Mr. Paul Parco, cantor:
For the past five years, I have regularly celebrated our Cathedral Basilica’s EF High Mass on Sunday. They have an exquisite schola of young people who chant both Gregorian and Polyphony without accompaniment. It is what I would call the pure Latin Rite Mass of the first millennia.
When I celebrate this Mass, I feel as though time has stopped and God, the Church and the Mass simply are as God stated in the Old Testament that He is “I AM”. I am connected to time and eternity.
On Divine Mercy Sunday as well as next Sunday, our organist is on vacation. Thus at our 8 AM Sunday Mass, we are being led by a very competent male cantor a Capella.
While our music is more contemporary and in the vernacular, it created the same sensation for me as I experience at our cathedral. It is also the epitome of “noble simplicity” for both forms of our one Latin Rite.
With our English Mass, I could really hear the congregation singing and some of them actually were adding descants!
Have you experienced the sung EF Mass a Capella? Have you experienced a vernacular OF Mass sung a Capella with all the propers chanted as well as all the priest’s parts and congregational parts chanted?
Truly awe inspiring.