40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass.

Lesson 3: Entrance Chant

The Rubrics specify: “When the people are gathered, the Priest approaches the altar with the ministers while the entrance Chant is sung.”

The “Entrance Chant” can be either a song which all are invited to sing, or the “Entrance Antiphon” which is typically a phrase from Sacred Scripture, or early Church writings, that all recite in unison.

The Song or Antiphon should be related to the message or theme of the day’s celebration. For instance, on Christmas morning the Entrance Antiphon is: “Let us all rejoice in the Lord, for our Savior has been born in the world. Today true peace has come down to us from heaven.”

The Entrance Song or Antiphon for the Mass can be found in your printed resource (Missallette, Magnificat, etc.)

When an Entrance Song is chosen, all are invited to make an effort to sing well and put their heart into it for “he who sings prays twice.”

The wise and experienced Music Director chooses music that is familiar to the people and thus encourages wide and enthusiastic participation. The effective Liturgical Musician understands that his/her role is to facilitate worship and reverence, without getting in the way of the pace of the celebration.

If the Entrance Chant is not sung, all should make a good effort to recite the Antiphon loudly, clearly, and distinctly.


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