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Low mass / said services
« on: May 23, 2017, 08:36:44 AM »
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware in The Orthodox Church declares the relative lack of these services in Eastern Orthodoxy, and the same is true of the Oriental rites as far as I know.

However, do any Western Rite Orthodox carry on the Catholic and Anglican tradition of the "low mass" or the "Said service"?   Basically Mattins, Evensong or the Eucharist read aloud from the BCP with no music.

Latin Rite low masses traditionally were not even read aloud, but were mostly silent aside from a few portions (the words of institution, Sacring Bells, and so on).   The exception was in France, where it was customary for the organ to be played during the mass.
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Re: Low mass / said services
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2017, 01:13:32 PM »
  Our WR parish has closed now, but back then, any weekday liturgy was a Low Mass unless it was to
celebrate one of the principal feast days of the church year. The Sunday Liturgy was always a High Mass,
except in July or August when the Organist took her vacation, so the Cantors and Congregation would join
with the Priest to celebrate a Low Mass. And it was always a blessing when a Priest from another
jurisdiction, recieved permission from his Metropolitan to join us and serve as the Deacon, one of the
three sacred ministers, at a Solemn High Mass for Pasha (Easter).

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Re: Low mass / said services
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2017, 02:29:26 PM »
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware in The Orthodox Church declares the relative lack of these services in Eastern Orthodoxy, and the same is true of the Oriental rites as far as I know.

However, do any Western Rite Orthodox carry on the Catholic and Anglican tradition of the "low mass" or the "Said service"?   Basically Mattins, Evensong or the Eucharist read aloud from the BCP with no music.

This is true in theory in the EO ER, but in some missions with relative lack of access to music or talented musicians/chanters, you have services that are functionally "low" as per the definition you've given here.
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Re: Low mass / said services
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 09:33:16 PM »
What's wrong with the Low Mass, theoretically speaking. Just that it's abbreviated?
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Re: Low mass / said services
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2018, 09:50:14 PM »
Yes, my parish does a Low Mass on weekday services. Solemn High Mass on Sundays.

There is nothing wrong with them.

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Re: Low mass / said services
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 12:11:35 PM »
Yes, my parish does a Low Mass on weekday services. Solemn High Mass on Sundays.

There is nothing wrong with them.

What is the difference between a High Mass and a Solemn High Mass?