I noticed a growing thread on PrayTell: The Spirituality of Singing During Communion. My new parish sings well during Communion, and I sense there’s a mature Eucharistic spirituality in place.
One of the few laudable developments to emerge in the post-Redemptionis Sacramentum Church is the opportunity to sing a good amount as the priest and Communion ministers receive and prepare for the procession of the assembly.
My own pastoral practice is to program an antiphonal piece, and very frequently, the singing continues well into the procession. Quite often, I program “can’t resist” favorites, and people sing a bit more.
My personal preference is to simply announce the song. I don’t ask people to sing. But I find that in my last several parishes, they do.
If I joined a parish where there was no singing during Communion, I think that the post-Communion hymn or song of praise would become a fairly regular feature. Receiving the Eucharist and encountering the Lord Jesus in the sacrament led to New Testament believers who were barely able to contain themselves. As long as the modern sacramental celebrations inspire similar hearts afire, the people can sing lustily, selectively, or barely. It’s all good.