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Commissioned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Church of the Epiphany, Washington,

DC, the Missa Miamiensis was composed during July and August of 1993 while the composer was on sabbatical in Miami Beach, (hence the “Latinized” title which translates  as The Miami Mass.) As Organist and Director of Music for this parish from 1987-1994, James Buonemani scored the work for musical forces that were readily available at the church: a Steinway concert grand piano, an Aeolian-Skinner organ with a commanding “State Trumpet,” a fine soprano saxophonist who was a member of the choir, and a choir with soloists. The field drum part was conceived later during the writing of the Sanctus to evoke the assembling together of  “Angels and Archangels and the whole company of heaven.” The premiere took place on June 5, 1994, at a special Sesquicentennial Mass with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Edmond Lee Browning, officiating. The work has since received multiple performances in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, and has received minor revisions for each of those performances resulting in the authoritative edition available here.



Kyrie eleison.

Christe eleison.

Kyrie elieson.


Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Glória in excélsis Deo

et in terra pax homínibus bonae voluntátis.

Laudámus te,

benedícimus te,

adorámus te,

glorificámus te,

grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam,

Dómine Deus, Rex cæléstis,

Deus Pater omnípotens.

Dómine Fili Unigénite, Iesu Christe,

Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris,

qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis;

qui tollis peccáta mundi, súscipe deprecatiónem nostram.

Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis.

Quóniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dóminus, tu solus Altíssimus,

Iesu Christe, cum Sancto Spíritu: in glória Dei Patris. Amen.


Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,

we bless you,

we adore you,

we glorify you,

we give you thanks for your great glory,

Lord God, heavenly King,

O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;

you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.

you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus

Dominus Deus Sabaoth.

Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua.

Hosanna in excelsis.

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.

Hosanna in excelsis.


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.


Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Product Info

This score is 135 pages (letter-size - 8 ½ x 11 inches) in length, and is designed for front only copying or for front and back “booklet” style copying. This score is used by the conductor as well as the chorus, organist and pianist. Purchasers download a compressed ZIP file containing PDF scores, with permission to reproduce copies in maximum quantities of 20, 40 or 99. (Permission “rights” are printed on the bottom of each score.) If permission to reproduce more than 99 copies is desired, please contact All orders include additional separate PDF files for the instrumental parts (separate parts for oboe/soprano sax, snare drum, and separate parts, if desired, for the organ and piano part in Agnus Dei movement). Once purchased, the product will be immediately available for download from the Purchase Confirmation page. A confirmation email with a download link will also be sent to the Purchaser’s email address. Once purchased, this music may be performed without limitations. For recording rights, please contact the composer at


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