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“Although the mass contains great instruction for the faithful people, nevertheless, it has not seemed expedient to the Fathers, that it should be every where celebrated in the vulgar tongue. Wherefore, the ancient usage of each church, and the rite approved of by the holy Roman Church, the mother and mistress of all churches, being in each place retained; and, that the sheep of Christ may not suffer hunger, nor the little ones ask for bread, and there be none to break it unto them, the holy Synod charges pastors, and all who have the cure of souls, that they frequently, during the celebration of mass, expound either by themselves, or others, some portion of those things which are read at mass, and that, amongst the rest, they explain some mystery of this most holy sacrifice, especially on the Lord's days and festivals.”
— Council of Trent (17 September 1562)

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In This Regard, The EF Cannot Compare To The OF
published 1 May 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

N THE ORDINARY FORM, the “sung propers” don’t always match the “spoken propers.” In this regard, the EF cannot compare to the OF. However, some trivial differences do exist between the “sung” and “spoken” versions in the Extraordinary Form.

For example, the “spoken form” is CUM VENERIT:

841 Cum Venerit Paraclitus


However, the “sung version” in the Graduale—which often comes from a more ancient version called the Itala—has DUM VENERIT:

840 Dum Venerit


That’s the Communion for this Sunday. If you look at the Offertory verses for last Sunday, you’ll notice three possible versions:

Carl Ott’s Offertoriale: “Qui custodit veritatem in saeculum; faciet judicium injuriam patientibus; dat escam esurientibus.”

Rupert Fischer’s Offertoriale: “Qui custodit veritatem in saeculum; faciens judicium injuriam patientibus; dat escam esurientibus.”

St. Jerome’s Vulgata: “Qui custodit veritatem in saeculum; facit judicium injuriam patientibus; dat escam esurientibus.”

They all mean basically the same thing:

«Who will execute judgment for them that suffer wrong.»

«Who is executing judgment for them that suffer wrong.»

«Who executes judgment for them that suffer wrong.»

To view a meme about sung vs. spoken, click here.