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Mount Calvary Church

Eutaw Street and Madison Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland

A Parish of the Roman  Catholic Personal Ordinariate of St. Peter

Anglican Use

Rev. Albert Scharbach, Pastor


Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Feast of the Holy Family

8:00 Said Mass

10:00 Sung Mass


Monday, January 1, 2018

The Feast of Mary Mother of God

9:oo AM Said Mass with hymns


Music for December 31 Sung Mass


Overture from The Messiah, Handel


Anglican Folk Mass, Shaw


Gentle Mary laid her child

Joseph dearest, Joseph mine

The first Nowell

Sing of Mary, pure and lowly

Away in a manger


Pastoral from The Messiah, Handel



Gentle Mary laid her child is a Canadian carol by the Methodist mister Joseph Simpson Cook (1858–1933) Born in England he at a young age emigrated to Canada and attended McGill University.  Cook followed John Wesley’s Catholic tendencies; he loved the church of England and saw the positive aspects of the Roman Catholic church.

Gentle Mary laid her Child
Lowly in a manger;
There He lay, the undefiled,
To the world a stranger:
Such a Babe in such a place,
Can He be the Savior?
Ask the saved of all the race
Who have found His favor.

2 Angels sang about His birth;
Wise men sought and found Him;
Heaven’s star shone brightly forth,
Glory all around Him:
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight,
Heard the angels singing;
All the plains were lit that night,
All the hills were ringing.

3 Gentle Mary laid her Child
Lowly in a manger;
He is still the undefiled,
But no more a stranger:
Son of God, of humble birth,
Beautiful the story;
Praise His name in all the earth,
Hail the King of glory!

Here is the tune.

The tune Weimar is by Melchior Vulpius (Latinized from Fuchs, fox). He wrote exclusively church music. As a composer, his roots are in the tradition of the Lutheran reformation. He avoided the new styles of bass continuo and monody and was, in a positive sense, a retainer of 16th-century musical style.


Joseph dearest, Joseph mine is a traditional German carol, Josef, lieber Josef mein, which was originally sung as a lullaby by the Virgin Mary in 16th Century mystery plays in Leipzig, Germany.

1. “Joseph, Dearest Joseph mine,
Help me cradle the Child divine.
God reward thee and all that’s thine,
In paradise,” so prays the mother Mary.

“Gladly, dear one, lady mine,
Help I cradle this child of thine;
God’s own light on us both shall shine
In paradise,
As prays the mother Mary. “

Her are the Dale Warland Singers.


The first Nowell is a traditional English carol, first published in 1823. The usual derivation of ‘Nowell’ is from the Old French ‘Nouel’, modern French ‘Noel’ from the Latin ‘natalis’, meaning ‘belonging to a birth’ (as in ‘Dies natalis’ meaning ‘birthday’). It is however also possible that the word should be linked with ‘novellare’ and ‘nouvelle’ with the implication that it is a cry of ‘News! News!’

1. The first Nowell the Angel1 did say
Was to three poor Shepherds in fields as they lay.1b
In fields where they lay keeping2 their sheep,
In a cold winter’s night that was so deep.3

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell.
Born is the King of Israel.

2. They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East, beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued, both day and night. Chorus

3. And by the light of that same Star
Three Wise Men came from country far,
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the Star wherever it went. Chorus

4. This Star drew nigh to the North West;
O’er Bethlehem it took it’s rest.
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right4 over the place where Jesus lay. Chorus

5. Then did they know assuredly5
Within that house, the King did lie
One entered in then for to see
And found the babe in poverty. Chorus

6. Then enter’d in those Wise Men three,
Full reverently upon their knee,
And offer’d there, in his presence,
Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. Chorus

7. Between an ox stall and an ass,
This Child truly there born he was;
For want of clothing they did him lay
All in a manger, among the hay. Chorus

8. Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord;
That hath made heaven and earth of nought,
And with his blood mankind hath bought. Chorus

9. If we in our time shall do well
We shall be free from death and Hell
For God hath prepared for us all
A resting place in general. Chorus

Here is King’s College, Cambridge.


Sing of Mary, pure and lowly, also a Canadian carol, was written by Roland Ford Palmer (1891–1985), who was also born in England and in 1905 emigrated to Canada. Palmer was an Anglican priest who entered the Society of St John (Cowley fathers) in 1919 and founded its Canadian province in 1927. The text is based on an anonymous poem published in an Ilkeston, Derbyshire pamphlet c. 1914.

Sing of Mary, pure and lowly,
Virgin mother undefiled,
Sing of God’s own Son most holy,
Who became her little child.
Fairest child of fairest mother,
God the Lord who came to earth,
Word made flesh, our very brother,
Takes our nature by his birth.

Sing of Jesus, son of Mary,
In the home at Nazareth.
Toil and labour cannot weary
Love enduring unto death.
Constant was the love he gave her,
Though he went forth from her side,
Forth to preach, and heal, and suffer,
Till on Calvary he died.

Glory be to God the Father;
Glory be to God the Son;
Glory be to God the Spirit;
Glory to the Three in One.
From the heart of blessed Mary,
From all saints the song ascends,
And the Church the strain reechoes
Unto earth’s remotest ends.

Here it is from the album Walsingham Way.

The tune Pleading Saviour was composed by Joshua Leavitt (1794–1873), a Congregational minister, who was for many years musical advisor to the most famous revivalist of the Second Great Awakening, Charles Grandison Finney. In 1831 Leavitt compiled and published The Christian Lyre, the first hymnal to print music for every hymn. He was first Secretary of the American Temperance Society and co-founder of the New York City Anti-Slavery Society. He aided a slave Basil Dorsey to escape from Maryland to Massachusetts and formed the Amistad Committee to raise funds for the defense of Amistad captives.


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