Mass of the Angels

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One of the best known Gregorian musical settings of the ordinary of the Mass is, without doubt, the eighth in the Vatican Edition, known as the “Mass of the Angels” (de Angelis).

This title of “Mass of the Angels” comes from the devotion, established in general use through the efforts of the Franciscans, of celebrating, on Monday, a Votive Mass in honor of the Holy Angels: for this Mass, was selected an ordinary, the one which has since been known as the “Mass of the Angels”. Therefore, we can suppose, with reason, that it was the Franciscan Order which gathered together, at that time, all the various pieces of which this Ordinary has been composed, since, approximately, the 16th century.

The “Missa de Angelis,” Analysis by A. Gastoue

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