Permission status of the Palmer & Burgess Propers within the Roman Rite
  • CantorCole
    Posts: 47

    I am curious about the status of the Palmer & Burgess propers with regards to usage in the Roman Rite according to the Roman Missal. Are there any explicit instructions that address this topic (from a general perspective; I doubt there is anything addressing the specific translation/adaptation)?

    Thank you,
  • Marc Cerisier
    Posts: 523
    “Another suitable song” covers a lot of territory.
  • a_f_hawkins
    Posts: 3,411
    "another suitable song" was never unqualified, this is the current US version :
    ; (3) a chant from another collection of Psalms and antiphons, approved by the Conference of Bishops or the Diocesan Bishop, including Psalms arranged in responsorial or metrical forms; (4) another liturgical chant that is suited to the sacred action, the day, or the time of year, similarly approved by the Conference of Bishops or the Diocesan Bishop.

    And note that it is the text which requires approval, not the tune.
  • Liam
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    And the USCCB delegated that approval to respective bishops of the place of publication, which is contemplated by the "or the Diocesan Bishop" if you squint.
  • Chaswjd
    Posts: 264
    If there is a question, why not run it past your diocesan office of worship and get permission? I can’t see that there would be anything wrong with the texts.
  • trentonjconn
    Posts: 575
    This doesn't really answer your question and is more anecdotal, but I used them on Candlemas this year in an OF Mass at which several prelates were present and I didn't get yelled at. For what it's worth...
  • davido
    Posts: 898
    Why are we agonizing about these instructions over and over?

    If you have a priest open to tradition, use Palmer/Burgess. If you have a priest who is not open to tradition, use Dan Schutte songs.
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  • ServiamScores
    Posts: 2,780
    I've used them many times. They are just a literal old-english translation put to the original tunes. If anyone honestly thinks it's ok to sing half the schlepp that's in GIA and OCP hymnals (which are "approved") but that it's not self-evidently fine to sing the P/B propers, then I suppose there's little I can do to help them.
  • ServiamScores
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    And regarding approval, it's worth noting that technically, the translations that are in the Gregorian Missal aren't even "approved" even though it's the official book of traditional chants for use in the novus ordo of the roman rite.

    And don't forget that older, previously approved translations are grandfathered in.
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  • ServiamScores
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    The preface to the P/B says,
    In order that the texts of the English Hymnal may be provided for, the texts of the medieval Salisbury use are included, as well as those of the existing Roman use as reformed in 1570.