Sacred Music at Old St. Mary’s

Sacred Music at Old St. Mary’s

At Old Saint Mary’s, the sacred music apostolate seeks to combine the rich heritage of Catholic music from the medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, and romantic periods of music in the more “modern” context of the Mass of Paul VI.  Below, you will find musical descriptions of the parish’s Masses.

9:15 a.m. Latin Mass

At this Mass, one can experience music almost entirely in Latin.  The Oratory Schola Cantorum chants the propers of the Mass (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, and Communion) from the Graduale Romanum, the official music book of the Roman Catholic Church.  The congregation joins the choir in the singing of the Ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Creed, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) using one of the chant settings of the Kyriale Romanum.  These chant Mass settings change seasonally, as directed by the Church’s rubrics.

Twice per month and on special feasts of the Church year, the Ordinary is sung to a setting by a major composer of the renaissance, baroque, or romantic periods.  All Sundays and feasts also include motets or special anthems, sung by The Oratory Schola Cantorum.

Organ music at the prelude, improvisations during the Mass, and the postlude are provided weekly (except during Advent and Lent).

11:00 a.m. German Mass

At this Mass, one can experience music entirely in German.  Old Saint Mary’s has maintained the tradition, albeit in a modern adaptation, of the Deutsche Singmesse, or German Sung Mass.

Hymns from the German-speaking hymnal, the Gotteslob (2013), are sung by the congregation at the procession, Kyrie, Gloria, Gospel, Offertory, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Communion, and retiring procession.

Organ music at the prelude, improvisations during the Mass, and the postlude are provided weekly (except during Advent and Lent).

12:30 p.m. English Mass

At this Mass, you can experience a blend of music in Latin and English.  Congregational hymns are sung at the procession and retiring procession.  The congregation also sings parts of the Ordinary of the Mass (Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) in Latin using Pope Paul VI’s Iubilate Deo setting promulgated following the Second Vatican Council.

Organ music, in the form of improvisation, is played during the Offertory and Communion.  These improvisations are based on the chants of the day.

3:30 p.m. Sunday Vespers

The culmination of Sunday prayer is with the Church’s daily evening prayer, called Vespers.  Each Sunday (mid-October through the last Sunday in May), the members of The Cincinnati Oratory, along with all those who wish to attend, chant second Vespers of Sunday according to the Liber Usualis 1962.

This service of evening prayer is sung entirely in Latin.  There are Latin-English editions of the chants at each of the entrances of the church for the faithful to follow along.

Sunday Vespers is a wonderful way to “keep holy the Sabbath,” as the Lord commands.

We hope you will join us and sing heartily!

For questions or more information, please contact:

Bro. Brent L. Stull, C.O.
Assistant Prefect of Sacred Music
bstull@cincinnatioratory.com
(513) 721-2988, ext. 128

Catholic Sacred Music Resources

Documents from the Pens of Popes

Print Resources

  • Gregorian Chant, Willi Apel (1958)
  • Square Notes Workbook in Gregorian Chant, Sister M. Judith, O.P. (1962)
  • Why Catholics Can’t Sing: The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste, Thomas Day (1990)
  • Catholic Music Through the Ages: Balancing the Needs of a Worshipping Church, Edward Schaefer (2008)

Online Resources

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