Any music directors or others who could give me an opinion, please?
I’m the music director for a large hispanic community. The current hispanic priest likes to bend the rubrics of the Mass quite a bit and in some cases it is very disturbing.
For Christmas Eve Mass, he has requested that I substitute the Spanish version of “Angels We Have Heard On High” for the Gloria. I told him politely that the song is a hymn and not a proper Gloria, and suggested that I do have a Gloria which contains the words “In Excelsis Deo” if he wanted those specific words, but he just walked away (this was 5 minutes before Mass lastnight).
I’m thinking of disobeying him and just having the choir sing the Gloria I had previously scheduled for Christmas Eve. I have put “Angels We Have Heard” elsewhere in the Mass, so if he likes that song and wants to hear it, he will.
Any thoughts on whether or not I should disobey him? I don’t want to disrespect the priest but I cannot see blatantly disrespecting the sanctity of the Mass by refusing to follow the GIRM which says of the Gloria, “The text of this hymn may not be replaced by any other text.” (GIRM 53) And I’m not sure he has the right to force me to change the rubrics of the Mass, either.