My beloved wife joined me for daily Mass today. It has been a blessing to return to regular daily Mass attendance in my new parish. Having a noon Mass is a convenience for a parent like me, compared to 6:15 AM (missing family breakfast time, such as it is) or 8:15 AM (on the heels of school drop-off).
One nice aspect (among many) this Mass is the regular singing of the Eucharistic Acclamations, the alleluia, and music to start and end the Mass. Especially the interior parts led by the priests’ chanting. One day the pastor asked me to be the psalmist. A few got a bit nervous when I chanted psalmody at the last parish. It fits well here. Maybe it should be our new frontier.
As I was at Mass today, it struck me that one way to make the new Roman Missal succeed is to complement the subtraction of known texts with the addition of singing.
My suggestion of the day for implementing the new RM is to sing the new acclamations every Mass, every day. While we’re at it, we might add the gospel acclamation and the Agnus Dei. The new Roman Missal does indeed give us an opportunity, and we owe it to our dismayed and startled parishioners to kick up the liturgy in positive and fruitful ways.
These new Mass parts will be more easily and readily learned if they are learned with song. The recitation value of these parts is pretty low anyway.
Every priest and liturgist should make it a priority to encourage the singing of every Mass. The great advantage of post-conciliar liturgy is that it did away with the artificial construct of High Mass and Low Mass. Every Mass should aspire to be High. Mainstream Catholicism has a huge advantage over Tridentine parishes and communities: we can actually maximize the artistry of every Mass we celebrate. We should take advantage of this opportunity to aim for the highest earthly quality so that heaven is more accessible through the liturgy we pray.