[quote="Elizium23, post:1, topic:343665"]
..........the post-Communion chant is to be sung by all the assembly together with the choir, while the Communion chant preceding it may be sung without the people.
So why does everyone have this reversed? How could such a misunderstanding become entrenched in parishes if it is not part of any Church document? Is it an idea proposed by some large music publishing house? Is it merely oral tradition among choir directors? When did it start? The same time as everything else?
[quote="Elizium23, post:7, topic:343665"]
GIRM Chapter II: The Structure Of The Mass, Its Elements, And Its Parts 87. In the Dioceses of the United States of America, there are four options for singing at Communion: (1) the antiphon from the Missal or the antiphon with its Psalm from the Graduale Romanum, as set to music there or in another musical setting; (2) the antiphon with Psalm from the Graduale Simplex of the liturgical time; (3) a chant from another collection of Psalms and antiphons, approved by the Conference of Bishops or the Diocesan Bishop, including Psalms arranged in responsorial or metrical forms; (4) some other suitable liturgical chant (cf. no. 86) approved by the Conference of Bishops or the Diocesan Bishop. This is sung either by the choir alone or by the choir or a cantor with the people.
However, if there is no singing, the antiphon given in the Missal may be recited either by the faithful, or by some of them, or by a reader; otherwise, it is recited by the Priest himself after he has received Communion and before he distributes Communion to the faithful.
- When the distribution of Communion is over, if appropriate, the Priest and faithful pray quietly for some time. If desired, a Psalm or other canticle of praise or a hymn may also be sung by the whole congregation
This is just my take. I am in no way an expert in the GIRM but from the way I take it, the words either and may (underlining above mine) doesn't say we have to sing at that time. It seems to me it is your wording that says we are to sing at that time. (again underlining again mine.) That doesn't always work if you don't know the words to the chant and are walking down the isle to communion or you have certain prayers you always say after communion. Also, if it is a song you have difficulty singing (those of us who struggle with singing and cause people to turn around and look at you. :) )
Maybe I am misunderstanding what you are saying but it seems like it is giving options of what could be done. :shrug: