UPDATED!!!!At the bottom is visual art which describes what I am writing and here is auditory art doing the same!
Now, I haven't heard this in decades,but it was a staple in parish Masses I attended in the 60's, 70's and yes, 80's--how does this "corrupt"our understanding of Holy Mass when we sing this genre of stuff? AND CHECK OUT THE OTHER OLDIES BUT RUSTED GOLDIES AT THE END OF THIS VIDEO--IT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO HAVE DEMENTIA WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT WE ACTUALLY SANG THIS STUFF AT MASS AND SOME PEOPLE KEEP THE GENRE ALIVE TO THIS DAY! O TO BE ALIVE!
And how about this "Gloria" (which actually uses the 1966 English translation that is very much like our 2012 translation:
And this glorious piece from England captures the sentiments of the Mass in a way the above piece actually mocks (although unknowingly):
And this "contemporary but in keeping with Catholic spirituality" revised "Community Mass" by Richard Proulx--splendid!!!!:
When we celebrate the Holy Mass, we are celebrating a most "somber and sober" event, the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, known as the Paschal Mystery or the Redemption.
We are happy because of Easter Sunday, but we know that Easter Sunday is preceded by so much that is sad, namely Jesus' rejection, suffering, death and burial.
The style of celebrating the Paschal Mystery at Mass can affect how we understand the Paschal Mystery and its sober, solemn and somber nature although there is joy in the Resurrection. But Jesus still suffers and dies for us in an "eternal way" always captured "in the here and now" through the sacramental experience of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Until the Bridegroom returns at the end of time to make complete the Paschal Mystery, there will always need to be a solemn, reserved, sober and somber attitude about the Mass and precisely what it is we are remembering during the Mass.
Charismatic,and contemporary music be it folk or other types of happy, peppy liturgical hype, depict this kind of piety that is not complimentary to what Jesus actually does for us in His Paschal Mystery which in my opinion has led to the diminution of our appreciation of what exactly we are remembering in an "unbloody way" at every Mass. It is "feel good, energizing music" but misses the mark on so many levels:
More solemn expressions of the Mass with music that is more in keeping with the following two images of CHRIST THE BRIDEGROOM, one from Latin Rite art and the other from Orthodox Iconography captures better what it is we are actually celebrating at Mass and our response to it during Mass. I find the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and its "ethos" as well as more traditional chant like music used for the Ordinary Form of the Mass better enable assemblies to be more sober, somber and solemn in "celebrating" the Sacrifice of Jesus albeit in an "unbloody" way than more happy, peppy genres of celebrating the Mass do. Just my opinion, what do you think?