion on Cardinal Sarah`s call to say Mass ad orientem which we received very quickly.

Just before devotees of the EF Mass start feeling smug about all this I came across this useful film. Embedding is disabled  but do look at this link.