[quote="TrueLight, post:4, topic:255321"]
Of course, if you don't know them you don't have to sing the hymns.
However this illustrates one point as to why Catholics don't sing. Why do some parishes not even indicate the number of the hymn.
For someone like me, who never heard of hymns such as Salve Regina, how am I supposed to sing what most people know by heart?
Lucky for me, I know how to flip through the index from my Protestant days. :D
Heck, some parishes, like the one where I grew up, don't even have hymnals. They switch hymns every Sunday so, unless they happen to hit a hymn that you've learned to sing somewhere else, you're out of luck. Plus, unless you have an amazing voice that people will talk about after Mass, people glare at you if you sing, they want to listen to the choir.