Mass facing the people—a defense

To some readers of Pray Tell it might seem eyebrow-raising to be addressing this issue in the summer of 2012. But some of our friends continue to assert that we regular celebrators of the OF are laboring under a massive misunderstanding of the implementation documents of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

So let’s look at this issue again.

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Singing the Mass

by Jeffrey Tucker, managing editor of the journal Sacred Music.
“Many Council fathers hoped for a liturgical reform that would put an end to the pre-conciliar practice of vernacular hymnody dominating the Mass. They wanted to universalize the high Mass with music that is native to the ritual. It didn’t turn out that way, for a variety of reasons.”

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