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singing the Lord's Prayer at Mass QUESTION from Joan Dent February 1, 2001 Is it proper to sing the Lord's Prayer at Mass every Sunday? About 10 years ago a visiting priest told me it should be sung only on special Sundays. I am an organist and our choir (of about 15 adults and chilren) found an Our Father by Steve Croskey that we all would like to sing every Sunday. My Church is a small country church on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and in the Diocese of Wilmington. Thank you for any advice you can give me.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on February 10, 2001 Dear Mrs. Dent:
I am not aware of any provision that says that the Lord's Prayer is only to be sung on special Sundays. Sundays are already of solumnity ranking as a Holy Day. There is no higher rank.
The Church has always maintained that the Gregorian Chant be given preference in the Mass, and the organ, as the accompanying instrument.
Please note that I am only filling in as the Host of the Liturgical Law forum and have not studied this as thorough as I might, but do not believe there is anything wrong with singing the Our Father every Sunday. In fact, I personally prefer it.
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