Today we will hear the three tones of the Preface for Christmas in the 1962 Missale Romanum and the 2002MR as well. I don’t speak them this time. I just sing the ferial, solemn, and more solemn tones.
If I could make a recommendation to priests who sing prefaces. When you get to the end of a phrase, and especially at the end before the Sanctus, soften the volume a little. Few things are as nasty as hammering that last note of a phrase in any chant, but especially going into the Sanctus… even more especially if there is a bit of a gap while the choir is trying to figure out what to do next.
How can choirs be surprised that it is their turn to sing? Why are they so often not ready? Why do they start look for a pitch after they were supposed to begin? That is the stuff of another entry.
Also, I have the prayers for the Masses of Christmas in another PRAYERCAzT here.
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.
Pray for me, listen carefully, and practice practice practice.