A Pray Tell reader writes in:
I am a parishioner at a very small, rural parish of about 50 families. We really struggle with music on Sundays. Often we have no accompanist of any kind, and rarely do we have a cantor. Certainly no one is paid to do any sort of music prep… [W]e have very little resources – both financial and in terms of talent.
So, given this situation, does anyone have suggestions for musical resources that are simple and singable, and do not require accompaniment? Resources for the Mass Ordinary? For the Responsoral Psalm? Is there a hymnal would you recommend? Would you recommend a hymnal at all?
OR given our situation, would it be better simply to dispense with music altogether and focus on other things that we can actually do well – training lectors, servers, greeters, etc.?
It seems that dispensing with music altogether should be the last resort. At the very least one could sing the Mass parts in unison unaccompanied. Readers, do any of your communities have similar problems? Are there any suggestions or resources that you could offer?