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In the reading of Exposition of the Ancient Gallican Liturgy St Germanus explains the Gallican Mass One main idea that is clear is during the liturgy music is used at certain points and that the music has certain meanings and structures The Gallican Mass is made up of different sections There are two main sections Fore-mass and the Eucharist The Fore-mass is broken down into the Preface Kyrie and Gloria Readings Silence the Aius Prophecy the Prophet and the Apostle the Hymn Gospel The Eucharist consists of the Homilies Prayer Catechumens Sonum Lords Prayer and the Blessing In this paper only the Fore-mass will be discussed with example of music structure The description from the Exposition of the Ancient Gallican Liturgy mainly is a description of a mass service which would have place during the eight century AD Just to give a quick history of the meaning of liturgy The word liturgy comes from the Greek word leitourgia which means public work This is so because the liturgy is perceived to be when a group of people gather around an altar and prepare for the sacrifice of the Lamb of God For such an event to take place there would be need for a very structured ritual Hence we have a liturgy The Gallican mass began by a Preference The basic introduction began by opening with a hymn of the Lords death p 165 The meaning toward the song is about the Lords death This song may be used to help the congregation in preserving life and eternal peace as well as rooting out evil The sung portion of the introduction has two chanting styles Using the example on page 8 in the NAWM the first way is used to sing the psalm The melody has basically the same pitch Style two has more notes which mean its the antiphon or the music that precedes the psalm The Readings follow the Preference but first
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