Friday, January 11, 2013
DO I LOOK LIKE THE CAT THAT SWALLOWED THE CANARY?
The Mass was sung in its entirety from start to finish and even the Epistle was chanted by a CMAA member and then in place of the Responsorial Psalm, the Gradual was chanted and how splendid to meditate upon it as it was. And then the Gospel was chanted flawlessly in simple tone by me and in front of these professional chanters! That takes nerves of steel!
It was a hybrid of Latin and English, Scriptures in English, homily in English, although I was tempted to give an extemporaneous Latin one! :)
The Liturgy of the Eucharist was ad orientem, but the Introductory Rite and the Concluding Rite were at the Celebrant's Chair.
We videoed it and it will take about a week to get it digitized and placed on my blog and I'm sure on the Chant Cafe Blog.
Others took photos during the Mass and as soon as I get them I'll post them.
We had a local television station videoing some of it and if they post it on their website I'll get it to mine.
It was absolutely splendid. We had about 300 people present with many driving down from Atlanta! We had our own parish school kids as well as Mt. de Sales Academy Middle School and High School kids.
I was in muted spiritual ecstasy thanks to Gregorian Chant. If we could only do it this way each and every Sunday at our principle Mass and if this was the way we celebrated the revised Tridentine Mass for the last 50 years, I think we'd still have 70 to 80% of Catholics attending Mass.
There is absolutely no way to say the the Reformed Mass has been well received when nearly 80 to 85% of Catholics absent themselves from it every Sunday.It could have been well received if celebrated as we did today not the banal, folksy way it has been done with folk music, contemporary music and now the worship and praise genre which prepares our kids for the non-denominational Protestant sects!
For those 20 to 30% who do attend, what is it they like and do they like the right stuff or the vapidity of bar room sounds or Broadway ditties that set sacred words to secular music that is foreign to the best of our Catholic tradition and with a rock concert type of "Rocky Mountain High" being sought based not on depth of character of the music and words, but a narcotic-like stimuli?
Do they like the spiked Kool Aid of contemporary sounds that jar the spirit rather than lift it to God in a meditative, contemplative way? Just wondering?
Perhaps when advertising properly sung Mass, the following logo should be used: