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2679: Prince of Peace Abbey, Oceanside, California, USA

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April 29, 2014

Regarding the singing of the Passion gospel:

We have always had three of the monks (the abbot as Christ, a monk as narrator, and a third for the other parts) chant the Passion gospel, without the congregation "singing along." After all, even though sung, it is a liturgical reading for the congregation to listen to, not for them to join in proclaiming aloud. Therefore, we have never supplied the congregation with printed music for singing along during the gospel.

We were taken aback this year that for the first time in our history a few persons in the congregation attempted to join in singing the gospel, making up their own melodies and thereby throwing off the monk who was to sing those parts.

Revd Stephanos Pedrano

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