Vernacular hymns at Communion during EF High Mass—your thoughts?
Low Mass Vernacular Hymns
Just because I’m aware of something that happened in the past doesn’t mean I endorse it.
How utterly strange to see such items!
In spite of what you may have read online, hymns in English were often sung during Low Mass.
If they were set upon avoiding the word “men,” I wish ICEL would have done something like “peace on earth to *those* of good will.”
A “Dialogue” Low Mass with singing (c. 1958) by choristers of St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.
Can you imagine singing all those vernacular hymns while Mass is happening?
“While most worshipers were stumbling through the Introit or Collect, a few fluent in Latin would be loudly racing through the prayers.”
“And the practice of saying a Low Mass while the choir sings bits of things is too dreadful to be described.” — Fr. Adrian Fortescue, 1912