Tuesday, September 3, 2013
LEST WE FORGET, THE MASS IS AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD WHICH GOD MAKES POSSIBLE, NOT US
Many of us are analytical with minds that tend toward critique. While this can be helpful in many of the sciences, it can become sacrileges when it comes to the Mass and its various forms of celebration.
We all have our tastes too. Some people prefer Mass without music and even when the EF Mass was the only Mass, these faithful Catholics preferred the Low Mass over what they thought was the highfaluting Solemn High Mass.
As since the Church has a diverse cache of liturgical music for the Mass, EF or OF, there are bound to be taste issues.
With the advent of the OF Mass, this phenomenon multiplied especially with all the different kinds of languages for the Mass and the cultural tastes of different language groups for liturgical music and hymns.
Now we have Catholics who either love or hate the use of lay readers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and females serving as altar servers, lectors or EMCs.
But of course all these things are allowed in the OF Mass as well as a variety of ways, many more varieties compared to the EF Mass which basically had three styles of Mass, Low, High, and Solemn High. Although if a parish had the resources, it could sing a concert Mass regularly, which even two centuries ago popes condemned the use of concert Masses at during an actual Mass, like Haydon, Schubert and their contemporaries wrote. These Mass settings were set to secular melodies like so much of contemporary music sung at Mass today, sacred words set to secular melodies or genres.
I'm not saying we shouldn't criticize true aberrations or abuses in the liturgy. But there are many things that are codified or allowed for the Mass today that may go against tastes and preferences, such as preferring a low Mass rather than a Mass with Gregorian chant.