The Missal assumes that any number of the parts of the Mass can and should be chanted or sung. The priest can chant the opening of the Mass (the sign of the cross) and the opening prayer. Priest and people together can chant the various dialogues of the Mass, such as, “The Lord be with you. And with your spirit,” or the dialogue before the Preface. Chanting these dialogues helps us recognize that we are not simply exchanging pleasantries as we might on the street. We are participating in sacred worship.
– Archbishop George Lucas
Catholic Voice, January 21, 2011
In the preparation for the implementation of the Roman Missal, Archbishop Lucas encouraged the Archdiocese of Omaha to sing the Mass. That is, to elevate the prayers and dialogues of the Mass by chanting them rather than speaking them. Leading up to Advent, 2011, workshops were organized throughout the archdiocese to assist both clergy and musicians in learning the simple chants of the third edition of the Roman Missal.