Sunday, May 19, 2013


Please note that there is a congregational hymn to accompany the procession, but when the Holy Father reaches the altar to kiss and incense it, the proper Entrance Antiphon is chanted marvelously in Latin. All the propers, offertory and communion antiphons are chanted in Latin with additional hymns. This should be the mandated template for every parish everywhere in the world. Please note too that the Holy Father, the Bishop of Rome, also known as the Pope, is wearing a very nice chasuble and miter. Please note too another oddity in that the Holy Father after blessing the Holy Water at the Rite of Sprinkling Holy Water does not then sprinkle the congregation even symbolically from his throne, but rather the deacons wearing lace albs do the sprinkling. Please note too that the Kyrie is sung after the Sprinkling, not omitted. PLEASE NOTE TOO THAT THE HOLY FATHER, THE POPE, CONTINUES TO DISTRIBUTE HOLY COMMUNION ONLY TO THE LACED ALBED DEACONS AS THEY KNEEL TO RECEIVE ON THE TONGUE THE SACRED HOST THAT THE HOLY FATHER HAS INTINCTED IN THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD:

And Pope Benedict's synopsis of his last Pentecost Mass, 2012, inside the Basilica. This was on the heels of the "Butler did it" scandal that more than likely wiped Pope Benedict out and made him realize the Church needed new governance. Very sad!

Pope conducts Pentecost amid scandal by reuters

Pope conducts mass amid media leaks scandal by euronews-en


John Nolan said...

The sung Common of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus/Benedictus, Agnus Dei) is also in the universal language and if we are talking about mandated templates this is the obvious starting point. The GR Propers require a trained schola to deliver them. However, the two mandated Sequences left in the Novus Ordo (Easter and Pentecost) MUST be done in Latin and chant.

Today's Sequence (Veni Sancte Spiritus), known as the Golden Sequence, is attributed to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, who also drew up Magna Carta (the provisions of which underpin liberty not just in England but in the English-speaking world, including the USA). It is not difficult to sing, and the congregation repeats the melody after the schola.

Attempts to replace it with vapid Taize "chants" or Webbe's 18th century metrical setting should be strongly resisted.

ytc said...

Atrocious English singing, but a good Mass otherwise!

Anonymous said...

Were the propers taken from the Roman Gradual?

John Nolan said...

The Introit, Sequence and Communio were from the Gradual although the psalm verses for the last were polyphonic, which now seems to be the custom in Rome. The Responsorial Psalm replaced the first Alleluia, and the Sequence preceded the Alleluia, which was taken from the Lectionary.

Regardless of what it says in the GIRM, if the interlectionary chants are taken from the Gradual, they follow the traditional order, with the Sequence last. It would also appear that the Alleluia is repeated after the verse, even when the Sequence follows. This is not the case in the EF where the repeat is omitted since the second Alleluia follows on from the first, and the Sequence follows on from the second.