Category Archives: Ordo Cantus Missae

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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