Today we visited a nearby parish after I had remembered the time wrong for our own parish (we rarely attend on Saturdays).
I don’t recall having encountered this before.
During the Gospel being read by the priest, the piano began playing in the background for parts of it, as ‘accompaniment’, then during a pause, we were to sing something about the ‘living water’. Then the priest would resume reading. Again, more pausing for song, in the middle of the Gospel.
It was also a ‘different’ version of the Gospel than either of the 2 recommended versions (the short and longer) ones. I remember one time hearing that more than 2 options were given, but most priests used one of the 2 options given in most missals.
Is the singing common during this weekend’s (or any other) Gospel reading? I just don’t recall it happening before (we were away from the Church for awhile), during this reading or any other.
This is a parish we had been members of at one time, but left due to the true liturgical abuses and no one doing anything about them.(Don’t even ask or get me started.) We went today because I was thinking, it’s nearby, and it had to be better than it used to be. It was, as far as I could tell, for the most part. I might be being sensitive to the differences in this Mass, as opposed to the ones at my parish, or even other nearby parishes (all are NO/Ordinary Form). There are still some of them going on, but I just kept my head down, especially during the time when Father was distributing the Eucharist to the EHMCs…that was a sore spot for me before. I however did not miss seeing the priest holding hands with the altar servers during the Lord’s Prayer, while all standing at the altar. Sigh.