Resurrection & St. Joseph
Well, we are slowly settling into a new rhythm with the coronavirus protocols. We will have music at our services again starting in July. We are still not permitted to have congregational singing so the cantors will be singing alone with the organ. Instead of hymns the cantor will be singing the antiphons for each Mass. You may have noticed that we recite a scriptural verse at the beginning of Mass and during the Communion Rite at every Mass without music. Those verses are called "antiphons" and they are written specifically for that particular Mass--we call them the "Mass Propers".
In short, after the liturgical changes following Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) the documents of the Church gave three options for music. These are, in order of preference: (1) pride of place is to be given to Gregorian chant; (2) the Mass Propers (antiphons); (3) the Propers may be replaced with hymns. Despite this instruction, options one and two have gone by the wayside and while option three has become ubiquitous. Because hymns are replacing the texts written for the Mass, the difference between singing the antiphons and singing hymns is the difference between "singing the Mass" and "singing at Mass".
After coronavirus is over, we will continue singing hymns. Our choirs will continue as before. But we will also have the added leaven of the Mass Propers sprinkled in. In this way we are aligning ourselves more closely with what the Church is calling us to do in our corporate worship. --Please let me know if you have any questions!
Grace & Peace!
Fr. Michael Garry
Covid 19 Protocols
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