Inspired by a reader’s email question, I dug out my volume of the Ordo Missae in cantu to talk about and then sing the Roman Canon, 1st Eucharistic Prayer, in Latin. So, this is also a PRAYERCAzT and an ASK FATHER answer.
I had a question in my email today:
I recently attended a Mass where the celebrant sang–in a crooner’s voice–the entire canon, including the Consecration. This wasn’t chant or plainsong. It sounded like Dean Martin. Would something like this meet with official approval?
As part of my answer, I will sing for you the Roman Canon using the Ordo missae in cantu. I’ll insert here the name of the Pope and some hypothetical bishop, John, and go from there.
Singing the canon can be done in the Novus Ordo. Whether you should or not is another question. It makes Mass longer, of course. Also, if you have orchestral or polyphonic settings of the Sanctus and Benedictus you have the whole question of whether or not to do what was done traditionally, that its have the celebrant continue with the silent recitation of the Canon while the Sanctus is being sung, and then, after the Sanctus is concluded continue with the consecration sung aloud. Then return to the silent recitation while the Benedictus is sung, until singing aloud the doxology. That is in keeping with the way things were done for centuries and it works. The rubrics, however, militate against this. It would be good to have a deeper discussion of the value of having a silent Canon, at least from time to time. Joseph Ratzinger suggested this in one of his books and I think he would not have changed his mind.
Also, if there are priests out there who are determine to gripe about the new translation, I suggest they start using Latin.
This is a “how to” project, for priests.http://www.wdtprs.com/podcazt/11_01_16.mp3
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