Thursday, November 20, 2014
THE PROBLEM WITH PRIESTLY AND EPISCOPAL ORDINATIONS/INSTALLATIONS TODAY
Let's start with the triumphalism that began the Mass with its procession. The song which I did not know was nice enough, but with trumpet, tympani and a host of other royal accompaniment and style of playing, one would have thought a coronation liturgy was beginning better suited for a king.
I can't find a video of the Mass but I am sure there is one. The various styles of music were very disjointed too, from the triumphant opening hymn to the operatic Responsorial Psalm to the Gospel music and the quasi folk songs, like "Taste and See." Sentimentality, triumphalism, political correctness and opera were all in play.
Let me make it clear, the Cathedral choirs there exhibited perfection in technique but showmanship as well in their triumphant styles.
And of course political correctness points to making sure Spanish is prominent, English as well and any other language group represented at the Liturgy. Some songs were a mixture of langauges.
Perhaps Chicago could learn from papal Masses in Korea and certainly at the Vatican where Latin, (who would have thunk?) unified the Church in one great voice and hymn and praise.
Could you imagine how much nicer, less triumphant, more unifying and less political correct Archbishop Blase Cupich Installation Mass would have been if there had been the chanting of the Litany of the Saints (in Latin) for the procession of the cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests that would have concluded with the choir chanting the official Introit as the Celebrant approached the altar and incensed it.
Would not the Jubilatio Deo Gloria being sung in a sober way without any refrains or flairs been, well, glorious?
Would not a chanted Responsorial Psalm been better than the operatic one?
And for more sobriety, why not the official Offertory and Communion chants in Latin with fillers where needed and the simple Jubilatio Sanctus, Mystery of Faith and Great Amen and Lamb of God?
Actually the Lamb of God was in Latin.
Noble simplicity as well as authentic humility without any smack of triumphalism should mark Episcopal Ordinations/installations and today these should have a bit of a penitential sobriety!