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November 27, 2019

Christmas is a-comin’

evelyn @ 3:09 pm

It’s that time of year again, we’re working at Christmas music, and I regret blog-posts will be a bit erratic until the dust settles in January.  And when it comes to the Christmas Mass music there is the usual rock-and-a-hard-place problem:

How can we have a special festive Mass setting for Christmas

WHEN

(a) according to the Vatican II rules, the people have GOT to sing the Mass,

BUT

(b)  there is no chance to practise with the people in Advent?

People will not hang around for practices in the run-up to Christmas, and there’s no Gloria anyway.

We’ve explored several possible solutions over the years:

  • decorating existing Mass parts, giving them a festive makeover. The work for this falls mainly on the organist and demands a bit of imagination.
  • using plainsong. The Missa de Angelis Gloria might work but the ICEL 2010 recommendations for the Sanctus and Agnus Dei are taken from the old Requiem Mass.  They are very nice, but hardly suitable for Christmas.

There is of course the option of just using the same old Mass music that we sing during the rest of the year …

 

 

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