music at st. john’s


A tradition of beauty

St. John’s is widely known for its zealous tradition of plainsong and great Anglican hymnody. Depending on the liturgical season and occasion, a variety of mass settings are sung in English or Latin: Merbecke’s Missa Simplicior, Willan’s Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena, MASS XVII for Advent & Lent, MASS X Alme Pater for Lady Days, Requiem mass in Latin and English for All Soul’s and Remembrance Sunday.  In addition, the Parish Choir is continually adding polyphonic masses, motets and anthems to its growing repertoire.

Weekly rehearsals for the Parish Choir are held on Thursday evenings at 7.00 pm and on Sunday mornings at 9.00 am. Membership in the Parish Choir is by audition or invitation.

For further information about the Parish Choir, please contact:

Mr Troy Lamoureux

Director of Music

Troy Lamoureux AVCM, BEd, BMus.

Troy is a former Anglican who became a Catholic in the summer of 2005 after being instructed in the faith by the Fathers of the Toronto Oratory.  The majority of his career was spent in Edmonton where in addition to his constant involvement in church music, he was the Artistic Director of the community choral programme Cantemus Canada and Principal Conductor of the orchestra Ludemus — Classical Garage Band.  In 2010 Troy received the Excellence in Catholic Teaching Award from the Alberta Catholic School Trustees Association for his teaching in Catholic Schools. Previous to his becoming the Director of Music at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Programme Director of  the Holy House of Our Lady & St. John, he was the Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at J.H. Picard Catholic School in Edmonton. The Lamoureux family resides in Airdrie and is delighted to attend St. John the Evangelist.

music list

Sunday 4 November - Trinity XXIII 
Mass Setting: Missa de Sancta Maria Madgalena (K) Willan
Missa Simplicior (G,C,S,A) Merbecke 
Propers: (I,G,A,O,C) Burgess/Reid
Prelude: Andante from Voluntary in D major Travers
Opening Hymn: Angel voices, ever singing (Angel Voices) 394
Offertory Hymn: City of God, how broad and far (Richmond) 624
Communion 1: Hark! hark, my soul! (Pilgrims) 430
Communion 2: Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face (St Agnes) 232
Communion 3: Soul of my Saviour (Anima Christi) NEH 305
Recessional: Light’s abode, celestial Salem (Regent’s Square) 628
Postlude: Toccata Sweelinck

Sunday 11 November - Remembrance Sunday
Mass Setting: Missa pro defunctis (K,S,A)
Prelude: Adagio Barber
Opening Hymn: O God, our help in ages past (St. Anne) 379 Omit verse 5
I vow to thee my country (Thaxted) 805
Introit: Rest eternal (Requiem aeternam)
Gradual: Rest eternal (quiem aeternam)
Tract: Absolve, O Lord (Absolve Domine)
Sequence: Day of wrath (Dies Irae)
Offertory Sentence: O Lord Jesu Christ (Domine Jesu Christe)
Offertory Hymn: O valiant hearts (Harris) 632
Communion Sentence: May light eternal shine (Lux aeternam)
Communion 1: Eternal Father, strong to save (Melita) 301
Communion 2: Help, Lord the souls (Belmont, BCP 455) WIB
Absolution: Deliver me, O Lord (Libera me, Domine)
Recessional: Love Divine, all loves excelling (Hyfrydol) 470 
Postlude: Chaconne in D minor Pachebel

Sunday 18 November - Trinity XXV
Mass Setting: Missa de Sancta Maria Madgalena (K) Willan
Missa Simplicior (G,C,S,A) Merbecke 
Propers: (I,G,A,O,C) Burgess/Reid
Opening Hymn: All people that on earth do dwell (Old Hundredth) 350
Offertory Hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, (Lobe Den Herren) 393
Communion 1: Sweet Sacrament divine (Divine Mysteries) NEH 307
Communion 2: Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Repton) NEH 353
Communion 3: Star of the morning (Trisagion) NEH 193
Recessional: Praise to the Holiest in the height (Gerontius) 384

Sunday 25 November - Solemnity of Christ the King
Mass Setting: Mass for 3 Voices (S&B) Byrd
Missa Simplicior (K,G,C,A) Merbecke
Propers: (I,G,Polyphonic Alleluia,O,C) Burgess/Reid
Prelude: Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals Karg-Elert
Opening Hymn: Crown him with many crowns (Diademata, 367) WIB
Offertory Hymn: Alleluia! sing to Jesus! (Hyfrydol) 397
Offertory Motet: Come Ye Servants of the Lord Tye
Communion Motet: Jesu, Rex Admirals Palestrina
Communion 1: King of love, O Christ, we crown thee (Hermon) 432
Communion 2: All hail the power of Jesus/ Name (Miles Lane) 354
Procession: Hail, Redeemer, King Divine (King Divine) NEP 614
Benediction: O Saluters Hostia (Verbum Supernom, BCP 237) 
Tantum, Ergo Sacramentum (Pange Lingua, BCP 129)
Recessional: Lead on, O King Eternal (Lancashire) 428
Postlude: Offertories Jongen