If you’ve been preparing liturgy or music for a while, the details of the Christmas Day liturgies and the Christmas season may seem pretty familiar or even rote. If you feel this way, reviewing the basics of this season can help you renew your wonder and ensure that you’re on the right track with your preparations. Here are some key points.
On Christmas Day and throughout the season, the Gloria should be sung and not recited. Use familiar Christmas music and Mass settings throughout to unify the entire season.Reviewing the basics of liturgical music for this season can help you renew your wonder and ensure that you’re on the right track with your preparations. Here are some key points. Click To Tweet
The normal liturgical color for Christmas is white, but the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 346, allows other colors, especially gold or silver, on more solemn or festive days. These colors can help connect the seasons of Christmas and Easter, the two most important times of the liturgical year. (Remember that Christmas is a season that stretches to the end of the Baptism of the Lord, January 12, 2020.)
Pay more attention to the “Word made flesh” in how you reverence the Book of the Gospels and treat other books containing the Scriptures.
from Living Liturgy: Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities, 2020, Liturgical Press, Copyright © 2019, Order of Saint Benedict. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
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