People singing at TLM

I was a couple of times at Traditional Latin Mass, but didn´t of course understand all the rubrics and customs there.
One of these is why people don´t sing the hymns during Holy Communion whilst they are allowed to sing at various other parts of Mass (Introit,Offertory, Second Gospel…). During Communion I could only hear some melodies played at organ but never singing the hymns?
Thanks for input

I love the quiet !!! :thumbsup:

I like it too. If Jesus really comes down from heaven during Holy Communion, I think it’s more appropriate for silence than singing. Silence speaks.

I have lately really been starting to appreciate Masses that are totally music-less. I find the quiet is much more inducive to the right frame of mind for me.

the Latin Masses I’ve attended either had a cantor singing the appropriate chants or at another parish the congregation sings the chants (the Gloria, Pater Noster, etc). While I generally dislike a number of the hymns used at the English Language Mass (pretty much everything Haugen and Haas wrote), I find myself drawn closer to God during the chants or some of the more traditional hymns

I think this thread shows we’ve all had different experiences with the traditional Mass. Mine, for instance, has been that at low Mass there is no music during communion, but at a sung Mass the cantor sings the Communion chant and then the choir sings hymns (I can only recall Latin hymns) for the remainder of the time.

what about Panis Angelicus. Would that be a song that could be sung at communion? I have no idea since I don’t remember ever going to a Latin mass

Panis angelicus - ‘Bread of angels’. Very few songs would be more appropriate.

cool, I didn’t know that some Tridentine masses had silence during communion, yet I haven’t had a chance to go to a Tridentine Mass yet either!

At the TLM I attend sometimes, they sing a communion hymn(there are four options). Adoro Te is one of them, O sanctissima is one, and Salve regina and Ave Verum may be the other two.

I have never really thought about it but thinking back I think I remember that the congregation generally does not sing with the choir during the communion hymn. I think that people don’t sing the hymns during the Holy Eucharist is because they are trying to focus more on an inner aspect of the relationship with Christ.

Thanks for your input…
There are also other rubrics in TLM which I don´t understand so far… But maybe fot another threads

Any hymns during the Tridentine Mass must be sung in Latin, which limits the repertoire. Processionals and recessionals, not being part of the Mass itself, may be in the vernacular.

Congregational or choral hymns? Congregational - limited repertoire. Choral - wide Latin repertoire.

Plus, is this something new? I was a child pre-VII and most congregational hymns were in English including that ever popular “Humbly we adore thee” (Adoro te devote) sung during Communion almost every Sunday.

Congregational or choral hymns? Congregational - limited repertoire. Choral - wide Latin repertoire.

Plus, is this something new? I was a child pre-VII and most congregational hymns were in English including that ever popular “Humbly we adore thee” (Adoro te devote) sung during Communion almost every Sunday.

Not sure I understand the first part, but as for the latter, nothing new here. At Low Mass vernacular hymns were customary, but never at High Mass, regardless of who was doing the singing.

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