By now, many clergy and wedding musicians are familiar with the expanded prescriptions of the Gloria, including its provision in ritual Masses, including weddings, and even on a Lent or Advent weekday.
I had a wedding Mass this past weekend in which the presider followed the 1970 Order of Marriage and included a penitential rite. We didn’t prepare a Gloria for singing. But I’m wondering about that next wedding Mass on my schedule.
Let me offer up the purple chair for you with the following questions:
Will you sing or say the Gloria?
If you sing, which setting?
Is the Missal’s Gloria XV really suitable for a festive occasion like a wedding (let alone Christmastime or the Fifty Days)? And if you anticipate people won’t sing it anyway, why not take up the option of a performance piece, even another chant like Gloria VIII?
What’s your opinion on the MR3′s expanded use of the Gloria?