your columns, why is the responsibility for the lack of congregational singing in parish churches so often laid at the door of an unwilling congregation? If the pastor does not Iced in this direction how can the sheep follow?
There is st parish in this diocese where a form of vespers (i.e. antiphons and psalms) has been sung in English every Sunday evening for thirty of forty years, the choir singing antiphons. and verses of the psalms alternately with the altar and the congregation. This singing has been carried out with fervour. and even people have been known to come from other parishes to join in. Yet within a few months of a change of parish priest it has been removed from the Sunday evening service and replaced by the Rosary. (I touch in passing upon the point that this Rosary is gabbled rather than said, to the despair of converts. who " can't keep up," and would-be converts, whose ears are assailed by a meaningless babble.) Thus, what has at least approximated to the liturgical vespers is replaced by what I understood to be (perhaps wrongly?) primarily a private devotion, and this by no means because the congregation is either unable or unwilling to sing.
EsMERALOA Droecesi Poerus MAGNI. PRONUNCIATION