Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Beautiful Example of Hymnody in the Roman Rite of Mass

Palm Sunday features one of the few times when what is called a hymn is an embedded part of the ritual of Mass. The hymn is "Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit." Ironically, in most American parishes, this is replaced by "All Glory, Laud, and Honor." So entrenched is the vernacular hymn mania in the United States that not even the hymns in the ritual itself are used but instead are replaced by inferior substitutes. This is very sad. On the other hand, this is inspiring: