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Anglican Communion services/Mass settings

As the Organist/Choirmaster of a fairly large but rather new metropolitan Anglican Church using the 1928 Prayer Book I am always on the lookout for new settings of the Anglican/Episcopal communion liturgy. We always use the Willan "Magdalena" setting but have also, in the past, used the Schubert or Merbecke settings. I am also familiar with the services in the 1940 hymnal and the more common settings by Stanford, Darke, Sumsion, etc. We desire that the congregation participate fully and not for the choir to sing the service for everyone so many of the more elaborate or extended settings are probably not that suitable for us. With that in mind, do any other English language shorter service settings suitable for congregational use come to mind by anyone out there? Many thanks for any suggestions anyone might have.
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on November 15, 2012 2:32pm
Paraclete Press Sacred Music has many beautiful mass settings - on this page for "Eucharist" you can view the Masses by clicking on the title - 
call me if you have any questions - happy to help you,
800-451-5006, ext. 309
Paraclete Press
on November 16, 2012 4:38am
Dear Rob,
You might find my two-part Missa Brevis from 2005 interesting. This is a scan of the 2005 setting:
It's for organ and two-part choir (men and women). The choir parts are reasonably simple and well supported by the organ, so it would be suitable for a congregation, with the choir backing them up.
Contents: Kyrie (Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison) - I could re-set this in English if you wish.
Sanctus (in English)
Benedictus (in English)
Agnus Dei (in English)
I have recordings, also on Dropbox at present - sorry about the .wma format, they should work with Windows media players.
I'm currently working on typesetting it with Finale - email me if you'd like a copy of that (chris at Once I'm done with the typesetting, I'll price it at £20 for a PDF, and you can print as many copies as you need, forever.
I also have a more complex setting which is a subset of my Requiem, and that's entirely in English -    has all the movements. Probably not suitable for congregational singing though, unless you have a very talented congregation.
Chris Hutchings
on March 2, 2016 2:49am
(Anyone finding this in future - please note that these copies are SAMPLE COPIES ONLY. Please email me at chris(a) to order copies for your choir.)
on November 16, 2012 7:16am
Dear Rob,
A recent commission has resulted in the creation of a new mass setting for unison voices and organ.  It's currently unpublished, but, if you'd like, I'd be happy to send along a PDF score.
All best,
Howard Helvey
on November 16, 2012 2:20pm
Hello Rob, I've just finished a setting of Choral Eucharist for the Anglican church where I'm D.o.M. We've used a very good setting by another New Zealander (David Childs) but I felt we needed an alternative. As yet unused, we plan to introduce it after Lent/Easter next year. E-mail me for further details. Set for SATB choir and unison congregation, and (I trust!) simple enough for the average congregation to get into - for example, repeated melody lines, but with altered harmonies. -Brian Millar
on November 16, 2012 4:10pm
I also have an extensive set of Anglican communion service music: Mass for St. Peter's (2010–11) which is designed for congregational participation but which also has substantive choral settings within it as well. The settings can be adjusted for whatever text you are currently using.
Please let me know if this would be of interest.
Robert A.M. Ross
Finalist, 2012 American Prize in Choral Composition
on November 16, 2012 8:14pm
I'm an Episcopalian composer of sacred music. I'm working really hard on creating several mass settings right now but they aren't finished yet. Perhaps we could remain in touch? I would be very interested in composing a mass setting to suit your needs. Composing a mass setting for the church is my number one goal as a composer; it's the one thing I hope to do before I die.
I currently have an 'Our Father' setting that could be done by unison congregation (or soloist + optional violin, organ) and a setting of the 'Glory To God' for congregation, but it draws on texts from both Rite 1 and Rite 2; (I am revising it to just use one rite).  I am also currently working on creating a four hand arrangment of the wonderful Schubert "Sanctus" to play with my son and students at the piano. That Sanctus is so beautiful!!
Please contact me if any of this intersts you and good luck in your search.
Heather Seaton (571)355-5478
on November 16, 2012 9:32pm
Check St James Music Press -
For $139 a year you get access and printing permission to all their music - and some of it comes from the Royal School of Church Music in the UK.  There are a number of service settings, some purely congregational, some for congregation and choir. Worth exploring!
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on November 17, 2012 7:03am
Rob, You could have a look at the St Patrick's Eucharist  by Philip Stopford which is a congregational setting recently recorded by the composer in Down Cathedral at the site of St Patrick's grave.  Priory Records PRCD 1080 and . It is available from
on November 18, 2012 7:53am
Hello Rob,
A while back I wrote a mass for the Anglican Cathedral in Carriacou, West Indies. I trained the choir in A Caribbean Mass and accompanied the first performance of it, learning the steel drum in doing so. It has the flavor of the Islands, but most certainly comes out of my Anglican background (choirboy, organist, music director, composer...). Movements of it appear in the United Church (Canada) hymnal "More Voices", somewhat ironed out, but the original may be obtained from me at  You may hear a couple of movements from it at
All movements have a keyboard accompaniment, though it was originally written for steel drums. Most of it is intended to be sung by congregation and choir, though it may be sung only by choir.
on November 20, 2012 10:50am
Rupert Lang, organist/choir director at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, Canada has written at least two Mass settigns for use at the Cathedral.  One is for Advent, but both are congregational.  You can reach him through the Cathedral website.  He has written many other pieces that are great for the choir to sing in Anglican services.
Ray Horst
on November 21, 2012 3:40am
"Anglican Church using the 1928 Prayer Book"
Reading the replies you've had so far, I wonder if respondents realise the significance of those words.
The problem is that very few, if any, settings have been written for that text since the 1960's. You may have more luck with the myriad of 1662 prayerbook settings, the advantage being that most of them are now out of copyright.
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on November 22, 2012 3:27am
I was not aware that Schubert's setting was written using the 1928 text, or that he had time-travel capabilities.
I'd assumed that there was, therefore, some flexibility with the text.  Rob, if you do have a specific text that you require to be used as the mass setting libretto, please post it and people can either post only settings of those texts, or adapt existing ones.
on November 27, 2012 2:43am
More likely that the 1928 text was shoe-horned into the Shubert :)
on December 5, 2012 2:47am
It has just come to my attention that Kenneth Leighton wrote a setting in D for the 1662 (1928, Common Worship Traditional Language) texts which is describede as 'easy, unison congregation, optional SATB'. It is available from Oxford University Press and sounds as if it might tick all your boxes.
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