Current Mass Setting

This page is updated with resources to help familiarise you with the current musical setting in use at the Sunday Mass. This includes:

  • The response to the Litany at the start of Mass
  • The Gloria
  • The Gospel Acclamation (the Alleluia)
  • The Holy Holy (Sanctus), Great Amen and Lamb of God (Agnus Dei)

Where possible, lyrics videos are included so you can sing along. Please note that these versions may differ slightly from what we use in worship itself – keys, tempo and instrumental arrangements being the most likely tweaks. Note that some variation of the Litany response and Alleluia should be expected week on week – what is shown below are those aspects which will be used on most Sundays in this period.

About the current setting

The current setting will be effective until Advent (so will be last used at the feast of Christ the King at the end of November).

The Litany response and main setting (Sanctus, Great Amen, Agnus Dei) are taken from the Mass of Joy and Peace by Tony Alonso. Tony is a Cuban-American Roman Catholic and works as both a theologian and composer in the USA. His Mass of Joy and Peace is one of the most widely sung Mass settings in the United States. The Litany Response we’re using I’ve adapted from the Intercessions Response – in the recording below you’ll hear it sung in this latter context.

The Gospel Acclamation is taken from Josh Blakesley’s Mass of Restoration, which he co-wrote with guitarist Grae McCullough. Josh is a composer and contemporary Catholic music recording and performing artist working out of Louisiana, USA.

Finally the Gloria is a pop rock setting by Matt Maher a Canadian contemporary Christian music artist, songwriter, and worship leader from Newfoundland, Canada. A prolific composer with a gift for a catchy hook, we use his material extensively in SSJA in songs like ‘Your Grace is Enough’, ‘Holy Just like You’ and his Kyrie and Litany of the Saints settings.

Litany Response

Gloria

Gospel Acclamation (Alleluia)

Sanctus (Holy Holy)

Great Amen

Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)

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