I asked this question a while back: why don’t we use supertitles like in many opera houses? Then we could get rid of hymnals permanently and people who don’t understand Latin can still keep up.
No really because the instructions equally apply to the EF form!
A few years ago I attended a performance of Don Giovanni in Antwerp. The surtitles were in Flemish, which didn't help much. Seriously, though, churches do not have a proscenium arch onto which surtitles can be projected, so screens would have to be erected. I saw this done at a cathedral Polish Mass in Edinburgh (the cathedral being unable to provide texts in Polish). It was distracting, particularly when it went wrong, as it did on at least two occasions.Marginally less annoying than having a cantor or cantrix singing to the audience and then raising his or her arms heavenwards as a signal for the plebs to join in.
Ugh. My previous parish put up some large monitors that displayed the responses and lyrics of the Hagen Hymns. It was terribly distracting. Of course, you’re right. I can tell what is going on and being prayed by the posture and motion of the priest, so if one learns that then the rest falls into place. That can take a while to learn by repeated exposure so I was hoping for something that people new to the EF could follow without having to constantly ask. Those little red missals will have to do.
So they still are allowing Extraordinary Minsters of Holy Communion??? Why?This is a great time to get rid of them!!!
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