Welcome to another rapid installment of What Does the Prayer Really Sound Like?
Today we will learn the antiphons, orations and readings for the 4th Sunday after Easter in the 1962 Missale Romanum. I read the texts and then sing the prayers the priest must sing in the Festal and Solemn tones and sing also the Epistle and Gospel in tones you can use on Sundays and feasts.
NB: I had lots of interruptions making this installment… phone calls and vehicles whizzing by outside. As a result, I had some stops and starts. Thus, my pitch might drift a little.
If priests who are learning to say the older form of Holy Mass can get these prayers in their ears, they will be able to pray them with more confidence. So, priests are my very first concern.
However, these audio projects can be of great help to lay people who attend Holy Mass in the Traditional, or extraordinary form: by listening to them ahead of time, and becoming familiar with the sound of the before attending Mass, they will be more receptive to the content of the prayers and be aided in their full, conscious and active participation.
My pronunciation of Latin is going to betray something of my nationality, of course. Men who have as their mother tongue something other than English will sound a little different. However, we are told that the standard for the pronunciation of Latin in church is the way it is spoken in Rome. Since I have spent a lot of time in Rome, you can be pretty sure my accent will not be too far off the mark.
Let your priest friends know this resource is available.
Pray for me, listen carefully, and practice practice practice.