"We had the Gloria this morning. We weren't supposed to.."
The Gloria in sung or recited throughout Lent in the Book of Common Prayer, which remains the principal service book (in the eyes of the law if not the clergy) of the Church of England, for therein is to be found all the theology.
It's my understanding that the Gloria (sung or recited) is dropped in favour of the Kyrie during Lent and Advent.
Although I could be wrong.
I wonder if Barry is referring to the Gloria at the end of canticles and psalms as opposed to the Gloria in the mass, which you have in mind.
Pity about the no reeds in lent rule as Heinlein (40 days and 40 nights) sound so good with the oboes on the swell with the box shut. I suppose you can get away using a diapason chorus on the great for the major key sections of (St Andrew of Crete) but its so refreshing to bring the heavy artillary in for the last verse.
What is this rule about 'no reeds in Lent' please?
I cannot find this in the Church of England Canons. Also, those of the 'high church' persuasion accept that Sundays in Lent are excluded. Or am I missing something? Perhaps it is a local practice. Does it included Oboes and soft Horns as well as Trumpets?
I'm aware that some organists follow the 'tradition' as opposed to the 'rule' of no reeds in Lent. I certainly use less reeds than I otherwise would.
Yes, indeed Sundays are excluded from the 40 days of Lent. But I think it's important that the music and the liturgy in Lent take on more of a reflective mood in preparation for the great festival of Easter.