Dating the Mass Proper I

James Mckinnon

in The Advent Project

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221987
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924338 | DOI:
Dating the Mass Proper I

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The earlier-eighth-century Roman repertory as it is adopted in Frankish manuscripts was the earliest, dated to about 800. The two repertories and their liturgical assignments (Roman and Frankish) are virtually identical, but it is the exceptions that are the most revealing. The Lenten Thursdays in any event are established as liturgical in about 720 and consequently require Mass Propers. They borrow these from previously existing chants, the consensus among liturgical and musical historians. The Lenten six are obvious additions to a previously arranged series and fill in gaps in the numerical series of twenty-six psalmic communions that extends from Ash Wednesday to the Friday before Palm Sunday. The Advent–Christmas season has a special place in the Roman Mass Proper, and its chants display a level of compositional planning and a perfection of execution not met with elsewhere in the annual cycle. The Advent–Christmas communions fall into two distinct groups that include the ten chants of Advent and Christmas day, and the nine post-Christmas chants.

Keywords: Roman repertory; Frankish manuscripts; Lenten Thursdays; Mass Propers; Advent–Christmas season

Chapter.  11736 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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