Saturday, January 18, 2014
I THINK IT IS SAFE TO ASSUME THAT THIS CONFERENCE ON THE LITURGY IN AUSTRALIA WAS NOT "REFORM OF THE REFORM" BUT THE STATUS QUO OF THE LAST 40 YEARS
Michael Joncas at Praytell highlights he National Liturgy Conference in Wollongong, Australia, occurred this week.
The conference opened on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, with an opening Mass at Wollogong’s St. Francis Xavier Cathedral presided over by their Ordinary, Bishop Peter Ingham, DD.
Music selections included Dan Schutte’s “Here I Am, Lord” as the Entrance Song, David Haas’ “Blessed Are They” as the song at the Preparation of the Offerings, Michael Joncas “Take and Eat” as the Communion Processional Song, Christopher Walker’s “Take the Word of God with You” as the Recessional. Featured Australian composers included Paul Mason, whose “Mass of Glory and Praise” provided the service music and whose setting of Psalm 39/40 was sung as the Responsorial Psalm, and Richard Connolly, whose “Sing A New Song,” to James Philip McAuley’s text, provided a model post-Communion congregational song of praise.
My comment: While one may not like the stale selections of the trendy 1970's and 80's above, one could have asked if the actual "propers" of the Mass were chanted in addition to these non-liturgical songs added to the Mass (apart from the parts of the Mass). Do we still need to be singing devotional songs, best left to popular piety at Mass similar to what was done to the Low Mass on Sundays prior to Vatican II? I ask, you answer.