Yesterday, Jonathan and I sang the Easter Mass. That consisted of:
Introit: Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum
Kyrie (Mass I: Lux et origo)
Gloria (Mass I: Lux et origo)
Gradual: Haec dies quam fecit Dominus
Alleluia: Pascha nostrum immolatus est Christus
Sequence: Victimae paschali laudes
Offertory: Terra tremuit
Sanctus (Mass I: Lux et origo)
Agnus Dei (Mass I: Lux et origo)
Communion: Pascha nostrum immolatus est Christus
Prayer for the Queen: Domine salvam fac
Antiphon to Our Lady: Regina caeli
It was a big sing for two voices, and it was not perfect; but we sang it to the best of our ability, and with very few mistakes. Another voice or two would have been helpful.
Of course, ideally we would have had some sacred polyphony at the Offertory and Communion as well.
But my point is that it only takes a couple of men, prepared to put in the practice, and a willing Parish Priest, to start to restore some of our heritage of sacred music - and fulfil the mandate of the Second Vatican Council (cf Sacrosanctum Concilium) that Gregorian Chant retain its pride of place as the music most fitting for liturgical worship.
And the chant is truly magnificent!
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