In recent years, I have observed that there tends to be a lot more singing during Mass, especially during Sunday Mass.
Allow me to go back a bit in history. If my memory still serves me, when I was a young boy (I am now in my late 50s), we only sang during the opening hymn, Communion song and the closing song.

Over the years, we added a few more singing parts during Mass i.e. Gloria, Responsorial Psalm, Gospel Acclamation, Hosanna, Our Lord’s Prayer, Breaking of Bread (Lamb of God).

In more recent years, I noticed that we continued to add singing parts.

Over the past year, I attended Masses in various churches. The priest now sings the Opening Prayer, parts of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Concluding Rite.

I am not saying that we cannot have any singing during Mass but I do think we have too much singing.

When we sing a prayer, the tendency is that we focus on the music but not the lyrics. When this happens, the
meaningfulness of the prayer is lost.

Also, with due respect to the priests, when they sing, for example, parts of the Eucharistic celebration, it is very difficult to comprehend or absorb the prayer.

I guess the singing is to make the Mass livelier but having too much singing makes it difficult for us to engage in meaningful prayer.

Eugene Tan

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