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 Mediæval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods of music in the more “modern” context of the post-Vatican II Mass.  Below, you will find “musical descriptions” of the Parish’s Masses and information for becoming a part of the music apostolate.

9:15 a.m. Novus Ordo Mass in Latin

At this Mass, you can experience music entirely in Latin.  The Parish Choir and professional choristers chant the Propers of the Mass (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, and Communion) from the Graduale Romanum, the official music book of the Catholic Church.  The congregation joins the choir in the singing of the Ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Creed, Sanctus, and Agnus) using one of the chant settings of the Kyriale Romanum.  These Masses change seasonally, as directed by the Church’s rubrics.

Once 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 professional choristers.

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

11:00 a.m. Novus Ordo Mass in German

At this Mass, you 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, are sung by the congregation at the procession, Gospel, Offertory, Sanctus, Communion, and recession.

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

12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Novus Ordo Masses in English

At these Masses, you can experience a blend of music in Latin and English.  The Propers of the Mass (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, and Communion) are sung utilizing an high-quality English translation of the Graduale Romanum, the only official music book of the Catholic Church.  The congregation sings the Ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus) in Latin using Pope Paul VI’s Iubilate Deo setting promulgated following the Second Vatican Council.

Congregational hymns are sung in English.

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

For questions or more information, please contact:

Bro. Brent Stull
Interim Director of Sacred Music
bstull@oldstmarys.org
(513) 721-2988

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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