It's the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's murder. I am a Beatles' fan and when I was a child in the early 1960's and the Beatles' British Invasion conquered America and Ed Sullivan, I watched his program live on that historic Sunday night when they appeared on his program. And yes my father forbade my brother and me from letting our hair grow out and cut like the Beatles haircut which originally was quite conservative! But I think we did get a Beatles' wig!
Yes, I was shocked and saddened by John Lennon's tragic death on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 30 years ago this very day. I will say a private prayer for the repose of his immortal soul today at our Immaculate Conception Masses.
AND YES, THE FOLK GROUP OF MY PARISH CHURCH IN THE 1960'S WHERE I GREW UP SANG THIS SONG FREQUENTLY AT MASS! AT THE TIME I THOUGHT IT WAS COOL, TODAY I WOULD PUKE! BUT I LOVE THAT SONG AND I LOVE THE VIDEO ABOVE. IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF SECULAR MUSIC THAT COULD BE USED FOR DEVOTIONAL PURPOSES BUT NEVER DRAGGED INTO THE MASS. THERE SHOULD BE A DICHOTOMY BETWEEN DEVOTIONAL AND LITURGICAL MUSIC.