Music at All Saints
Pray Along with our Music Ministry
This page will include links to the latest music ministry news and announcements from our music director, Kasia Sokalla. Many of these items will also appear in the parish bulletin.
Music Ministry News
December 4, 2022, The Second Sunday of Advent
New: Entrance Antiphon (Introit)
As a congregation, we grew musically over the last few years.
One of the developing trends at All Saints, for the English language Saturday Vigil and Sunday morning Masses, has been the singing of the Entrance Antiphon (Introit) and a Communion Antiphon at every Mass. The texts are taken straight from the Roman Missal so they very accurately frame the liturgy each weekend.
Up until now, because of the difficulty, only trained Cantors have been chanting the antiphons. But this Advent, I am trying something different:
Introducing the Congregational Antiphon
All who are willing, can join the Cantors in chanting a special, shortened antiphon (refrain) at the beginning of each Mass. The bulletin will include the printed music line, and the music ministry web page will include a link to the recording online for your convenience.
Missa Emmanuel, a setting of The Ordinary (Mass parts) for the season of Advent, is back. You’ll notice a white cardstock mass worship aid in the pews.
For the Mass propers -- the Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel Acclamation, for example, we will be singing the melody displayed in the Credo missal on the pages for that Sunday's scripture readings.
- The Advent of Our King ~ choir
- The advent of our King our thoughts must now employ;
Then let us meet him on the road with songs of holy joy.
The co-eternal Son, a maiden's offspring see;
A servant's form Christ putteth on, to set his people free.
In glory from his throne again will Christ descend,
And summon all who are his own to joys that never end.
Our joyful praises sing to Christ, who set us free;
Like tribute to the Father bring, and Holy Ghost, to thee.
- The King Shall Come ~ 87
- Communion Hymn:
- A Voice Cries Out in the Wilderness ~ choir
- Communion Meditation:
- Prepare the Way of the Lord ~ choir
- On Jordan's Bank ~ 102
For music at the Saturday vigil and Sunday morning Masses in English, we update the music page on the website every Friday with a list of the hymns we will be singing that weekend.
Additionally, we include links to YouTube videos of other congregations or performers singing the hymns so that you may listen and become familiar with new hymns, and possibly practice singing at home, perhaps with music meditation or singing of hymns as part of your individual or family daily devotions.
The numbers of the hymns will be posted at the front of the church. They are also announced by the cantor except for communion (because of reverence).
Using the Credo Missal
The hard-cover blue Credo missal is provided in all the pews. It has the text of the Mass in front, then a section of hymns that are numbered, followed by a section with the Scripture readings for each Mass. (The page number of the day's scripture readings is included in the announcements before Mass.)
When you arrive at Mass, you can find the Credo hymn numbers for that Mass posted on the left and right columns at the front of the sanctuary. (Sometimes you will see a gap in the list of numbers, to indicate that the hymn is a selection not found in the Credo missal, to be sung by the cantor or choir.)
Notes from Kasia
Always feel free to talk to me about music at All Saints, and let me know if you'd like to join in singing with us in the choir loft.
Call / text / email [email protected] 978-821-1064
Kasia Sokalla, Music Director