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RE: High Mass/Low Mass for Brad
Question from Han Ng on 8/9/2004:

Mr. Donovan,

Just to elaborate on your answer to Brad about Low Mass = spoken, High Mass = sung, "sung" and "spoken" refer to the way in which the *priest* recites *his* parts (the collects, the preface, the "dominus vobiscum" and what not) in addition to the choir's singing of the Ordinary. There were additional differences, such as incense, deacons, postures for the laos and what not. Low Mass was really a stripped down version of High Mass in which the priest took over the parts of the deacon, subdeacon and choir (and if need be, even the altar servers), left the incense in the sacristry, and did not sing. Low Mass developed along with the Latin practice of having every priest say his own Mass daily (and concelebration died out), since under such circumstances, there were not enough deacons, choirs, &c. to go around.

Answer by Colin B. Donovan, STL on 8/11/2004:

Thank you. I was giving the essential feature, sung versus not-sung, applicable even today to the current rite, well aware of the other characteristics, for the most part not applicable to the current rite. The full distinction is, of course, valid in Indult Tridentine Masses.

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