Saturday, September 17, 2005

Gregorian Missal

Your blogger received his copy of the Gregorian Missal today.

Review at Cantemus Domino, Another Review, where to buy - got mine on ebay though

The one thing that leapt at me was this - the Entrance, Offertory and Communion Antiphons all come from Scripture. What could be better than singing Scripture? Do we think that a hymn of our arbitrary choice can be better than that?

Sad to say, the anglophones do not have an official translation of the Offertory Antiphons. In the context of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, the "Thanksgiving Hymn" is optional - your blogger would rather pray in silence. Similarly, there is no such thing as a "Recessional Hymn".However, your blogger would gladly recite/sing/chant the Salve Regina anytime.


At 3:34 AM, Blogger Aristotle said...

"What could be better than singing Scripture?"

Singing Scipture that has been masterfully and artistically set to music.

I'd leave you with examples that fall short, but you know many of them already.

As for the Salve Regina: The simple or the solemn tone?

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Norman said...

Hi Aristotle - I don't mind both settings of the Salve Regina - but i'm more familiar with the simple tone, and I'm sure many are.

At 7:34 PM, Blogger Norman said...

.. and thanks so much for dropping by!


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