John, Mark, and NPC, et als
All of your thoughts and links to our “rules” are wonderful. I have decided to accompany myself at the keyboard. As of now, my “rendition” sounds more like an expressive song than an organ supported chant. I still have 4 days to practice tho’.
We are a very small assembly, our seasonal choir has 9 members, and our “organ” is a Roland keyboard [a electronic stage piano with 64 voices and scads of electronic variations and effects possible. It has a handful of suitable voices for church] and about 100 families on our register. Our priest, who is a non-singing wonderful man, resides in the next county where the rectory is located adjacent to our larger shared priest church. We try our best to conform to the directions from Roma and the USCCB.
I am the newest one of 3 musicians, and the eldest, but a fairly new Catholic. Only one of us sings like an angel [not “moi”] and plays guitar on her Sundays, while I accompany her, or play for her every other Sunday. Our other musician is non-singing, playing the keyboard.
Again, my sincere thanks for your support, your quotes from sourced materials.
Oh, by the way … I have downloaded the optional sequence for Corpus Christi!
If our Fr. Louie agrees, I’m going to chant it, en anglais, of course, in two weeks. Our small, but mighty, choir will be singing as well: “Ave verum corpus” in Latin, with settings on the keyboard to emulate a string quartet as in the original by Mozart. We sang it for the first time on Holy Thursday and I saw a few tears on several cheeks, particularly our elder parishioners. It was beautiful!
I love a good challenge! :signofcross: to you all.