Wednesday, April 1, 2015
A CHANTED PASSION?
In addition to having three deacons and/or priest read the passion, it may be chanted. In this case if no ordained person is able to chant this long Gospel, it can be delegated to three cantors.
In my parish, at three of our Palm Sunday Masses, the Gospel was read in parts with the congregation joining in the "chorus" parts. This fashion of the Gospel is in our missalettes. The congregation seems to enjoy doing their parts, especially the "crucify Him, crucify Him" parts which is odd of course.
At our two principal Masses three professional cantors chanted the Gospel.
At all our Masses the congregation remains standing, except our newly ordained parochial vicar asked the Saturday vigil crowd to sit. I suggested to him that standing is more reverent for the Passion and it is the passion we are reading and so we need to identify with the Lord in agony.
Which way do you prefer the Gospel Passion to be executed and how did you experience it in your own parish? Did you chant, read or sit?