I am a “commentator” at one of our Masses where there is no choir.
Recently we have had the music always prepared by a parish assistant and set up to play from a CD.
This works very well, in principle, and the congregation seem to appreciate that this provides an opportunity to sing where otherwise there would be none.
When to start the communion song? There seem to be three places: when the priest starts to receive communion; when he starts to distribute communion to the EMHC’s; or when the starts to distribute to the congregation.
I have some objections to the regularly selected music. It is strongly oriented to recent and unfamiliar “songs”, performed by an individual singer, rather than familiar “hymns” (or even “Eagles Wings” style music). Particular objections I have are that the communion song is never Eucharistic, and the opening hymn is often slow and reflective, and more of a modern “song” than a hymn.
I prefer a Eucharist communion hymn.
I prefer a joyful and familiar opening hymn.
I am interested in any information about whether my “preferences” have objective support in guidelines for liturgical music. Are my preferences important enough to make an issue with the person who prepares the CD? I am happy to make the CD myself, with my own choices of hymn.
(I want to avoid to taking this to the priest, in the first instance, and will only involve him if I am unable to sort it out with the other person, and if I feel that there is an objective case here, rather than my preferences.)