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The “anthrax in the envelope” was paragraph 32 of the 1967 Instruction. It says:
In some places there exists the lawful practice, occasionally confirmed by indult, of substituting other songs for the Introit, Offertory and Communion chants in the…
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What arrangement of the Mass chants emerges before the eyes of an unbiased reader of the Liturgical Constitution promulgated by the Second Vatican Council? If we disregard what happened after the Synod, and concentrate our attention upon the text of Sacrosanctum Concilium, this is the picture we get: The Mass is celebrated in most cases in Latin (Art.
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Before we begin to examine the possibilities in actual practice today, we shall summarize, as clearly as we can, what has been said thus far. What are the Proprium or “Proper” chants of the Roman liturgy?
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Latin churches (and similarly the Eastern churches, or the Jewish and Buddhist rites) had no “ecclesiastical” music. Ecclesiastical music was simply the liturgy itself performed by chant.
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How can the Church ask to be accepted in her teaching if she makes her liturgical action relativistic? How can she avoid creating the impression that if the liturgy and church music can be adapted to different tastes, then also matters of faith and morals could now be submitted to the opinion of individuals or to the different social and psychological requirements of our age?
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Large mixed choirs have been introduced into churches quite recently; in the beginning, however, the “professional” singer was the sole psalmist, and out of the group of psalmists was the schola formed at a later stage of development.