Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dubious Words to Dubious Melodies in Liturigcal Musical Kitsch

Pietistic music before the Second Vatican Council was often soft, sappy and dripping with sentimentality. Post Vatican II new music is often the same, but with highly questionable lyrics which often exalt humankind and leave the Glorification of the Most Holy Trinity hidden in the soupyness of the modern kitsch. This is a parody I found on "Gather Us In":

"Straight from the pages of Facebook and a group called SLAP (Survivors of Liturgical Abuse in Parishes)"

Gather Us In [...to the tune of, that is!]

Here in this place, our comfortable parish,
All of the statues carried away,
See in each face a vacuous visage,
Brought here by guilt or by R.C.I.A.

Gather us in, by Beemer or Hummer,
Gather us in, so we can feel good,
Come to us now in this barren Zen temple,
With only a shrub and an altar of wood.

We are the young, our morals a mystery,
We are the old, who couldn’t care less,
We have been warned throughout all of history,
But we enjoy this liturgical mess.

Gather us in, our radical pastor,
Gather us in, our unveiled nun,
Call to us now, with guitars and bongos,
Hang up your cellphones and join in the fun!

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