Sacred music in the extraordinary Urbi et Orbi

Last Friday, Pope Francis delivered an extraordinary blessing Urbi et Orbi, and we saw this powerful image of the Supreme Pontiff ascending the sagrata, and leading the world in a meditation of the calming of the storm.

We heard the choir sing the Sub tuum præsídium when the Pope prayed in front the Salus Populi Romani, and the Adorámus te, Christe when he prayed in from the Crocifisso di San Marcello al Corso. During the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the choir sang the Tantum ergo and the Adóro te devóte.

And this shows us that even with social distancing, even with the plague raging around us, Holy Mother Church still decorates her liturgies according to her norms. The bells of the basilica pealed for the extraordinary blessing. The choir sang Gregorian chant, and did not play recorded music. The choir sang Gregorian chant inside the basilica, and not somewhere else noncontiguously remote that is separate from the consecrated edifice and its surrounding complex.

Ut in omnibus laudetur omnibus.

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