Mass of Glory and Praise
Mass of Glory and Praise equips parishes and schools with a core repertoire of prayerful, memorable, contemporary settings of those songs of the Mass that are most frequently sung - the Kyrie (Penitential Act), Gloria(Glory to God), the Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation) and Lenten Gospel Acclamation, the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy), the three new Memorial Acclamations, the Amen, the Pater Noster (Our Father), and the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).
This 2nd edition of Mass of Glory and Praise has been recommended by the Australian Bishops for use in all parishes and schools throughout Australia, to help develop a common Australian repertoire for the Mass. It is also one of the seven approved settings for use in New Zealand (click here for details).
Free Download of Assembly Edition
Click here to download the free Assembly Booklet.
Samples from the Audio CD
The Audio CD recording is now available. The CD includes recordings of the Mass setting featuring singers from Wahroonga and Lower North Shore parishes, with mixed voices and simple piano accompaniment. Tracks feature both unison and SATB choral settings to assist people to learn the parts. The recordings of the Mass setting feature Alex Knight (baritone and soloist on Penitential Act, Glory to God and Alleuia); Paul Mason (piano, tenor and soloist on Glory to God); Lynda Lee (soprano and solist on Lenten Acclamation); Clare Delaney (soprano / alto and soloist on Glory to God); and Sulyn Teh (alto). Recording Engineer, Paul Mason; Producer, Paul Mason.
Glory to God
Gospel Acclamation (Alleluia)
Holy, Holy, Holy
We Proclaim Your Death
When We Eat This Bread
Save Us, Saviour
Lamb of God
The CD includes four bonus tracks from the "Psalms for All Time" collection. The recordings of the psalms are by WYSPERS, the youth band from Wahroonga parish, featuring cantor Alex Knight; vocalists, Alex Knight, Claire Edmunds, Paul Mason, Myfanwy Painter, Amanda O'Brien; keyboard, Paul Mason; Flute, Myfanwy Painter; Trumpet, Daniella Ciaglia; Clarinet, Kelly Edmunds; Saxophone, Ian Edmunds; Bass, Richard Alessi; Drums, Claire Edmunds. Recording Engineer, Pul Mason; Producer, Paul Mason.
Backing Tracks CD
There is also a Backing Tracks CD, which includes CD- Audio backing tracks with simple piano accompaniment, as well as tracks with piano accompaniment and the melody line played on oboe. Click on the buttons next to the track titles to hear samples of the mp3 backing track recordings:
Click on the links below to open samples from the Vocal, Choir, Guitar and Keyboard Music book for Mass of Glory and Praise:
Click on the links below to open samples of the available downloads
Dr Geoffrey Madden's Band Backing Tracks
Dr Geoffrey Madden from Beenleigh Queensland has produced backing tracks with keyboard, electric guitar, bass and drums.
There are a variety of resources available to help introduce the setting from January 2011, the date recommended by the Australian Bishops for initial implementation.
The Resource Bundle comprises 1 x Vocal, Choir, Guitar and Keyboard Music book, 1 x Audio CD, and 1 x Digital Media Pack (CD-ROM). The bundle pricing provides a discount of approximately 12%.
The Vocal, Choir, Guitar and Keyboard Music book is designed for cantors, organists, pianists, guitarists and choirs. It includes melody, SATB choir arrangements, guitar chords and keyboard accompaniment.
The Parish/School 4-Pack and the Parish/School 10-pack provide discounts for quantitiy purchases of the Music books (15% discount for 4, 20% discount for 10).
The Full Score Music book is designed for use by choir conductors, band leaders and music directors. It contains a page by page score of all instruments and voices.
The Instrument Parts Pack includes a set of parts for each instrument - flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin, viola, cello and bass.
The individual Instrument Part downloads provide a means of ordering additional instrument parts. Each download includes a copyright license for printing one copy. For multiple copies, please specify in the shopping cart the quantity of print licenses required.
The Audio CD includes a recording of all the Mass parts with mixed voices and piano accompaniment.
The Digital Media Pack (CD-ROM) includes hi-res JPGs, GIFs, PDFs, PowerPoint slides, Keynote slides, and OpenSong worship software database items to assist in providing worship aids for the assembly via booklets, overhead and data projection.
The Choral Octavo (A4 download) provides the SATB parts essential for choir members. The download includes a copyright license for printing one copy. For multiple copies, please specify in the shopping cart the quantity of print licenses required.
The Backing Tracks CD provides a means of accompaniment when there is no accompanist available. The CD includes recordings of simple piano accompaniment, as well as recordings with piano accompaniment and melody line on oboe. Copyright fee is included in the price.
The setting works well with a simple accompaniment, or with a large ensemble of instruments.
Review of Mass of Glory and Praise,
Vol 2, Issue 5
Review by Cathy Murrowood
"It has a ‘rock’ feel featuring an interplay of vocal and instrumental parts."
"The music has energy, driven by the use of syncopation and instrumental interplay. The melodic range extends to B below middle C and to high D. Apart from the Alleluia, most of the higher notes are well placed at the end of refrains and acclamations."
"(There are) extensive instrumental parts that are of moderate difficulty." "The instrumental sections add colour by weaving through and between some of the vocal lines creating the occasional musical ’pause’ for the singer."
"A unique feature of the music is the inclusion of more than 100 Gospel verses for Sundays and Holy Days. There is also a Gospel Acclamation for Lent, always a welcome inclusion."
"The melody mainly moves by step. There are occasional leaps, however, which may be as much as an octave. The keys are playable; they do not feature more than 2 sharps or flats."
"The accompaniment varies from the very simple to the moderately complex but the inclusion of chords will assist musicians of modest ability."
"The Penitential Act (third form) may be adapted to include other invocations as more texts become available."
Review of Mass of Glory and Praise, 1st Edition
Vol 35, 4-5
Review by Angela Bendotti
“… a refreshing, ‘upbeat’ new Mass setting …” “… it is well composed and it has been applied successfully, directly into the local parish setting.” “… a strong contemporary style that appreciates the beauty and grace of both music and song within the liturgy.”
“An extremely useful inclusion in this Accompaniment Edition is the Performance Notes, which comprehensively cover the musical, liturgical and pastoral considerations for the performance of this work.”
“... I was immediately struck by the joyful Glory to God.” “The touch of syncopation lifts this melody, and
would see it applied well for Masses with children and young adults.”
“The strength of this Our Father is the full acclamatory setting of the doxology For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.”
“Each of the Parts maintains a ‘stand alone’ characteristic whilst carrying the complete Mass motifs that
unify the work.”
“… it is, again, a strong liturgical feature of this work that the various parts have some change in key, mood and expression …” “A clear example of this is the Lamb of God with its key of F (other parts in the keys of D and A) and its soulful and reflective mood. It has an almost melancholic feeling, which draws you into the words you are singing.”
“The Instrument Parts include music for flutes, clarinet, bass, strings, alto saxophone, French horn, trumpet and trombone.” “The Choir Edition provides all of the important aspects required for
individual voices …”
“A strength of this Mass Setting is its ability to offer a simple arrangement, such as voice/cantor and piano/organ/guitar that may be beautifully applied, as well as the more enhanced and complex
arrangement of all of the abovementioned instruments across the various parts of the Mass.”
“To summarise, Paul Mason’s musical setting Mass of Glory and Praise has a wide scope for application across the parish music setting. Whether you have a small arrangement with piano/organ/
guitar and voices (where the Accompaniment Edition would be sufficient), or a full choir and orchestra (and anything in between!) you will be impressed with the style, melody and rhythms of this setting.
One can certainly sense the successful application of this setting into the school liturgical music program also — at primary and secondary levels.” “I highly recommend this setting to parishes and