At the NPM convention planning meeting in Louisville on Tuesday of this week, there was lots of conversation around the issue of the sung dialogues at Mass. As you may know, the General Instruction on the Roman Missal, as well as Sing to the Lord stress the importance of singing the dialogues: "The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.", etc. Many musicians wondered how they might coax their priests and deacons into singing the dialogues. They also mused about how successful they could be with parish lectors who would be asked to sing "The word of the Lord" at the end of the readings. Recently, in my own parish, we had a newly ordained deacon serving at Sunday Mass. He's a Benedictine Monk from Glenstal Abbey in Ireland. Granted, he happens to have a degree focused in Gregorian Chant, but he did sing the greeting before the Gospel, as well as the "The Gospel of the Lord" at the conclusion of the Gospel. While we had never seen or heard this done in our parish before, we all responded quite well. It, in a word, made the moments more sacred. How I would love to see our lectors begin to do this at the end of the readings.
I would love to hear your thoughts about this and how you would approach the issues of the sung dialogues pastorally. Why? Because we gotta sing and we gotta pray, of course!