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Meeting Christ in the Liturgy
Instruction of the Roman Missal

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  • II. DIFFERENT ELEMENTS OF THE MASS
    • IMPORTANCE OF SINGING
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IMPORTANCE OF SINGING

19. The faithful who gather together to await the Lord's coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing psalms, hymns, and inspired songs (see Col 3:16). Song is the sign of the heart's joy (see Acts 2:46). Thus St. Augustine says rightly: "To sing belongs to lovers."25 There is also the ancient proverb: "One who sings well prays twice."

With due consideration for the culture and ability of each congregation, great importance should be attached to the use of singing at Mass; but it is not always necessary to sing all the texts that are of themselves meant to be sung.

In choosing the parts actually to be sung, however, preference should be given to those that are more significant and especially to those to be sung by the priest or ministers with the congregation responding or by the priest and people together.26

Since the faithful from different countries come together ever more frequently, it is desirable that they know how to sing at least some parts of the Ordinary of the Mass in Latin, especially the profession of faith and the Lord's Prayer, set to simple melodies.27

 




25. Augustine, «Sermo» 336, 1: PL 38, 1472.



26. See SCR, MusSacr nos. 7, 16. MR, «Ordo cantus Missae», ed. typica, 1972, Introduction.



27. See SC art. 54. SCR, Instr. InterOec, 26 Sept. 1964, no. 59; Instr. MusSacr no. 47.






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