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OCM Introduction 22-23: Psalms at Communion

Let’s wrap up our examination of the Ordo Cantus Missae with a look back at Communion psalms: 22. The numbers of psalms and of their verses are taken from the Nova Vulgata edition (Vatican Polyglot Press, 1969). The verses and … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction 19-21: How to Use the Order of Chant for Mass

As always, I note the kind contribution of Richard Chonak who translated the Latin original of the second edition (1988). Today, some guidance on how to use the repertoire in the Roman Gradual for the reformed liturgy: 19. Since a great variety … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction 13-18: Liturgy of the Eucharist, Concluding Rites

Let’s roll through the remainder of the Mass. OCM doesn’t give a lot of instruction on this part, but keep in mind that everything written about the music at entrance (OCM 1) applies to singing during the Communion Procession (OCM … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction 9-12: Liturgy of the Word, Two Readings

As always, I note the kind contribution of Richard Chonak who translated the Latin original of the second edition (1988). Today, we look at the situation when there are two readings, not three, in the Liturgy of the Word: 9. When there … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction 7-8: Alleluia and Sequence

Today, a look at the liturgical moments before the Gospel: 7. The second reading is followed by the Alleluia or the Tract. The Alleluia chant is arranged in this way: Alleluia is sung completely, with its melismatic neume, by the … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction 4-6: Readings and Psalms

After the Gloria, catch a quick breath; the Liturgy of the Word awaits. You did know that the readings may be sung, right? 4. When there are two readings before the Gospel, the first reading, which is usually taken from … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction 3: Gloria

We continue the examination of the document Ordo Cantus Missae, which forms part of the introduction to the Roman Gradual, the official Roman Catholic book of music. As always, I note the kind contribution of Richard Chonak who translated the Latin original … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction 2: Kyrie

As always, I note the kind contribution of Richard Chonak who translated the Latin original of the second edition (1988). Let’s look at the Ordinary music of the Introductory Rites: 2. The acclamations Kyrie, eleison can be distributed among two or three … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction 1: Singing at the Entrance

The OCM next addresses the various parts of the Mass and outlines how the singing of individual elements is to take place. The next eighteen numbered sections address the Mass from entrance to conclusion. Today, we’ll look at the longest … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction D: A Pastoral Option

As always, I note the kind contribution of Richard Chonak who translated the Latin original of the second edition (1988). What do you make of the pastoral adaptation permitted below? For like reason permission is given to choose among pertinent chants of … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction C: Neo-Gregorian Melodies

Perhaps a musical expert can tell us where the dividing line is between the authentic and the imitation: Moreover the removal of pieces that display later, neo-gregorian imitations, particularly in the feasts of the Saints, has made it possible that … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction B: Retaining and Reviving Gregorian Treasures

I note the kind contribution of Richard Chonak who translated the Latin original of the second edition (1988). The deletion of some observances (like the Pentecost octave) meant some chants were unassigned in the new calendar. However, the expansion of two cycles of … Continue reading

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OCM Introduction A: Reform of the Graduale Romanum

I want to note the kind contribution of Richard Chonak who translated the Latin original of the second edition (1988). He has given us generous permission to review this document on this site in our vernacular. Hopefully we’ll all gain some insights … Continue reading

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Ordo Cantus Missae

Thanks to Liam for suggesting we look at the introduction to the Ordo Cantus Missae. I’m especially indebted to Richard Chonak who translated the Latin original of the second edition (1988) which, we think, has yet to be officially translated into English. … Continue reading

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