Won’t reveal what diocese or publishing house this reports comes from. But the diocesan censors there are banning metrical settings of the Benedictus and Magnificat from new congregational resources. Only the official (prose) text from here on out.
So much for helping parishioners sing the Liturgy of the Hours in the unbelievable wide diversity of pastoral situations and available musical resources.
Up until now the U.S. General Instruction for the Roman Missal, as approved by the Holy See, permitted any text to be used for the Responsorial Psalm when the musical setting called for it. No more – at least not if your bishop doesn’t approve. Said diocesan officials are requiring that a notice state that it is up to the local ordinary to permit the use of psalm versions differing from the lectionary.
Don’t know if you can still replace the Gloria with “O Happy Day” – forgot to ask.