Our last post on the text of the GILH.
280. Even when the hours are recited, hymns can nourish prayer, provided they have doctrinal and literary excellence; but of their nature they are designed for singing and so, as far as possible, at a celebration in common they should be sung.
Hymnody is a priority for singing, not just because of the nature of the artistic genre, but because hymns offer a nourishment for the spirit.
281. The short responsory after the reading at morning prayer and evening prayer (see GILH 49) is of its nature designed for singing and indeed for congregational singing.
282. The responsories following the readings in the office of readings by their very nature and function also call for their being sung. In the plan of the office, however, they are composed in such a way that they retain their power even in individual and private recitation. Responsories set to simpler melodies can be sung more frequently than those responsories drawn from the traditional liturgical books.
Sing the responsories, if you can; they’re designed, in part, for that usage.
283. The longer readings and the short readings are not of themselves designed for singing. When they are proclaimed, great care should be taken that the reading is dignified, clear, and distinct and that it is really audible and fully intelligible for all. The only acceptable melody for a reading is therefore one that best ensures the hearing of the words and the understanding of the text.
284. Texts that are said only by the person presiding, such as the concluding prayer, can be sung gracefully and appropriately, especially in Latin. This, however, will be more difficult in some languages, unless singing makes the texts more clearly audible for all.
That finishes it. Any last comments before we delve into the Rite of Penance?