Should this sort of liturgical planning guide for music at Mass be anathema today? Will your Pentecost Mass be superficial razzmatazz or chant that propels you to contemplation and prayer, not to mention reverence and piety in the traditional understanding of that in Catholicism? Or will it be superficial hype masquerading as prayer and piety?
Is it going to be folk music, worship and praise music, Protestant hymns or newly created Broadway sounding ditties written in a contemporary style for Pentecost Sunday?
Or is it going to be the chants of the Church prescribed in the Missal and the Roman Gradual?
Whose taste will prevail? The music director's? The pastor's? Or God forbid, the liturgy committee's?
This is what the Church will choose for Pentecost Sunday:
The Entrance Chant, chanted in simple or complex chant or polyphony:
Refrain: The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world, alleluia; and that which contains all things, knows every language spoken by men, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Verse: Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; and let those who hate him flee before his face.
Or Will your music director or someone in authority pick this song for you as the entrance song?
The Sequence (Latin):
Or will you hear this?
The Offertory Chant:
Confirm, O God, that which you have accomplished in our midst; from your holy temple which is in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to you, alleluia.
Or will the one in music authority in your parish pick this?
The Communion Chant:
Suddenly, a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, in the place where they were sitting, alleluia; and they were all filled with the Holy spirit, and announced the great things God had done, alleluia, alleluia.
Or will the one in authority in your parish pick this as the communion song?
The Roman Gradual does not prescribe a recessional hymn. Tradition continued at Papal Masses is for the Regina Caeli to be chanted during the Easter Season and the Salve Regina outside of Easter and prior to recessing.
In addition to these chants, do our Catholics understand that the other hymns of the Mass are each and every part of the Mass to include the readings also? Do they see the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Our Father and Agnus Dei as the authentic hymns of the Mass or do they feel that Catholics really haven't sung at Mass if they haven't sung some king of hymn or song from a hymnal during Mass?
If these were chanted at Mass and it was understood these are the music or songs of the Mass and no one needs to plan otherwise or use their own tastes and preferences to select music or songs, how much more unified would we be as a Church? Truly Pentecost would have come!
But let's face it, the contemporary songs that I posted in the videos above get one's adrenalin rushing like at a rock concert. The English chant videos I post propel one to prayer and contemplation without razzmatazz.
Is razzmatazz liturgical? Ever? Or is is superficial hype?
What music on Pentecost Sunday will be sung at your parish for the entrance, offertory and communion? Whose taste will have conquered the Church's selections?