Bara Brith launches off from an Introit question

The Blessed John Henry Newman Institute of Liturgical Music had their conference last weekend and a jolly good conference was too by all reports. You can read one report at Bara Brith and another at St Mary Magdalen Choir, Brighton.

Apparently one of the speakers asked "When did you last hear an introit?" At most Liturgical music days you could expect a proportion of the audience to ask "What is an introit?" At the JHNILM day  there was a less common response with several of the audience mouthing to each other "last Sunday." At Blackfen, I'm proud to say, you could hear two sung introits on any given Sunday, one at the English sung Mass and one at the usus antiquior. We start the Mass as we mean to go on.

Bara Brith has launched from this question into a heartfelt and strongly expressed article (I did not say rant) on the whole question of hymns and actually singing the texts of the Mass. Most enjoyable.

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