Thank you for being patient with the lack of posts. It has not been a boring summer around these parts.
So you may have read a reply from last Friday from Fr. P concerning how his parish handles music during Communion which appears to me to closer in keeping with actual Vatican II documents and the Tradition of the Church rather than what has just seemed to happen recently. After Communion is over there may be time to decompress. The first option is to sit quietly and reflect on all that has happened (and a lot happened) and to give thanks. The next option is to sing one of the following:
3) Other hymn of praise
And it is recommended that this be done by the whole congregation.
If we were to take first options then it would look like this:
During Communion the choir sings, which, in this humble bloggers opinion make a lot of sense. As a priest I cannot participate because I am doing and saying too much as are the extraordinary ministers of holy communion. Ushers are ushering, people are getting up and processing and receiving Communion - and if they want to receive in the hand they should not have a hymnal in their hands or clutched under their armpit. When everyone is done, if we don't just sit quietly, then that is a time to fumble for hymnals and page numbers and sing.
What happens in a typical parish is exactly the opposite.