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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:37 am 
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Does the congregation have to sing a hymn during the procession to receive the Eucharist? Our music director is complaining about us not singing while she is playing. Can a cantor sing the hymn while the congregation is going forward?

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AFAIK, a hymn during the Communion procession is not necessary at all, really, and the congregation's participation is certainly optional.

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Have you checked the GIRM? That's always the first place to go with questions like this.

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GIRM wrote:
87. In the dioceses of the United States of America there are four options for the Communion chant: (1) the antiphon from the Roman Missal or the Psalm from the Roman Gradual as set to music there or in another musical setting; (2) the seasonal antiphon and Psalm of the Simple Gradual; (3) a song from another collection of psalms and antiphons, approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops or the Diocesan Bishop, including psalms arranged in responsorial or metrical forms; (4) a suitable liturgical song chosen in accordance with no. 86 above. This is sung either by the choir alone or by the choir or cantor with the people.

If there is no singing, however, the Communion antiphon found in the Missal may be recited either by the faithful, or by some of them, or by a lector. Otherwise the priest himself says it after he has received Communion and before he distributes Communion to the faithful.


Good call, Obi-Wan. I need to get me a copy of the GIRM. They don't give them out to little college seminarians like myself. ::):

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