|Question Title||Posted By||Question Date|
|Mass Settings and Word Changes||Cody||Saturday, September 14, 2013|
When someone is composing a Mass setting are they allowed to add words to fit the music? If such a thing happened, would a bishop be able to licitly approve it?
|Question Answered by Mr. Jacob Slavek
Words cannot be CHANGED at all to fit the music... this means that words cannot be added that are not ALREADY THERE.
This does *not* mean that words cannot be repeated to fit the music. We see words and phrases repeated quite often, and this has all been approved since it adds beauty to the music and helps emphasize certain key ideas in the texts.
So basically no words can be added that are not already there, and no words may be OMITTED at all. Also, the words cannot be repeated or rearranged in such a way that the meaning is changed.
Finally yes the bishops may licitly approve musical arrangements, as long as the text of the prayers is unchanged. If there are any words that are added that are not in the original text, or if any words are omitted, or if the meaning of any phrase is changed, then the bishops cannot approve it without first submitting the work to Rome.
Footer Notes: (a) A Eucharistic Minister is clergy (Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion). Laity are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and should never be called Eucharistic Ministers.
(b) There is no such Mass called the Novus Ordo. The Current Mass is the Roman Missal of 2000, or the Oridinary Form of the Mass. The Tridentine Mass is the Roman Missal of 1962, or the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Please refrain from using the term, Novus Ordo. Thanks.
(c) The titles of Acolyte and Lector belong exclusively to the Installed Offices of Acolyte and Lector, who are men (only) appointed by the Bishop. These roles performed by others are Altar Servers and Readers, respectively.