From a reader:
I attended the local EF Mass … It was as usual, the most beautiful thing this side of heaven. I have one question however on a point I had not witnessed before. During the chanting of the Sanctus Sanctus Sanctus, the schola did not finish up with the Benedictus qui Venit in Nomini Domini. I thought it odd, but paid not further attention as the priest proceeded with the Canon. During the consecration however, the schola chanted the Benedictus. Is this proper or traditional? I have not heard this done before.
Yes, this is proper. It is generally not done in the newer form, the Novus Ordo, but it has always been proper and traditional in the older form.
You will find that in orchestral and polyphonic settings for Holy Mass through the centuries, the Sanctus and the Benedictus are divided. The Benedictus would continue after the consecration and/or the "Elevation Sonata" that might be played.
These days it is said that in the newer form there should be no music during the recitation of the Eucharistic Prayer. Of course the Eucharistic Prayer in the newer form is to be spoken aloud now.
This is all going to be rethought… and it must be rethought. As a matter of fact, His Holiness Pope Benedict in his writings before being elevated to the See of Peter, suggested that the silent Canon would be a good thing.
I agree. I think we need both the silent Canon and the reclamation of our musical heritage which includes, of course, settings of Mass that have a divided Sanctus and Benedictus.