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THE SEASON OF LENT is a time for the preparation for the celebration of Easter. The liturgy prepares the catechumens for the celebration of the Paschal mystery by the various stages of Christian initiation; it also prepares the faithful, who recall their baptism and do penance in preparation for Easter (LYGN27).

The beginning of Lent is marked with the blessing and imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday or, for pastoral reasons, on the First Sunday of Lent. The act of putting on ashes symbolizes our fragility and mortality as well as our need to be redeemed by the mercy of God.

Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
Glory to you, O Christ, Wisdom of God the Father.
Glory to you, O Christ, Word of God.
Glory to you, O Christ, Son of the living God.
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Great and wonderful are your works, O Lord.
Salvation, glory, and power belong to the Lord Jesus Christ.

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Wisdom 11:24.25.27
You are merciful to all, O Lord, and despise nothing that you have made. You overlook the sins of man, to bring him to repentance, for you are the Lord our God.

The Penitential Act is omitted, and the Distribution of Ashes takes its place.

“Tear your hearts and not your garments.”
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Joel 2:12-18

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 51:3-4.5-6ab.12- 13.14 and 17 (R. cf. 3a)
R/. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your merciful love;
according to your great compassion,
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me completely from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin. R/.
My transgressions, truly I know them;
my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
what is evil in your sight I have done. R/.

R/. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Create a pure heart for me, O God;
Renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence;
take not your holy spirit from me. R/.

Restore in me the joy of your salvation;
Sustain in me a willing spirit.
O Lord, open my lips
And my mouth shall proclaim your praise. R/.

“Be reconciled to God. Behold, now is the acceptable time. ”
A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians, (2 Corinthians 5:20, 6:2)

Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
Today, harden not your hearts, but listen to the voice of the Lord.
Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

“Your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 6: 1-6, 16- 18)


  1. Attende Domine (CHB 321)
  2. Yes I shall arise (CHB 316)
  3. Hear o thou bounteous maker (CHB 12)
  4. I come to thee (CHB 346)
  5. All the way to Calvary


  1. God of mercy (CHB 194)
  2. Jesus my Lord (CHB 196)
  3. My God accept my heart (CHB 251)
  4. Pay back time
  5. Take my life
  6. Lord accept the gifts (CHB 56)
  7. Take our bread (CHB 60)


  1. Hear us O Lord (CHB 13)
  2. God our Father (CHB 195)
  3. Just as I am (CHB 90C)
  4. Rock of ages (CHB 106)
  5. As I look unto the cross
  6. Close to the Cross
  7. Lord Jesus think on me


  1. Ashes
  2. Nearer God (CHB 199)
  3. Forty days and Forty nights
  4. Throughout these Forty days O Lord
  5. Ashes of Repentance
  6. Ave Regina Coelorum (CHB 323)
  7. Sweet Saviour bless us (CHB 150)

Courtesy……..Songs Selection Committee of LAMCOM (Lagos Archdiocesan Music Commission)


The Christian Is Salt and Light. The theme of the Sunday is contained in the two parables of the gospel. The figure of light is given more importance than that of salt and, in fact, the first reading refers also to the theme of light. The second reading is related to this theme. Paul states that good works are the sign of the presence of the Spirit. They are the concrete proofs of the truth of the beliefs proclaimed by Christians.

Your light shall break forth like the dawnA reading from the Book of Isaiah (58:7-10).

Psalm 1 1 2: 4-5. 6-7. 8a and 9 (R.4a)  
R/. A light rises in the darkness for the upright.

A light rises in the darkness for the upright; he is generous, merciful and just.It goes well for the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. R/.

He will never be moved;forever shall the just be remembered. He has no fear of evil news;with a firm heart, he trusts in the Lord. R/.

With a steadfast heart he will not fear. Open-handed, he gives to the poor; his justice stands firm forever.His might shall be exalted in glory. R/.

“I have told you of the mystery of Christ crucified.”A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians: (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).

I am the light of the world, says the Lord; he who follows me will have the light of life. Alleluia.

“You are the light of the world.”A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 5: 13-16).

1. Laudate Dominum
2. Christ be our light
3.  Shalom
4. O God thy people gather CHB 24
5. Lee’m Dinwenum
6. Awa Made
7. Mo More

1. Come God’s children (CHB)
2. Children of the Lord
3. Bring them to the Lord
4. Why can’t you say thank you?
5. All man’s labour CHB
6. Oludumare Gbebowa
7.  Gbore wa oh

1. O esca viatorum CHB 329
2. Lead Kindly Light (CHB 242)
3. Instrument of peace
4. Whatsoever you do (CHB 124)
5. The light of the world is Jesus
6. Ife chukwu
7. Anima Christi

1. Light of Christ (CHB 138)
2. There’s a call (CHB 118)
3. Go in peace
4. Where he leads, I follow
5. Kabiyesi

Compiled by
I.E Citadel Okonkwo


What is Catholic Liturgy?

The term “liturgy” refers to the official public worship of the Catholic Church. It includes the Mass, which is the central act of worship in the Catholic Church, as well as other sacraments and liturgical services. The liturgy is rooted in the biblical tradition and is intended to make present the saving mystery of Christ through the celebration of the sacraments, the proclamation of the word, and the singing of hymns and liturgical songs.

The liturgy is also divided into the liturgy of the word and the liturgy of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the word, the scriptures are proclaimed and a homily, or sermon, is given. In the liturgy of the Eucharist, bread and wine are consecrated by the priest to become the body and blood of Christ, and are then shared among the faithful.

The Catholic Church has two main liturgical rites: the Roman Rite, which is used in most of the world, and the Byzantine Rite, which is used primarily by Eastern Catholics. Within the Roman Rite, there are also a number of different liturgical calendars, including the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (also known as the Traditional Latin Mass) and the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite (also known as the Novus Ordo), which was introduced after the Second Vatican Council.

In summary, Catholic liturgy refers to the official public worship of the Catholic Church, which includes the Mass and other sacraments, which is intended to make present the saving mystery of Christ through the celebration of the sacraments, the proclamation of the word, and the singing of hymns and liturgical songs





The wrath and compassion of God are shown in the exile and liberation of his people.
A reading from the second Book of Chronicles (2 Chronicles 36:14-16.1923)


R/. O let my tongue cleave to my palate if I remember you not.


When we were dead through our trespasses, we were saved by grace.”
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians (Ephesians 2:4-10)


John 3: 16
Glory and praise to you, O Christ. God do loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should have eternal life. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.


God sent the Son that the World might be saved through him”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 3:14-21)


1. Praise my soul, the king of heaven (CHB27)
2. (CHB 191) All you who seek a comfort sure
3. Stand up, Stand up for Jesus (CHB 35)
4 Christ be our light.
5 O God thy people gather (CHB 24)


  1. God Almighty (CHB 51)
  2. Its Pay back time
  3. Gbe’bo wa
  4. (CHB 67) What have we to offer him.
  5. Surrender your heart
  6. What can we bring to offer


  1. Jesus my Lord, behold at length the day (CHB 196)
  2. Mee ranyi ebere
  3. Christ be our light.
  4. God gives his people strength ( CHB 77)
  5. Pass me not o gentle Saviour ( CHB103)
  6. E was gba Ara Oluwa.
  7. Be still, my soul..
  8. O Listen to a wondrous story.


  1. When I survey (CHB202)
  2. Keep step with the master (CHB 241)
  3. Forty days and Forty nights
  4. My faith looks up to thee
  5. Jesus loves me.
  6. Glory be to Jesus( CHB193)
  7. Holy Queen , we bend before thee. (CHB298)

Approved by Director, LAMCOM Lagos Arch Diocese. Lagos State

Proper of the Mass in Igbo language

During the last Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in Abuja, the Bishops of the Igbo speaking Dioceses led by His Grace, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, Archbishop of Onitsha, invited Dr. Jude Nnam (Ancestor) to a meeting where they explained that there has been some changes made in the Proper of the Mass in Igbo language. Ancestor was therefore, assigned to compose a new Proper of the Mass in Igbo, taking cognizance of the changes.

Choirs down East of the Niger has been instructed to switch to the new Mass Proper by PENTECOST SUNDAY. 

Ancestor has finished the work, so, WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE COMPOSITIONS.

The Book Art for the O.O.M Vol 1 By Obioha Ogbonna is Finally Out.

The Book Art for the Order of Mass by Obioha Ogbonna is finally out
Release date “*31st January, 2018*”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)About the Order of Mass Compilation by Obioha Ogbonna

Q1. Is it Soft Copy or Hard Copy or Both?
A1. It is *Soft Copy*, Links will be provided for download, if you want hard copy, kindly download and print.

Q2 How much?
A2 It is *Absolutely Free*

Q3. What is the Compilation Album about?
A3. The Order of Mass is a compilation album which includes songs composed for the Part of Mass in the Catholic church.

Q4 Why is there no Creed or Gloria?
A4 No particular reason, this is the first volume they might be included in other volumes.

Q5 Who is Obioha Ogbonna?
Obioha Victor Ogbonna a.k.a Leonatus is an African composer and graduate of Petroleum and Gas Engineering from the University of Lagos.
You can read more about him from

Q6. Is it staff or solfa ?
A6 There are 2 types of scores available,
1. Vocal Score with Tonic Solfa
2. Complete score with percussion

Some scores have 1,or both of the available types mentioned above.

Q7 When is the release Date
A7 31st of January, 2018

LATIN Terms used in Music

There are many Latin terms used in music to show how a piece of music is to be performed.  Some of these terminologies are arranged under various groups as shown below.


 Tempo time The speed of music e.g. 120 BPM
Grave solemn Slow and solemn, slower than largo
Largo broad Slow and dignified
Larghetto a little bit broad Not as slow as largo
Lentando slowing Becoming slower
Lento slow Slow
Adagio ad agio, at ease Slow, but not as slow as largo
Adagietto little adagio Faster than adagio; or a short adagio composition
Andante walking Moderately slow, flowing along
Moderato moderately At a moderate speed
Allegretto a little bit joyful Slightly slower than allegro
Largamente broadly Slow and dignified
Mosso moved Agitated
Allegro joyful; lively and fast Moderately fast
Sostenuto sustained A slowing of tempo, often accompanied by legato playing
Fermata stopped Marks a note to be held or sustained
Presto ready Very fast
Prestissimo very ready Very very fast, as fast as possible
Accelerando accelerating Accelerating
Affrettando becoming hurried Accelerating
Allargando slowing and broadening Slowing down and broadening, becoming more stately and majestic, possibly louder
Ritardando slowing Decelerating
Rallentando becoming progressively slower Decelerating
Rubato robbed Free flowing and exempt from steady rhythm
Tenuto sustained Holding or sustaining a single note

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Tips for Conducting a Church Choir

Many professional and non-professional musicians find themselves charged with the job of conducting their local church choir. It’s a fun job with its own unique set of challenges—not the least of which is dealing with the typical mix of trained and untrained singers in the choir. There are several useful tips in this guide which will help you learn how to conduct a choir.

Use a Baton—or Not

The first decision you have to make with regards to conducting a choir is whether or not to us a baton. A surprisingly large number of choral conductors do not, but there’s no hard and fast rule one way or another.

The argument for using a baton is that it helps you better define the beat than using bare-handed gestures. The argument against using a baton is that it may make conducting too rigid and keep the vocal music from flowing as it should.

In reality, however, a good conductor can get the desired results with or without a baton. Using a baton doesn’t necessarily translate into a more rigid or staccato performance, just as not using one doesn’t necessarily result in sloppy beat patterns. It’s all a matter of what works for you; use the baton if you like, or go bare-handed if that’s more your style.

Use Proper Conducting Technique

Whether you choose to use a baton or not, you do need to employ proper conducting technique. That means using the right hand only to define the beat, and not mirroring beat patterns with both hands—which is something less experienced conductors tend to do by default.

It also means conducting the beat, not the rhythms of a piece, which is another novice mistake. It’s tempting to use your hands to emphasize the dominant rhythms in a piece, but that will confuse the performers. They depend on you to keep the straight beat, and that’s what you need to do.

So train yourself to use your right hand (baton or not) to conduct proper beat patterns. Not simplified beat patterns, where you make a simple up-down motion, but the full beat patterns where every downbeat in a measure has its own position on the horizontal plane in front of you.

You then free up your left hand for more musical gestures—conducting dynamics, cues, phrasing, and the like. If there isn’t anything musically to indicate with your left hand, leave it straight at your side; don’t let it get in the way.

Don’t Sing Along

What you should avoid doing is singing along with the choir while you conduct. Now, this might seem natural to you, especially if you’re a former member of the choir. But when you sing along your conducting suffers, since you’re not concentrating fully. In addition, you won’t be able to hear how the choir is doing over the sound of your own voice. Focus on the task at hand, which is conducting, and leave the singing to the choir.

Choose the Right Repertoire for Your Singers

The wrong choice of music is the downfall of many a church choir conductor. Choose the right level of music for your voices and everything will sound great; choose music that’s too advanced or an inappropriate style and even a good choir will sound bad.

The challenge is dealing with the mix of trained and untrained voices found in a the typical church choir. You want to pick music that challenges the more talented singers in the choir, while at the same time isn’t impossible to sing by the lesser-trained members.

This means paying attention to your choir’s vocal strengths and weaknesses. Church choirs are notoriously weak in the men’s voices, for example, which means you shouldn’t choose music that requires a powerful bass presence. The worst-sounding church choirs are those where the choir director’s ambitions don’t fit the choir’s abilities; the best are those where the music matches the available talent.

When in doubt, know that simpler is better. Avoid music with notes that are too high or too low. Be wary of arrangements with lots of fast-moving notes, difficult syncopated rhythms, or lines with too many wide skips. With new music being performed every week or so, you simply don’t have time to tackle overly-challenging pieces.

Work on the Blend

Because you’re dealing with a mix of talent levels, some singers in your choir will be stronger than others. This may make it difficult to achieve a pleasing blend of voices. It’s the danger of individualism; strong singers will stand out like a vocal sore thumb, and not blend in with the rest of the choir. Blending gets easier the more singers you have, but you may need to have an aside with any singer who’s just a little too good for the overall ensemble—but not quite good enough to recognize the blending issue.

You can also achieve a better blend by stressing listening during rehearsals. Ask singers to listen closely to others in their section and try to match the sound they hear. Encourage uniform pronunciation of vowels and consonants, and work hard on group phrasing. Then just work, work, work on blend and balance during the rehearsals; good results take time.

Rehearsals Are Key

Rehearsals are where you really make your mark with a church choir. Unfortunately, the rehearsal schedule for a church choir can be challenging, since you’re typically dealing with infrequent rehearsals after work during the week.

Start each rehearsal with 15 minutes or so of basic vocal exercises, to get the body and the singers’ voices and brains ready for singing. You can then turn to the music of the week, and start working on individual parts and sections as need be.

You’ll want to spend an appropriate amount of time working on when your singers should breathe during a piece. It’s all part of establishing the desired phrasing; you want everyone (or at least everyone in a section) to breathe at the same time, not wherever they fell like doing so. This is definitely an issue to address during rehearsals.

Also important is getting your choir to sing in tune. Intonation is a challenge even for professional choirs; it’s a real bear when you’re dealing with the part-time singers in your church choir. It pays to spend a decent amount of rehearsal time working through intonation exercises.

Finally, keep an eye on the energy level of your singers, especially during long rehearsals. If the energy level starts to flag, have the choir stand up and sing for a while—or, if they’ve been standing, have them sit down and rest. And don’t forget to take a break or two, and have some fun. If you can get the singers laughing, especially in the last half of the rehearsal, it will help to energize them.

Armed with these tips, you will be able to get the most out of your church choir.

Happy conducting!

culled from Tips for Conducting a Choir