I know I have this spelled wrong, but I attended Mass today while I was out of town in another diocese, and the priest, while elevating the host after saying the words of consecration, said ‘and then He (meaning Jesus) sang this…’ and went on to sing what sounded like a Jewish song. He did the same thing as he elevated the Precious Blood. After Mass I asked him what it was he sung, and he said it was the ‘Ha-lelle’ (I’m sorry - I know this can’t be spelled right but hopefully someone will know what I"m talking about) which was sung during the Jewish Sadar (probably spelled wrong also…I’m sorry) meal. I was pretty sure this wasn’t allowed and don’t have much confidence (or enough knowledge of the GIRM yet) so I tried to be diplomatic and said ‘I’ve never heard that sung before, is this a change that just took affect’? At that time he smiled and said, ‘well, it sounds like you need to visit our church more often to get exposed to these things!’. He then walked away without giving me a chance to respond.
Has anyone ever heard of this before? Is this allowed? This diocese just got a new Bishopn earlier this year (Bishop Braxton), so I don’t know if this was something allowed by him (anyone know anything about him?) or if this priest is doing it on his own.