Wednesday, January 3, 2018
TRADITIONAL CATHOLICS CAN CERTAINLY BE ECLECTIC IN THE VARIETY OF STYLES OF MASS AND MUSIC AVAILALBE TODAY
This past Sunday I celebrated the Cathedral's EF High Mass. It is suburbly chanted by a schola that rivals anything I have ever experienced and all done without accompaniment. As I celebrate this Mass once or twice a month, I feel as though I am stepping back to the time when even the organ had not been invented and instrumentation was not allowed in the Catholic liturgy. But it really isn't stepping back into time but remembering in the Jewish way of remembering and bringing a past event forward in a timeless way.
But in my parish at St. Anne's, we have a more contemporary sound to our singing and use more contemporary hymns and Mass settings. Catholic purists won't like this, but there isn't anything "unCatholic" about it or irreverent.
We chant the propers in a simply way in the vernacular in addition to any hymns or anthems that are sung. I chant all my priestly parts and the congregation sings all their parts of the Mass to include the Our Father. I use incense at our 11AM Mass.
I know that in pre-Vatican II times, many, many Catholics preferred the Low Mass on Sunday and were quite willing to go to an early Sunday Mass to fulfill their Sunday obligation. My father was this way, although I remember quite well attending sung Mass on a somewhat regular basis.
And yes, in the EF Mass it is possible to sing Mass settings that aren't Gregorian Chant or even Polyphony but secularized productions of the great masters which were questionable two centuries and more ago and papal concerns were voiced.
Can't a traditional Catholic love all legitmate forms of Masses and music and still be traditional. Yes you can!